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Or­der our exclusive ‘OO’ gauge ‘ready-to-run’ ‘USA’ 0-6-0Ts.

Maun­sell is one of the bright­est liv­er­ied ‘USAS’ we of­fer, thanks to the time it spent at Ash­ford works in the mid-1960s. Built by Vul­can Iron­works in 1943 as USA Trans­porta­tion Corps No. 1968, it be­came one of the 15 ‘S100s’ bought by the South­ern rail­way in 1947, where it be­came No. 65. At na­tion­al­i­sa­tion, the new No. 30065 was at work at Southamp­ton docks un­til Oc­to­ber 1962, when it joined class­mate No. 30070 on de­part­men­tal du­ties at Ash­ford works. Both were painted green, lined in yel­low, and both were named - No. 30070 be­com­ing ds238 Wain­wright (af­ter the Secr lo­co­mo­tive en­gi­neer) whereas No. 30065 was chris­tened ds237 Maun­sell (af­ter the South­ern rail­way’s first Chief Me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer). The pair re­mained in traf­fic un­til July 9 1967, but they weren’t sold un­til March 1968. En route to Barry scrap­yard in South wales, they got as far as Ton­bridge be­fore they be­gan to run ‘hot’, and were left there un­til the Au­gust, when they were re-sold to the Kent & east Sus­sex rail­way. Maun­sell was with­drawn from ser­vice at the Kesr in early 2017, and now re­quires a full over­haul. Mean­while, Wain­wright should re-en­ter ser­vice this year, al­beit painted in full Long­moor Mil­i­tary rail­way liv­ery.

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