Terrier Number 126 - Spring 2015
The Chief Booking Clerk reviews passenger numbers for 2014. The total was 83,886, 10.6% fewer than in 2014.
Off to pastures new
Austerity 0-6-0ST No. 24 (Hunslet 3800 of 1953) left the K&ESR for the Colne Valley Railway in Essex in 2014. It had been on the K&ESR since 1971 and was latterly owned by the Rolvenden Steam enterprises group.
People in profile: Ian Legg
An interview with the Deputy Chairman of the K&ESR, who started working as an volunteer with the former Tunbridge wells area Group and eventually joined the Board in 2006.
The next generation: Ben Goodsell
Andrew Morris and Anthony Ramsey
A profile of a 16-year-old volunteer, who has worked in catering, the loco department (as a steam raiser) and permanent way, and aims to begin training as a signalman.
CFBS/K&ESR working weekend
Nine K&ESR members visited the Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme at St Valery, France, for a working weekend in November 2014.
From the footplate: Fireman
A former fireman (now promoted to driver) explains the responsibilities involved, and describes a trip from Tenterden to Bodiam on the loco from the fireman’s point of view.
The passage of the Cavell Van
Describes how a train headed by Terrier No. 32670 was organised for 1st November to transfer the Cavell Van from Bodiam to Tenterden Town, where it would form part of Remembrance events on 8th, 9th and 11th November.
Gricer’s irregular musings
A long-standing volunteer gives a personal view of events on the K&ESR, including failures of communication, special events, the aim to give visitors a “complete day out” and the proposal to present Northiam station in Second world war condition.
The bridges of the Kent & East Sussex Railway
The railway’s bridge engineer describes the history of and recent work on the principal bridges on the line: Mill Tail Race Bridge, Rolvenden (2330), Newmill Channel Bridge (2336), Hexden Channel Bridge (2347) and River Rother Bridge (2353). There are also a considerable number of culverts to be located and inspected.
Carrying the hoppers
For many years until 1958, there were through trains to bring hop-pickers from London to Junction Road, Bodiam and Northiam and bring their friends and families to visit them at weekends. This article looks at the rolling stock provided by the Southern Railway and British Railways for these trains over the years.