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Tenterden Terrier

Tenterden Terrier Number 119 - Winter 2012

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No. 6619 – moving South Wales coal
Brian Janes
Ex-Great Western Railway 0-6-2T No. 6619 of the 56xx class has been acquired for use on the K&ESR. Two hundred engines of the class were built between 1924 and 1928 to replace earlier locomotives of similar layout for coal traffic in the South Wales valleys. Nine of the class survive in preservation. 6619 emerged from Swindon works in January 1928 and spent much of its working life based at Barry depot. It was withdrawn in March 1963 and was eventually purchased for use on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, returning to service there in October 1984

Early days
Chris Fautley
A number of long-standing members share their memories of the very early days of K&ESR preservation, fifty or more years ago

Sunny days
Jo Roesen
Memories and photographs of permanent way working parties from 1975, when the limit of operation was Willows Curve, just beyond Rolvenden, and Wickham trollies were the main means of transport for volunteers and materials

A sentimental journey
Ian Scarlett
Photo feature of the last train commemoration on 11 June 2011 which re-created a typical mixed train of the early 1950s, including "Terrier" No. 32662 and a "Birdcage" carriage in early BR crimson

Gricer's Mark I musings
A regular volunteer comments on recent happenings on the K&ESR, including overcrowding on trains, the value of special events, the rebuilding of the accessible carriage Petros, and the high per-mile fares charged to passengers not making a full return journey

Obituary: Mick Pierce
John Michael Pierce was born in 1933 and managed railway station bookstalls for W.H. Smith for the whole of his working life. He was a volunteer at the shop at Tenterden Town for about twenty-five years and helped to rebuild it to a higher standard. Mick died in September 2012

Obituary: Peter Reginald Thorogood
Peter Thorogood was born in 1947 and was a parks manager, latterly with Tower Hamlets Council, until his retirement in 2006. He became a volunteer on the K&ESR in 1986, and from 1996 was manager of the Forestry and Conservation Department, as well as helping with the buffet and in many other activities. Peter died in September 2012

Lest we forget
Photograph by Graham Bessant of a memorial in Salehurst church to Private Henry Osborne of the Royal Sussex Regiment, who was killed at the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915. The memorial was erected "by the Directors & Staff of the Kent & East Sussex Railway, upon which undertaking he was employed in the Engineering Department"

War Department, Southern Railway built, World War Two brake vans
David Lindsell
The Southern Railway built forty goods brake vans for the War Department in two batches at Lancing and Ashford works in 1941-1942. They were to the standard SR design of the period, but was fitted with vacuum brake cylinders. Several examples survive, including one (originally WD 11003) on the K&ESR, which was purchased from the Longmoor Military Railway in 1969

Commemorative locomotives of World War 1
Brian Janes
The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum has recently been loaned by the National Railway Museum York a nameplate from London & North Western "Prince of Wales" class 4-6-0 No. 2275 "Edith Cavell". The article describes the background to this naming and to those of other commemoratively named locomotives of the period, including "Patriot" on the L&NWR, "Valour" on the Great Central Railway and "Remembrance" on the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway