Terrier Number 129 - Spring 2016
Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme in focus
Report on developments in 2015 on the K&ESR’s twin railway in France, including preparations for the Steam Gala in April 2016, when one of the visiting engines is to be the K&ESR “Norwegian” 2-6-0.
The next generation: Oli Bournes
Profile of a 17-year-old volunteer in the Loco Department.
People in profile: new K&ESR chairman Jamie Douglas
Jamie has been a Director of the Kent & East Sussex Railway since October 2014, although he has been a volunteer since “some time before 1990”. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees in December 2015.
Obituary: Howard Ashton
Howard Ashton died in August 2015 at the age of just over 102. He began volunteering as a travelling ticket inspector, and then qualified as a signalman at Tenterden Town signalbox. He continued to serve in both these capacities until the late 1990s.
The Chief Booking Clerk analyses passenger numbers for 2015, which totalled 76,291, 5.6% fewer than in 2014. The numbers include 865 for the schools’ Evacuation Week, 1409 for charters relating to cruise ships and 233 for private charters. For 2016, the fare structure is generally the same, but the price of a Family ticket is reduced..
A trip on the Rother
An article which first appeared in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer in 1909, describing a circular tour. Starting from Hastings, the author travelled to Robertsbridge by the SE&CR, and then by the K&ESR to Bodiam. At Bodiam bridge he joined a motor launch to Rye, together with a number of visitors including several Americans. From Rye, he returned to Hastings on a SE&CR steam railcar.
Lyn Owen’s collection
The late Lyn Owen had a collection of more than 60,000 photographs of railway and other subjects, which are now being digitised on behalf of his family. Five of Lyn’s photographs of the K&ESR before it re-opened are reproduced here, four taken in 1968 and one in 1971.
By light railway to the Castle
Bodiam Castle had been a significant tourist attraction for most of the nineteenth century, but access was made much easier by the opening of the Rother Valley Railway in 1900. This article outlines the history of the Castle and its preservation, and describes a number of visits to it by organised groups in the Edwardian period.
Permanent way awards
Permanent way gang 5/190, based at Robertsbridge, received awards from British Railways Southern Region for the high standard of maintenance of the track in their charge during 1950 and 1951. Includes photographs of the presentations (at Robertsbridge and Wittersham Road, respectively), and the certificates given to lengthman C.A. (Charlie) Wood.