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Nov 04, '20

Canterbury & Whitstable Railway

I first saw the “Invicta” locomotive in 1964 at Canterbury, Kent. It was on a plinth outside the City walls by a roundabout. It was particular striking in bright red paint work with a tall black smoke stack.

The Canterbury & Whitstable Railway was the Britain's second public railway. Its 2-2-0 locomotive, built by Robert Stephenson in 1829, and now happily preserved, was the locomotive built immediately following Stephenson's "Rocket."

The Canterbury & Whitstable Railway was chartered by an Act of Parliament on 10 June 1825 and opened for traffic on 3 May 1830. The engineer was nominally George Stephenson, though in practice most of the work was deputed to his assistant John Dixon.

The major engineering work was the Tyler Hill Tunnel, which had the distinction of being the world's first railway tunnel. It was visited by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1835 preparatory to drawing up the plans for Box Tunnel. The two steepest gradients on the line were originally cable inclines worked by stationary engines, but locomotive power was introduced throughout after the South Eastern Railway took over the line in 1844. The line became part of the Southern Railway in 1923. Passenger service was withdrawn on 1 January 1931, followed by the withdrawal of goods traffic on 1 March 1953. The trackbed is now a footpath.

No Coincidence

The Universe places you in the 3D Matrix precisely in time and space according to your frequency and resonance for a variety of reasons.

Let us examine my connection with railways.

“A guy has got to have some money and he has got to impress his girl with some money and a set of wheels. The wheels came from Dad and they weren‟t very good wheels, but they were all right. I aspired to this rather aristocratic beauty that I had got to know and I was busy trying to impress her well-to-do parents.

Things were going really well.

Does all this sound somewhat familiar, just another time and another place! Alexander Baillie Kell had felt and thought the same way about Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" Spalding, now it was my turn to feel the same way about Pauline Elizabeth Danter, my Sallie. This time I would not make the mistake, money was important I had learnt my lesson. I was determined to succeed.

My Gap Year

Time to knuckle down and do some work. Off I went to Margate Station. All dressed up with the suit on, to talk to Mr Nuttall. Mr Nuttall was a short gentleman with ginger hair. Always shouting a lot, a bit like the Fat Controller in Thomas the Tank Engine, a very accurate character portrayal. He was very abrupt and brusque, but he liked me because I think. I think he like my dad, too.

He said, “You are exactly what I need. I can offer you a six-month job on Broadstairs Station, which will allow me the time to look around for somebody more permanent. In that way I won’t have to be rushed into appointing somebody. So I am very pleased to offer you a position as Upside Railman at Broadstairs Railway Station.”

Gosh, I was chuffed. I didn‟t ask about the wages or anything. Apparently it was £25.00 a week, but it would be tax-free.

Looking back now it all looks so much like the hand of the matrix at work. Alexander Baillie Kell had gone to work on the railroad in 1876 after his catalogue of personal disasters. Losing the promotion, losing the war, losing Sallie to McKinley, losing Mary his fiancée due to lack of money and worst of all losing his little niece Margery Baillie Kell aged 7 to infant mortality. Yet this time the railroad would pave the way to securing the practical financial aspects of winning his/my bride.

I didn’t really know anything about money. All I knew was that I needed money and that it was £25.00 a week, but being tax free I could earn £600 in a tax year without paying tax so it was worth doing. Luckily enough the job started in January, which would allow me to earn £300 before the tax year in April 5, 1974. And then to earn £600 afterwards but I decided that as soon as I started paying tax I would pack it in because one doesn’t want to give the Government any more money than one has to.

Hettie(sic) his favourite sister had been worried about him all those years ago, "I begged Baillie to give me his $50 bounty money to keep for him and that with some of mine and what you will send me makes $100 which I will send Mr. Gue to put out for us in the shape of a Confederate bond. . .I have persuaded Baillie to give me all he can spare to keep for him, for he is so regardless of money".

I was determined sub-consciously not to make the same mistake and this time around. With money I could win my Sallie.

And so I went to work on the railway. I didn’t know what to expect. My first job in the real world, if you like. Boots the Chemist had been very civilised. I had parted company with Boots on amicable terms, they were a bit disappointed that I wasn’t going to be a pharmacist, because I had decided to read Agricultural Zoology at University, but I was doing something I liked doing and wanted to do. Everything seemed to be going along smoothly in the matrix.”

I liked trains, but these weren’t steam trains, these were electric trains with a live rail - it takes all the fun out of it, having no steam. Steam engines were powerful roaring lumbering beasts with individual character. I always had a thing about the old prototype Wild West trains, with the big black smokestacks. My favourite being the old General 4-4-0 locomotive.

Years later I had a big G scale model of the General over my black board in the Physics laboratory. I had even altered the shape of the smokestack to make its profile more accurate to the original, complete with nameplate and paint job of the W&A RR.

The General

After visiting the real General locomotive in the museum at Big Shanty, Kennesaw near Atlanta, February 2001. I discovered that the “General” had been used for track laying duties during the period of Baillie's employment as a civil engineer on the railroad. It is entirely probable that my attachment to the locomotive stems to this period, as Baillie would have seen the locomotive daily in his work routine.

“We touched down 09:00 hours January 31, 2001. In no time we had rented a car and headed north to Kennesaw Mountain. This was the site of Baillie's most vivid memory of hauling the cannons up to the top of the mountain and shooting down on the Yanks. I tingled all over in anticipation. After checking in to the Days Inn, Kennesaw, we headed north again to Big Shanty to view the famous locomotive, the General. The beauty of the engine had not diminished with time and I was well and truly immersed into the Civil War experience. Later we drove to the Battlefield Park and reached the top of the mountain as the sun was setting. I had that same feeling of being, just a breath away in time as I strolled amongst the cannons lining the crest. I had experienced the exact same feeling at Gettysburg, on Little Round Top, as I strode between the guns in 1991, the setting sun and twilight combining to induce a mystical connecting experience. I was reliving the past. I walked forward to the edge, held my imaginary musket and took several shots and the Yankee ghosts. It was exactly as I had remembered; the emotional feeling of security was overwhelming. The Yanks hadn't stood a chance.”

Excerpts from “Rebel Spirit” Published 2001

I now have five Lionel “General” O gauge locomotives!

Kurt Daluege

Also Kurt Daluege studied Railway and Canal Engineering at the University of Berlin.

00.00.1919-00.00.1920 Obtained practical experience in mechanical engineering.

00.00.1921-00.00.1924 Studied construction engineering at the Technischen Hochschule Berlin-Charlottenburg.

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