Louise, your thread got me searching for my Granddad's old engine again. I had assumed it must have been scrapped but found a reference to an engine number 263 here http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/pics/h-class.html
Does anyone know if they might have bought the engine and painted it up, or would there have been more than one engine with that number?
The interesting (to me anyway) thing is, about 3 years ago I went on the Bluebell railway for a friend's birthday. Wouldn't it be funny if the engine pulling the train I went on was the one my granddad drove from Stratford for years
I will probably email them unless someone can tell me on here. I compared photos and they do look very similar - to an ignoramus like me anyway
For any fans of nostalgia, I can highly recommend a trip on the Bluebell line (it is in Sussex) you can see the train in the photo. They have various trips. The one we went on included a buffet supper on the train. You travel a few miles and then return. About 1/2 way back they stop at another station where a marquee is set up and there was an old-time music hall show lasting about 1 1/2 hours. Not a bad evening's entertainment for little over £20 a head. All the stations are 100% authentic from early 1900s, including all the adverts and even the booking office. They have even used it for Poirot etc.
They have another one coming up on 30th June http://www.bluebell-railway.com/event/victorian-picnic/
We were lucky as there were about 10 of us. It was for a friend's mum's 60th. The director's carriage is usually £450 but nobody had booked it so they allowed our group to use it for no extra charge