‘Crab & Winkle’ Invicta re-homed in Whitstable

‘Crab & Winkle’ Invicta re-homed in Whitstable

Canterbury & Whitstable Railway (C&WR) 0-4-0 Invicta left its long-term home in the city of Canterbury on June 16 to become the star exhibit in the Whitstable Community Museum and Gallery.

The veteran locomotive was constructed in 1829 at Robert Stephenson & Co’s Forth Street works in Newcastle immediately after the world-famous Rocket.

The 1829-built Canterbury & Whitstable Railway 0-4-0 Invicta in its previous home at the Canterbury Heritage Museum prior to being transferred to Whitstable.

On arrival in Whitstable it was gingerly craned over a string of rooftops and lowered into its new home, some 189 years after it first arrived in the coastal town.

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Invicta has been joined in its new home by a stationary winding engine, which was also built by Robert Stephenson for the C&WR, and used to cable-haul trains at Clowes Wood.

It is the world’s oldest surviving railway winding engine, pre-dating the National Railway Museum’s Weatherhill and Swannington engines.

Read more in the July 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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