Canterbury East


Departing the then recently refurbished station is a Class 47-hauled InterCity Cross Country service from Manchester to Dover Western Docks. By this time, the signal box had acquired ''Network SouthEast'' name signs, as part of the station refurbishment programme. © John Horton

26th August 1991

Approaching the signal box is Class 47 No. 47828, with the Dover Western Docks to Manchester InterCity Cross Country service. As the next view will show, the locomotive is in a spot of bother. © John Horton

26th August 1991

Diesel in distress! No. 47828 arrived at Canterbury East with No. 2 bogie on fire, and the above view shows efforts to extinguish the flames. The signalman on duty was Stewart Fleming, whom had the photographer, John Horton, assist him during the incident. John telephoned control to arrange for a rescue locomotive, which later transpired to be Class 47 No. 47229, which came light engine from Dover. The signalman also had John scotch and clip all points, and he conducted the driver ''wrong road'' of No. 47229 into Canterbury East, bringing the locomotive onto the front of the train. The service departed 145 minutes late, and John later received a service award for his assistance. What happened to the locomotive? The fun and games were not yet over for No. 47828. The diesel was repaired, but nine months after the incident at Canterbury, it found itself running sideways into Manchester Piccadilly, as the points underneath it changed. After privatisation, it was absorbed into the Virgin locomotive fleet and named ''Severn Valley Railway'', and latterly became part of the DRS fleet. © John Horton