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Tenterden Terrier

Terrier Number 108 – Spring 2009

terrier108Number 108 – SPRING 2009

From the board room
Nick Pallant
A selection of topics discussed at Directors' meetings in September, October and November 2008

Geoff Crouch
The recently appointed Director for Volunteering emphasizes the need to retain and recruit volunteers

Fred Waller 25th April 1926 - 8th January 2009
Nick Wood
Fred Waller, whose father was a guard on the Hawkhurst branch, joined the Southern Railway in 1942 and after a break for National Service became a signalman. He retired in 1991, and joined the K&ESR as a volunteer signalman. He played cricket for many years and was also a keen motor cyclist

Tickets please
Duncan Buchanan
An analysis of passenger numbers in 2008, when a total of 84,860 were carried, 7.9% fewer than in 2007. There is a review of trends in passengers carried since 1974, including a separate look at those attending ThomasTM and Santa Special events

The Terrier Trust
Ian Scarlett
Describes the position and plans of the Terrier Trust, which is responsible for the two Terrier locomotives on the K&ESR, No. 3 Bodiam and No. 32678 Knowle, both of which ran on the line in pre-nationalisation days

Resurrection of a lost pioneer: Gervase
Brian Janes and Mike Hart
0-4-0 Sentinel loco Gervase was converted from a Manning Wardle saddle tank in 1927 and eventually worked for Standard Brick & Sand Co. Ltd. at Redhill, who donated it to the K&ESR for preservation in 1962. It was used in the early 1960s but fell into disuse. The remains were acquired by Mike Hart in 2008 and Gervase is now being rebuilt to working order in South Yorkshire

Membership matters
The Membership Team present membership figures over the last 25 years. Concerns include a recent fall in the percentage of members renewing and a decline in the number of Family members

After death do us part
Philip Shaw
Members are invited to consider making legacies to the K&ESR, either for specific projects or for general purposes

Carriages and things. Part 2: Wagons, vans and things
Brian Janes
Following a review of carriages in the previous Tenterden Terrier, this article looks at the current fleet of wagons, vans and cranes. The wagons on the line, whether primarily used for practical purposes or kept for heritage interest are in variable condition, and some are suffering neglect. Suggests that "were we to take our task of presenting a rural light railway as an educational resource, we would do more to present this part of the fleet as an important part of our heritage"