by Percy Whitlock
The South Eastern and Chatham Railway and the London , Chatham and Dover Railway Amalgamated 1899 LOCOMOTIVES: Their Description, History, distinctive features and interest.
The first branch of line that has come to be The South Eastern & Chatham Railway was from Canterbury to Whitstable, which was opened 3 rd of May 1830. The first train of twenty open carriages was drawn by the “Invicta” which (though not in its original form) can be seen at Canterbury in Dane John Gardens . She was built by the Stephensons and was their 20 th engine, The “Rocket” being the 19th. Originally she had 4 coupled 4ft wheels; cylinders 10 x 18; boiler had 25 3” tubes. Heating surface 192 sq ft Working Pressure 40 lb to begin & weighed 6¼ tons.
Crampton, a Broadstairs man born in 1816 who had much to do with the Great Western Railway[,] built many engines which came to be used on the South Eastern, & the Chatham & Dover . One of his engines the “ Liverpool ” had 8 wheels, 8ft drivers & weighed with its tender 56 tons; at times this locomotive reached a speed of 79 mph.
The first engines for the actual “South Eastern” line were built by Sharp, Roberts & Co. Then in small batches came engines from Nasmith, Bury, Tulk & Ley, Jones & Potts, Forester etc up till 1851 when ten new Crampton's were put on. One of these[,] No 136 the “Folkestone”[,] was in the 1851[Great] Exhibition. She was a 4.2.0 with 6ft drivers & 3ft 6 bogies; cylinders 15 x 22 & weighed 26¼ tons.
In 1853 James Janson Cudworth built the first engine at Ashford:- 0.4.0 passenger loco. Wheels 5ft 6, cylinders 15 x 20, heating surface 1191, weight 271/2 tons, & next year 1857 he introduced his coal burners. In the latter part of 1857 he made his experiments with No 142 fitting her with a 7ft 6 sloping firebox (grate 7ft) with two furnaces. During 1857 also Cudworth introduced the first of his large goods engines[,] two of which (built 1863) had Mansell wooden wheels. In 1861 came the first of his 2.2.2's (7ft drivers, 4ft 9 bogies & 4ft trailing wheels). These also had two grates:- heating surface 1137; working pressure 130; weight 331/2 tons. Most of these had 17 x 22 cylinders but some [had] 16 x 22 & one of these latter[,] No 81 “The Flying Dutchman”[,] worked the Royal trains. Cudworth resigned in 1876 & was succeeded by Alfred Watkin on whose resignation Ashford was managed by R C Mansell until the coming of James Stirling with whose engines this book commences. The last 2.4.0 Cudworth passenger loco to be withdrawn from service was no 38, in October 1904.
 Compiled in 1923 as a birthday present for Edna Kingdon, much to the annoyance and incredulity of Edna's mother, who thought it a highly inappropriate gift!
Letter to William Coulthard  1 November 1939
The Pavilion, Bournemouth
Dear Mr Coulthard,
Many thanks for your interesting letter. I am very glad to hear that my work is agreeable to you. Naturally I am always pleased to hear that my compositions fill a need, and prove interesting to players.
I have heard a lot about your fine organ at S. Bees, and have actually received a letter some years ago from Col Dixon on the subject of organs in Bournemouth . He is a widely read, and experienced man, and his writings always prove most interesting.
I met Canon Code at the Midhurst Sanatorium, where we were both laid aside for a while  , and he has visited me twice since, and has been most kind, as you say, in introducing some of my music at Carlisle .
You are correct as to the initials in the Plymouth Suite: the others are H Austin Dewdney, a rather despondent local music critic; Dr Dixon (boro' organist at Lancaster ) – and generally the naughty boy at any party; and Dom Winfrith, a dear old man, organist at Buckfast Abbey in Devonshire .
I know of the organ at Durham of course, but have not yet had the opportunity to play it.
No, I have no more stuff in the press just now, as at the moment I am working full time in another part of the Pavilion, which has been made into the Food Office for the Borough. I have been put in charge of the records and checking dept which is most interesting work, and am still organist here, with a recital every Sunday afternoon, and a share in the other concerts as required.
I think you would like a good deal of the organ here, I will enclose herewith a revised specification. The Great, Swell, and Pedal are noble departments of classical design. The solo is a normal department, plus a complete battery of cinema effects, and the Choir is an intermediate accompanimental department of considerable utility. I hope you will have the opportunity of seeing the organ before long.
With best wishes,
Percy Whitlock - Borough Organist
 William M Coulthard, organist at St Bees Priory Church, Cumbria (1936-50), famed for its 1899 Father Willis organ.
 In 1928. Code was a Canon at Carlisle Cathedral.