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Tenterden Terrier

Terrier Number 107 – Winter 2008

Tenterden Terrier Number 107Number 107 – Winter 2008

Closing bells for Peter Lamont
Clive Norman
Reports the retirement of Peter Lamont after 16 years in charge of the training of signalmen on the K&ESR

Carriages and things
Brian Janes
A review of the carriages currently in use on the K&ESR – British Railways Mark 1s, Pullmans, Maunsells and vintage coaches.  Present policy is to restore enough older carriages to form a second vintage set.  The desirability of providing covered accommodation for wooden carriages once restored is emphasized.  There is a double-page spread of photos of the launch of the newly restored ex-SE&CR ‘Birdcage’ brake carriage

Hop-pickers weekend 2008
John Miller
Describes the hoppers’ weekend held at Bodiam in brilliant weather on 13-14 September.  This year was the 50th anniversary of the last hop-pickers’ train from London Bridge to Bodiam, and this was marked by running a train of two Maunsell carriages hauled by Class ‘03’ diesel D2023 (instead of the ‘03’ diesel 11223 used in 1958)

From the board room
Nick Pallant
The Company Secretary outlines points from the Board meetings in May, June and July

Island of dreams
Philip Shaw
The Financial Director of the K&ESR compares the 2007 accounts of the K&ESR with those of the Isle of Wight Railway, which achieved a similar number of passenger journeys, albeit on a line about half the length

Bodiam in the sixties
Tom Burnham
Schoolboy recollections of working parties at Bodiam from 1967

The Saturday gang
David Hunter
The Locomotive Department’s Saturday Gang has nine regular attenders, five of whom have just completed their GCSEs.  The writer explains how working at Rolvenden has taught him new skills and unearthed talents he never knew he had, which are influencing his future career

2008 AGM speech
Norman Brice
The Chairman of the K&ESR explains the actions being taken to ensure that the railway will continue to survive in difficult economic and financial times

Stephens’ engineering innovations – 2: Acetylene lighting
Brian Janes
Holman Stephens was a pioneer in using acetylene gas (generated as required from calcium carbide and water) not only for illuminating stations on the original Rother Valley Railway, but also for carriage lighting on most of his standard gauge light railways