Tenterden Terrier Number 123 - Spring 2014
Roger Allin and John Harding
The Chief Booking Clerk and Deputy Chief Booking Clerk report on passenger numbers for 2013. There was a grand total of 94,100 passengers, an increase of 12% on the previous year.
Future trains for heritage railways
A look at modern rolling stock that could one day run on heritage railways, with particular reference to the 'Pacer' four-wheel diesel units. Three examples of the now withdrawn Class 141 have been preserved and Class 142 is due to be withdrawn by 2019.
The winter floods
Photos of flooding in the Wittersham Road area by Stuart Phillips and Bradley Bottomley.
Saturday Gang 2013
Review of the work of the Locomotive Department's youth group since the last report in 2008. This has focused on the dismantling and overhaul of "Austerity" No. 25, "Northiam", and repairs to the tender of the "Norwegian" No. 376.
Warwick Deeping's train to Bodiam
The popular author of the early twentieth century, Warwick Deeping (1877-1950) described a visit to Bodiam Castle by K&ESR in his novel, "Roper's Row", published in 1929. It is suggested that his experience of the K&ESR before the First World War was the basis of his description.
3rd February 1974
The Editor gives a personal memoir of travelling on the K&ESR on the first day of its reopening to the public between Tenterden Town and "Pope's Cottage" permanent way hut. This was during the 'Three Day Week' crisis, and the K&ESR provided the only train running in Kent on that Sunday. Among those on the footplate that day were Jack Hoad, who had driven for the old company, and Mike Hart, then a young volunteer.
The way we were
Five colour photographs by an unknown photographer depict the K&ESR around 1974, during the first year of heritage operation.
Cavell van – the models
Two 4mm scale models of the Cavell van (SE&CR van No. 132) are described, one based on a plastic kit, and the other on Hornby Dublo and Wrenn models. The latter has opening doors, and is complete with the flag-draped coffin and other fittings which are on display in the actual van at Bodiam.
The tragedy of Mrs Mannington
Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Mannington of Abbey Farm, Salehurst, died when she was struck by a K&ESR train on 24 November 1911. The inquest, well reported in the local press, brought in a verdict of "Accidental death".
Tales of the uninspected
Amusing anecdotes from twenty-seven years as a travelling ticket inspector, involving, amongst others, cows, funerals, wedding parties, toilet water tanks and the Hastings diesel unit.
Obituary: John Bernard Snell, 1st January 1932-3rd January 2014
John Snell was educated at Bryanston School and Oxford University and in 1951 was one of the first volunteers on the Talyllyn Railway. After working for London Transport and British Railways, he was Managing Director of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway from 1972 to 1999. Following his retirement, he was for a short time a director of Colonel Stephens Railway Enterprises, the trading subsidiary of the K&ESR, and then joined the Rother Valley Railway at Robertsbridge.
A small boy's memories of a little railway that ran through Bodiam
The author recalls childhood holidays spent with relatives at Ockham House, Bodiam, where he explored the Guinness hop gardens and visited the station, where trains wer still Terrier-hauled.