Tenterden Terrier

A Summary of Kent & East Sussex Locomotives and Rolling Stock

The story of the locomotives and rolling stock of the K&ESR is often presented as a chaotic mix of second-hand stock acquired as and when needed but this was never true.

The prime determinant of provision of stock was traffic requirements. All trains except railmotors were run as mixed trains for economy reasons, and small locomotives meant that coaches must be light with high capacity. Stock acquisitions and changes made during the existence of the line were quite logical and fall into six main phases.

  • New stock acquired at opening together with some second-hand locomotives and stock to cope as the business became established when finance was short.
  • Adaptation of coaches to cope with changes in ticket issuing brought about by discussions with the Board of Trade.
  • New stock acquired for extensions
  • Second-hand stock bought to meet the Board’s, for its time advanced, decision in 1910 to steam heat trains, with consequent disposals and alterations.
  • Ford and Shefflex Railmotors to supplement services.
  • Replacements, renewals and locomotive hirings in the 1930s.

Throughout Stephens’ time there was a propensity to operate carriages as fixed sets of three to four 4 and 6 wheeled carriages; this was broken for a brief period when the Pickering bogies were in operation for they seem to have operated in pairs except, presumably, for high days and holidays. As the LSWR coaches with steam heating became available they were formed into a set and the 1905 GER coaches (Nos 20-22) were converted to a steam-heated set which stayed together throughout the Stephens’ years.

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K&ESR No (and name)

Type

Builder or originating company (to K&ESR)

Disposal date

Locomotives

1 (Northiam)

2-4-0T

Hawthorn Leslie (1900)

1941

2 (Tenterden)

2-4-0T

Hawthorn Leslie (1900)

1941

3 (Bodiam)

0-6-0T ‘Terrier

LB&SCR (1900)

Extant

4 (Hecate)

0-8-0T

Hawthorn Leslie (1904)

1932

4 second

0-6-0ST

SR ex LSWR (1932)

1948

5 (Rolvenden)

0-6-0T ‘Terrier

LB&SCR (1904)

C1935

6

Railmotor

Pickering (1905)

1941

7 (Rother)

0-6-0 Ilfracombe Goods

L&SWR (1910)

C1940

8(Ringing Rock later Hesperus)

0-6-0ST

GWR (1914)

1941

9 (Juno)

0-6-0 Ilfracombe Goods

L&SWR (1914)

C1940

Carriages

1

4w 3rd Saloon

Hurst Nelson (1900)

Rebuilt 1904

1 second

Bogie rebuild 3rd brake

Pickering (1904)

1934

1 Duplicate 4w 3rd Brake LSWR (1911) 1948

1 third

Bogie 3rd Brake

SR,LSWR (1943)

To BR

2
4w 3rd Saloon

Hurst Nelson (1900)

Rebuilt 1904

2 second

6w Composite

LSWR (1910)

To SR 1932

2 third

Bogie 3rd Brake

SR,LSWR (1932)

1948

3

4w 3rd Saloon

Hurst Nelson (1900)

Rebuilt 1904

3 second

Bogie Composite Brake

SR,LSWR (1932)

1948

4

4w 3rd Saloon

Hurst Nelson (1900)

Rebuilt 1904

4 second

Bogie rebuild Composite brake

Pickering (1904)

1935

4 duplicate

6w composite

LSWR (1911)

1948

4 third

Bogie 3rd Brake

SR,LSWR (1936)

1948

5

1st

Hurst Nelson (1900)

Rebuilt 1904

5 second

Bogie 3rd Brake

SR,LSWR (1936)

1948

6

1st

Hurst Nelson (1900)

Rebuilt 1904

6 second

Bogie rebuild 3rd

Pickering (1904)

1932

6 duplicate

4w 3rd Brake

LSWR (1911)

1944

6 third

Bogie 3rd Brake

SR,LSWR (1943)

To BR

7

4w Full Brake

Hurst Nelson (1900)

To Selsey Tramway c1916

7 second

8

4w Full Brake

Hurst Nelson (1900)

1935

9

4w 3rd Brake, Van from 1910

GER (1901)

1935

9 second

6w 3rd  Brake

LSWR (1911)

To SR 1932

10

4w 3rd Brake

GER (1902)

To S&MLR 1916

10 second

4w Royal Saloon

PD&SWJR (1912)

To SR 1936

11

4w  3rd

CLC (1902)

To East Kent Light c1910

12

4w Composite

CLC (1902)

To East Kent Light c1910

13

4w 3rd

GER (1903)

To East Kent Light c1910

14

4w Full Brake

NLR (c1904)

To East Kent Light c1910

15

4w Full Brake

NLR (c1904)

1948

16

Railmotor

Pickering (1905)

Renumbered  to Locomotive No 6 (see above)

17

Bogie Brake composite

Pickering (1905)

To East Kent Light c1910

17 second

6w 3rd Brake

LSWR (1911)

1944

18

Bogie 3rd

Pickering (1905)

To Woolmer Instructional Railway c1910

18 second

6w 3rd Brake

LSWR (1911)

1948

19

Bogie 3rd Brake

Pickering (1905)

To Woolmer Instructional Railway c1910

19 second

4w 3rd Brake

LSWR (1910)

1948

20

4w 3rd brake

GER (1906)

1935

21

4w Composite

GER (1906)

1935

22

4w 3rd Brake

GER (1906)

1935

Wagons

1-10

Open Goods(1900)

Pickering

Officially1939(1-6),some earlier

1-4 second

Open Goods

SR ,LB&SCR (1940)

To BR

11-12

Cattle Wagons

GER (1901)

1935 (11),1944(12)

13-14

Cattle Wagons

NE (1904)

1928 (14), 1935 (13)

13 second

Cattle Wagon

SER (1928)

1948

24

Goods Brake

GWR (1907)

1944

Crane with no number, runner ‘Crane Guard No 1’

Travelling Crane & Runner

Pickering (1904)

1948

No Number

Breakdown Crane & runner

MR (1919)

1948