Saturday, 1 January 2011

TID Tugs

Here's two TID tugs that are preserved in the UK, both have their original steam engines installed.
TID 164 at Chatham Historic Dockyard in 2010


Brent, the former TID 159 at Maldon, Essex.

There are a number of ideas as to the meaning of TID, I have always understood it to mean 'Tug, Inshore & Dock'. 182 of this class of tug were ordered during World War II. A number remain in commercial service both in the UK and beyond. TID tugs have proved popular with model makers and a number of kits are available.

A 3rd steam TID is preserved in the UK, TID 172, based at Mistley, Essex.

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