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Brake Van

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Did this Brake Van ever run on a Colonel Stephens Line?

brake vanIn the Kent and East Sussex Railway section of the W H Austen album of photographs held in the Museum Archive is a photograph of a Brake Van. It is a post card endorsed on the back with Ernest E Cornforth, Stoke on Trent, England. This name is also carried on the Van itself. Cornforth was a dealer who supplied an Engine to Stephens for the Snailbeach in the early 1920's. The Colonel was never keen on brake vans and did not generally use them on trains. However his lines generally had one each. The K&ESR example was GWR in origin and well documented and photographed. The S&MR, which had a van very similar to this one but with a lower roofline. That probably came from the Great Eastern or the London Tilbury and Southend railways. The Van in the photo is almost certainly second hand and may well be from the London Tilbury and Southland. Any guidance on origin, destination or E E Cornforth would be most welcome.