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Terrier Number 104 – Winter 2007

Tenterden Terrier Number 104Number 104 – Winter 2007

Lord Deedes
Nick Pallant

Brief obituary of Lord Deedes of Aldington – Bill Deedes – who was President of the K&ESR and died on 17 August 2007

Tour de France
Chris Wood
On Sunday 8 July 2007, the Tour de France crossed the K&ESR at Cranbrook Road level crossing. The railway carried 887 passengers, including 325 from Rolvenden, where a park and ride operation was set up

Times past, times present
John Miller
The Hon Museum Curator outlines how the Colonel Stephens museum at Tenterden has developed over the thirty years since part of the K&ESR museum collection first went on display in the Town Museum

Gilbert Savil Szlumper (1884-1969)
Tom Burnham
Looks at the life and career of Gilbert Szlumper, Assistant General Manager of the Southern Railway from 1925 to 1937 and General Manager from then until 1939, who was one of Colonel Stephens’ few close friends

2007 AGM speech
Norman Brice
The Chairman’s ‘State of the Railway’ address to the Annual General Meeting on 13 October 2007

Company Secretary’s notes
Nick Pallant
Summary of the Board meetings in June, July and September 2007

Sentinel locomotive trials on the S&MR
Brian Janes
The Sentinel Company of Shrewsbury tested some of their locomotives (with a high-speed engine and vertical boiler) on the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway. Two tried out in 1927 were Works No. 6515, originally built for the Great Western Railway, and No. 6776. No. 6515 survives in working order on the Lavender Line at Isfield, Sussex

Jeremiah MacVeagh MP
Tom Burnham
Jeremiah MacVeagh (1870-1932) was an Irish Nationalist MP who after the establishment of the Irish Free State became a barrister in England and a company director on both sides of the Irish Sea. He was associated with Colonel Stephens in the proposed Southern Heights Light Railway and other projects in the 1920s, and was a director of several Colonel Stephens railways, including the K&ESR

Early days
Robin Doust
The secretary of the original Kent & East Sussex Railway Preservation Society describes some incidents in the pioneering days of the 1960s, particularly in connection with the purchase of the Pullman cars ‘Barbara’ and ‘Theodora’

William Rigby’s contracts
Jim Greaves
Gives details of two contracts completed by William Rigby for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway – improvements at Margate West station from 1912 to 1914, and restoration of the line between Folkestone and Dover, closed by a landslide in 1915, which was completed in 1919

It was 40 years ago today…
Wilf Watters
Memories of a first visit to the K&ESR in 1967, returning the following week to film a run by No. 3 ‘Bodiam’ and two carriages from Rolvenden to Robertsbridge