Tenterden Terrier

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Can you help us in our research into Colonel Stephens Works

Did This Brake Van ever run on a Colonel Stephens Line?

Did This Brake Van ever run on a Colonel Stephens Line?

In the Kent and East Sussex Railway section of the W H Austen album of photographs held in the Museum Archive is a photograph of a Brake Van. It is a post card endorsed on the back with Ernest E Cornforth, Stoke on Trent, England. This name is also carried on the Van itself. Cornforth was a dealer who supplied an Engine to Stephens for the Snailbeach in the early 1920's.
The Colonel was never keen on brake vans and did not generally use them on trains. However his lines generally had one each. The K&ESR example was GWR in origin and well documented and photographed. The S&MR, which had a van very similar to this one but with a lower roofline. That probably came from the Great Eastern or the London Tilbury and Southend railways.
The Van in the photo is almost certainly second hand and may well be from the London Tilbury and Southland. Any guidance on origin, destination or E E Cornforth would be most welcome.

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Is the gentleman in the straw hat Herbert Nigel (later Sir Nigel) Gresley? Is the gentleman in the straw hat Herbert Nigel (later Sir Nigel) Gresley?

The photo was taken on in 1924 or 1925 probably on the day the little petrol tractor was delivered to the Rye and Camber. The others in the photo are Colonel Stephens and George Wratten , the tractor's regular driver.

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 Does anybody know of, or have access to, a photograph of Manning Wardle 50/1862 whilst it was in service with the War Department at Tidworth Camp between 1914 and 1929 and probably carried the name 'Hecate' during that time. The engine seems to have been extensively rebuilt with unusual solid wheel centres and new Boiler in 1916 and a works style photo of the engine in this state is in the W H Austen collection in the Archives but has no proven Stephens connection.

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 Does anybody have knowledge of a photograph of the platform at Pontesbury GWR/LNWR joint station ? The museum has acquired a lamp from the station and wishes to display it with a photograph to illustrate the start of the Snailbeach.

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Is this William Rigby? Does anybody know of a picture of the Contractor William Rigby (1850-1929) who worked closely with Stephens and was Chairman of the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire. The attached picture may be of him but we have no positive identification.

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