FASHODA, when the train first ran to Tollesbury. Postcard, not mailed.
The opening of the Tollesbury Railway - locomotive is FASHODA.
An Essex County Standard report on the opening of the railway on Whit Monday 1904 says "Novel excursions were made on the new line from Kelvedon to Tollesbury, the journey being made in ballast wagons with sleepers serving as seats. "The contractor's smart little engine 'Fashoda' gaily decorated was used. [David Thornton in Plough and Sail].
The contractors Scott & Middleton used a Manning Wardle 0-6-0 saddle tank in the final stages of construction. [The Tollesbury Branch by Peter Paye]
Date: 23 May 1904
This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.