A PRIZE was offered for the best decorated engine on an official excursion of the former London Brighton and South Coast Railway in 1898. The rival running sheds of Battersea and New Cross competed. In addition to decorations on the locomotives, the coal was whitewashed, as was always done for Royal trains.
“Allen Sarle” (above) represented Battersea. “Allen Sarle” was one of the well-
[From part 41, published 8 November 1935]