Golden age of steam returns to Hastings railway line

Hastings Borough Council officer and train enthusiast Kevin Boorman took these impressive images of a steam locomotive passing through Hastings Station on Saturday.

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Steam train at Hastings 1 SUS-190624-081130001

The ‘Black 5’ steam loco 44871 was enroute back to London Victoria via Tonbridge. Passengers had almost three hours in the town, after having travelled here via Eastbourne.

The Stanier Black 5 locomotives were in common use during the post-war hey-day of steam trains and were designed to haul both passenger and freight trains.

The locomotive itself weighs 72.1 tons and its tender 53.7 tons.

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