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Tenterden Terrier Number 115 - Summer 2011

Terrier 115 - Summer 2011

The Kent & East Sussex Railway's London & South Western carriages
Brian Janes
History of the fourteen ex-L&SWR carriages acquired by the K&ESR between 1910 and 1943. They included four- and six-wheelers and bogie carriages, and the last of them was withdrawn in 1951

Storing a loco
David Hunter
Details of the measures taken to protect Austerity 0-6-0ST No. 24 from further deterioration during its outside storage while it awaits overhaul

Junction Road Weekend 19th and 20th March 2011
Photo feature depicting the Rother Valley Limited and other trains on the new extension to Junction Road

Spring Gala 30th April – 2nd May 2011
Photos of some events at the Spring Gala, including the visiting 'City of Truro', 0-4-0T 'Marcia' newly returned to service and the re-creation of a 1950s photograph of a train with Terriers at front and rear passing Bodiam Castle

What is the Benenden Healthcare Society?
Carol Mitchell
The Society aims to plug gaps in health treatment left by the NHS and to provide a safety net. Since 2010, membership has been open to anyone who is a member of a charity (including the K&ESR)

Stephens, Diplock and the Pedrail
Tom Burnham
From 1897 to 1906, Holman F. Stephens was assistant managing director of Diplock's Patent Traction Engine Haulage Syndicate Ltd., Bramah J. Diplock, whose father was a friend of Stephens' father, invented improvements to steam traction engines including a four wheel drive system and the Pedrail, a forerunner of the caterpillar track. He envisaged a national system of steam-powered road haulage, but, despite being mentioned in a short story by H.G. Wells, his ideas came to nothing

Gricer's Mark I Musings
A regular volunteer wonders whether ticket inspectors should put on a more traditional performance and speculates on special events on the K&ESR

A railway day out Down Under
Peter Southgate
Describes an excursion from Hobart to Ross in January 2004, after the demise of all regular rail passenger services in Tasmania. The excursion included coaches from the Tasman Limited express of the 1950s, and made a stop at Paratta for tea. These excursions no longer run, as although Tasmania still has a fair amount of rail freight traffic, the track is not now maintained to passenger standards

Working undercover is for wimps! An engine overhaul at Shepherdswell in 1931
Charles Judge
Describes the overhaul of K&ESR No. 2 'Northiam' at Shepherdswell in 1931, while on loan to the East Kent Railway, illustrated with two previously unpublished photographs by the late Morton Middleditch

Obituary: John Miller
John Miller, who died on 25th May 2011 aged 76, joined the K&ESR in 1972, and two years later became Clearance Manager. He was Chairman of the Board in 1984 and 1985, and then devoted much energy and enthusiasm to setting up the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum, opened in 1998. He then pioneered the restoration and maintenance of Bodiam station, and recently purchased and masterminded the restoration of the Cavell Van. Until he retired in 1991, John had spent much of his working life as a nurse with the NHS, including responsibility for the commissioning of the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford

Obituary: Christopher Mitchell
Chris Mitchell, who died on 15th April 2011 aged 66, joined the Kent & East Sussex Railway Association, as it then was, in the 1960s, and, despite life-long asthma, worked hard for the railway. He became a fireman and, in 1982, fulfilled a childhood ambition when he was passed out as a driver. As his asthma progressively worsened, Chris did his best to remain positive and continued to help the railway in a number of ways, including serving as Volunteer Representative on the Employment Committee for a number of years

Obituary: David Sinclair
Dave Sinclair died on 9th May 2011 aged 77. He was a professional railwayman whose expertise was in rolling stock, at Ashford Works, Stewarts Lane and Ramsgate. He was a volunteer member of the K&ESR from 1963, serving on the committee of the original Preservation Society, and effectively founded the Carriage & Wagon Department of the K&ESR. His son was born with severe disabilities, and this led Dave to work for charities in this field. It also resulted in the conversion of the Mark I coach, 'Petros', for the use of disabled people travelling on the K&ESR. The conversion, carried out by British Railways at Stewarts Lane, showed that a toilet suitable for use by people with disabilities could be installed within railway vehicles of the usual British dimensions