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Some locomotives are easier to travel behind than others. Some are very hard to travel behind. In the latter category, is the BTH diesel-electric on the K&ESR. This fine locomotive hauled two Tenterden Town - Bodiam return trips yesterday. I managed a ride behind her on the first trip. Shown running round at Bodiam
 

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What is the history, where was it used? I can't find a info about this BTH 40?
 

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Three locomotives of this design were built in 1931-32 to LMS loading gauge for use at Ford, Dagenham. They had to cross the ex-LTSR lines so had to fit. One was built out of the best parts of the three for preservation. Worked the sidings into Hodsons Mill, Robertsbridge between 1967-71, and the last train from Robertsbridge to Bodiam before the track was lifted.

Scheduled to run again on 30 May, hauling the 12:15 and 2:30 trains from Tenterden Town, returning with the 1:13 and 3:28 trains from Bodiam.
 

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Obviously that was given in good faith and there is no guarantee of it running. Best to check direct with KESR before undertaking a long journey.
 
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