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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 100 - October 2008

Robert Avonside 0-6-0 ST No. 2068 Robert

Avonside Engine 2068 Robert 1933
Information provided by Colin Alliez via Alan Sturrock

The engine was ordered by the Staveley Coal and Iron Co Ltd on 22nd May 1933, for use at their Lamport Calcine Sidings, Hanging Houghton, Northamptonshire, where she worked all her working life until September 1969. She bore the name Lamport No 3 for most of this time. Plant number 8310/19 was allocated in April 1966 until she was sold to Peter Elms in September 1969 and moved to the LRPS London Road Garage where she stayed until March l970, then moved to Quainton Road. She stayed at Quainton until October 1971. The loco then moved to the Foxfield Light Railway, then the Peak Railway and Midland Railway where she gained the number 8 and was named "Robert". Sold to the Dockland Development Corporation in late 1993 for the Kew Bridge Steam Museum, she was placed on display at the end of Windsor Terrace Roundabout, Beckton. Ownership passed to Newham BC when the DDC was disbanded in early 1999. She is currently on display at Meridian Square Stratford. Given the 2012 Olympics development going on in Stratford, will she stay there?

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 2008 and so does not reflect events in the 6+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Avonside Engine 2068 Robert 1933, Information provided by Colin Alliez via Alan Sturrock - Quainton News No. 100 - October 2008

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