Added November 2019
D1 no 234 ‘Rottingdean’
D1 no 239 ex ‘Patcham’
D1 no 241 ex ‘Stanmer’
D1 no 239 ‘Patcham’ was built in 1881, and survived long enough to be repainted in Maunsell green in 1941. The photo (right) shows Patcham in its original condition in Stroudley’s passenger livery.
The loco spent the war years as a firefighting loco as part the Brighton’s Air Raid Precautions. Ten engines were fitted in 1941 with pumps in place of the rear toolbox, capable of delivering a ton of water per minute. It lasted a further few years until 1948 albeit just to provide steam for the canteen at Orpington!
’Patcham’ seems to have been a little accident prone as seen in these three photos, firstly a major accident, requiring both Brighton steam cranes to attend to lift Patcham back onto the tracks, and secondly a rather lesser incident.
During their lifetime, the D1’s acquired three distinct boiler patterns. My model of ‘Rottingdean’ is built with the original Stroudley boiler. During Billinton’s tenure as CME, these engines were fitted with similar boilers, but with the dome mounted further forward on the middle boiler ring, as shown in the photos above left, and right.
The three photos below show the engine in action on Plumpton Green.