Pushing a train up a steep gradient, Folkes
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Pushing a train up a steep gradient, Folkestone, Kent, c 1960. The 1.25 mile branch from Folkestone Harbour to Folkestone Junction is notable for its severe gradient; mostly 1 in 36 with a short length as steep in 1 in 30. The branch always presented operating difficulties with banking asistance in the rear being required by heavy boat trains. Transferred from the Western Region, 57xx Clas pannier tank locomotive No 4616 is seen here performing this duty.