It isn’t usually like this: new kits and bits arriving here seemingly every other day, but as I couldn’t make it to the Gauge 0 Guild’s trade show at Kettering over the weekend, Kettering had to come to me! In the parcel with the NSR 3-plank wagons were two other limited edition kits from Meteor – LB&SCR Stroudley cattle wagons. These have resin-cast sides and ends, a brass roof and white metal running gear. It’ll be interesting to see how they match up with my solitary white metal example from Roxey, which is, I believe, a Billinton design.

The Brighton harboured plans to extend it’s influence into the East End north of the river, which may have given rise to the names given to some of their A-Class tanks, viz: Fenchurch, Bishopsgate, Leadenhall, etc. A junction off the East London Railway, under the Great Eastern’s massive Whitechapel coal drops was let in, but the line truncated after a couple of hundred yards,  the intention had been to form a junction with the GER at Cambridge Heath, however these plans came to naught.

In 1876 the London and Brighton did reach as far as Liverpool Street via the ELR though from1886 this service was cut back to Shoreditch, the GER taking control of services into the terminus, that company also having taken control of all goods services through the Thames Tunnel from about 1880.

With the Extended Widened Lines feeding the New Thames Tunnel there was an increase in cross-river goods services, the LB&SCR, LC&DR and SER all contributing and feeding into the north shore docklands and markets.

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