Terrier Number 132 - Spring 2017
The Great Western railcar in focus
Railcar No 20 was built at Swindon and entered service in June 1940. It was delivered to Robertsbridge in April 1966 and in February 1974 formed the first scheduled passenger train on the reopened K&ESR. After extensive use during the rest of the 1970s, it has been undergoing rebuilding ever since, with extensive reconstruction of the body and overhaul or replacement of the mechanical and electrical equipment, which continues.
Welcome to 08888/D4118
This Class 08 diesel-electric shunter arrived from DB Cargo at Hoo Junction on 15 December 2016. It was built at Horwich works and entered service in February 1962. It will enter service on the K&ESR after re-installation of the vacuum brake and removal of some of the remote control equipment, and will be repainted to an earlier livery later in the year.
The Chief Booking Clerk reports on passenger numbers during 2016, which totalled 76,670, 0.49% more than in 2015.
Where there’s a will...
The Chair of the Finance Committee expresses thanks for a legacy to the K&ESR from the estate of the late Lance King (a leading light in the Continental Railway Circle). He asks members to remember the K&ESR when writing their wills.
Reconnection at Robertsbridge
Reports the visit by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chairman of Network Rail, on 6 December 2016 to open the reinstated junction between the bay platform at Robertsbridge station and the Rother Valley Railway. The connection was used by the main line locomotives 739651 and 66718, which then ran from Robertsbridge Junction station to Northbridge Street.
The next generation: Angus White
Angus has been a volunteer with the Saturday Gang at Rolvenden for about two years. He is now 18 and is studying mechanical engineering at Sussex Coast College in Ore.
The Board for 2016/17
Following a request at the 2016 AGM, there are photographs of each of the Trustees/Directors of the K&ESR, together with a group photograph at a recent Board meeting.
Operational Skills Weekend: sharing the knowledge
Over the weekend of 15-16 October 2016, the South East section of the Institution of Railway Operators hosted their Operational Skills weekend at the K&ESR. A total of seven members attended, with varying roles across the rail industry, with the aim of gaining hands-on experience in a range of front-line roles.
Railway Experience Days
A report on the new format adopted for the popular RXDs in 2016, with a further change planned for 2017. Behind the Scenes tours are also well received, and Signal Box Experience Days are to be reintroduced.
Brian Heyes - a celebration
An obituary of Brian Gordon Heyes, who died on 22 December 2016. He was born in 1939 and began his working life as a cleaner and then fireman on steam locomotives at Bricklayers Arms. He later joined the Post Office, finally taking early retirement as a transport manager. As a volunteer on the K&ESR, he was a driver, ran the 300 Club and was Chair of The Terrier Trust for eleven years.
Roy Franklin Seaborne, 1930-2016
Roy Seaborne worked as an electrical and electronics engineer before starting his own property development company, which proved very successful. Having been a supporter of the K&ESR for some time, he became the first major benefactor of the Rother Valley Railway in the early 1990s, purchasing land at Robertsbridge and also a number of bridge girders recovered from the main line near Staplehurst, some of which have been used to rebuild the bridges between Robertsbridge Junction station and Northbridge Street.
Gricer’s occasional musings
A regular volunteer comments on the need for good communication with volunteers, the increasing strain on older members and the challenges of more visitors.
Santa season 2016
A photo feature on the successful Santa Special season.
People in profile: Charles Lucas
An interview with the Chief Station Master. Charles has been a member of the K&ESR since 2000, and as well as Station Master he also serves as Guard, Booking clerk and Ticket Inspector.
Extraordinary traffic and excessive weights
Building the Cranbrook and Paddock Wood Railway between 1891 and 1893 required a great deal of building materials to be brought in by road, mainly in wagons hauled by traction engines. Litigation by Kent County Council to recover the additional cost of repairing the roads from the contractor (Joseph T. Firbank) throws light on the methods used and shows why having a railway to carry heavy goods was so important.