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Tenterden Terrier

Terrier Number 6 - Spring 1975

Tenterden Terrier Number 6Number 6 – Spring 1975

The Kent & East Sussex Locomotive Trust
Graham Pattison
An analysis of its achievements and objectives.  In 1968, the Trust acquired the two USA class 0-6-0T locomotives, ‘Maunsell’ and ‘Wainwright’

Preservation and conservation
Eric Tonks
The writer recalls the “nave of trees” on either side of the line from Wittersham Road to beyond Northiam seen on his first visit on 11 August 1937.  When he visited the line again on 24 September 1946, they had nearly all gone.  He hopes that the preservationists will not “cut everything down to sleeper level, leaving a bare and featureless trackbed”

“The handsome Hunslets”
Peter Davis
History of the Hunslet “Austerity” class 0-6-0ST, particularly WD Nos, 91, 95 and 196 “Errol Lonsdale”, now on the K&ESR

Re-sleepering to Wittersham
Derek Dunlavey
Permanent way work in progress with the aim of extending services to Wittersham Road.  Straight sections of line are being re-laid using salvaged steel sleepers (used by British Railways between Rolvenden and Robertsbridge from 1948, and then obtained from the Elham Valley line

From our ticket collection.  The booking clerk’s nightmare
Robin Doust
A first-class ticket from Biddenden to Headcorn Junction, with features of both single and return tickets

1974 photographic competition
Some of the winning entries are reproduced

A memorable occasion.  The opening of Tenterden Town Station, 16th March 1903
Report of the opening ceremonies from the Kent County Examiner and Ashford Chronicle, together with some recently discovered photographs taken on opening day

Evidence in camera.  The Wolseley-Siddeley railbus
Stephen Garrett
Photographs of a Wolseley-Siddeley chain-driven motor car chassis fitted with rail wheels and an omnibus type body.  The vehicle is seen in the yard at Rolvenden, being unloaded at Chichester for the Selsey Tramway, out of use at Kinnerley (S&MR) in about 1934, and with its body transferred to an ex-LCC horse tram chassis as a trailer for “Gazelle” in 1939.  See also a letter from John Morgan (Tenterden Terrier No. 7, p.24, Summer 1975), showing the body in use as a lineside hut near Kinnerley on 21 September 1958

Personalities of the Kent and East Sussex.  3: Harry Batehup
Philip Shaw and Mark Yonge
Interview with Harry Batehup, who joined the K&ESR when he left the forces in 1919 and was station master at Bodiam for 35 years until 1954

The Hurst Nelson and Pickering carriages
Stephen Garrett
Account of the original carriages of the Rother Valley Railway and Kent & East Sussex Railway

From the railway archives.  Application for wage increase, 1915
Reproduces correspondence between Chas. Palmer, station agent at Biddenden, and H.F. Stephens

Sleeping beauty
Alastair Macfarlane
Poem in commemoration of the re-opening of the Kent & East Sussex Railway