The miner’s strike and lack of coal moving by rail meant that the two locos at the Strood Coal Concentration Depot had no work to undertake during my visit on 26th October 1984. Ex-Port of Bristol Authority Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 diesel mechanical ’31’ (works No.D1172 built in 1959) is in the company of 0-4-0 diesel mechanical ‘Telemon’ built at the Vulcan Foundry (works No.D295 – Drewry Car Co.2568 of 1955), which had previously worked at the nearby William Cory’s Rochester Coal Wharf. This loco is now at the Cambrian Railway, Oswestry but the Hudswell Clarke didn’t survive.
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