The Last of the line ‑ Shunting Horse called Charlie
Photographed at Newmarket in 1956.
Photograph by E.C. Griffiths Courtesy of Malcolm McGeorge
Although we had Charlie and his master Mr. Lawrence Kelly a year or two ago, we venture to show them again in memory of the great work done by horses over 150 years for the railways of Great Britain.
First in their construction, also shunting, but above all, the carting on the streets of our towns.
Now sadly no more, Charlie spent his retirement on a Somerset farm, the very last of these splendid animals.
Update: An article on Charlie has been added to the National Railway Museum showing another photograph. Click here to read more.