Sunday, 16 August 2009

Hidden History


Picture above taken 19th August 2009 - a sad sight !

The refurbishment of the Leisure Centre has given local residents views of a hidden gem. The history of the locomotive is documented on this website, however, does anyone know how the locomotive ended up in the grounds of the Leatherhead Leisure Centre ?

7 comments:

  1. More details here . Will it be left at Leatherhead to rot ?

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  2. The Fat Controller20 August 2009 at 20:24

    Apparently it was donated to the Leisure Centre when the Water Park was still open. It may have been for the children to play on.

    The donor was allegedly Adrian White founder of Biwater in Dorking. Biwater is associated with a company that was once part of George Stephenson empire. The company the made the loco was owned by Robert Stephenson.

    The Industrial Railway Society, think a preservation trust would be interested in rescuing the engine from the scrap yard.

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  3. A a point of interest, the staem locomotive called 'Leatherhead' is no longer in existence as a complete unit. Initial research, suggests some of it's parts were used to restore other engines. The 'Leatherhead' was named after St. John's School because other engines in this class of locomotives were all named after famous school on the lines that they serviced. The class was known as the 'schools' class.

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  4. The name plate for the 'Leatherhead' now resides at St Johns School

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  5. The engine was located at the Nene Valley Railway from 1974 to 1981. See here

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  6. The Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation society has just purchased 3837 from Mole Valley district council where she has been standing on display for over 25 years behind Leatherhead leisure centre. We are now in the process of moving her to her new home where she will be fully overhauled into full working order.
    for more infomation go to www.3837.pvsonline.com

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  7. The Hawthorn Leslie 3837 Preservation society has just purchased 3837 from Mole Valley district council where she has been standing on display for over 25 years behind Leatherhead leisure centre. We are now in the process of moving her to her new home where she will be fully overhauled into full working order.
    for more infomation go to www.3837.pvsonline.com

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