Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway
AP3567/1895, 2-2-0TG, "SYDENHAM"

"SYDENHAM" is a Tramway Geared Locomotive built by Aveling & Porter at their Rochester Works in 1895 and fitted with a Fowler type compound cylinder block and 4ft driving wheels. The locomotive was ordered by the Beadle Brothers, [later Cory & Sons] of Erith, Kent, for whom the locomotive worked for all its commercial life, alongside "SIR VINCENT", another Aveling & Porter Tramway Locomotive until 1954. In the 1930s the locomotive returned to Aveling & Porter's Rochester Works - Now Demolished - to be rebuilt.

The locomotive returned again in the 1940s to be fitted with a new firebox and tubeplate. The loco only worked for a short time on its return from Avelings Work's, as in 1952 a diesel locomotive was sent to work at Erith, "SYDENHAM" was then made the spare engine.

"SYDENHAM" was purchased in the 1960's by the Enfield Veteran Vehicle Club, who rallied the locomotive for a short time, until the locomotive was presented to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in 1969. The locomotive was loaned to Chatham Historic Dockyard and in September 1997, the loco moved back to Kent for restoration by the North Kent Industrial Locmotive Society at Chatham Dockyard.

The locomotive is kept in working order and used occasionally on demonstration freight trains. Only five standard gauge Aveling & Porter Tramway Locomotives survive in preservation, of which "SYDENHAM" is the second oldest, and the only example fitted with a Fowler type compound cylinder block.

Aveling & Porter Tramway Loco, 2-2-0TG, Works No.3567/1895, "SYDENHAM"
British Oil & Cake Mills, Erith.
British Oil & Cake Mills, Erith.
©A.Swain/Transport Treasury. 1960/1
British Oil & Cake Mills, Erith.
British Oil & Cake Mills, Erith.
©A.Swain/Transport Treasury. 1960/1
British Oil & Cake Mills, Erith.
British Oil & Cake Mills, Erith.
©A.Swain/Transport Treasury. 1960/1
SYDENHAM with her sister SIR VINCENT
Aveling & Porter locomotives, "SYDENHAM" [AP3567/1895] and "SIR VINCENT" [AP8800/1917] and 4 wheel diesel locomotive "CRABTREE" [RH338416/1953].
©H.Davis. 1960/1
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