Terrier Number 131 - Winter 2016
Focus on the Colonel Stephens Museums
A roundup of developments in the Museum, including the first season of free entry, recent acquisitions, an experiment with smartphone NFC tags to give additional information, preparations for the arrival of the late Colin Shutt’s replica Ford railmotor and the use of the Cavell Van as a backdrop for a performance by the folk trio, ‘Harp and a Monkey’.
Rother Valley Railway refocused
Developments at Robertsbridge Junction include a visit by Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy CBE, erection of the ex-Shrewsbury Abbey water tower once at Wittersham Road, completion of the relaying of the bay platform by Network Rail, and the donation of a Isuzu road-rail vehicle to be used for contract weedkilling.
The next generation: Anthony Wilson
A profile of 20-year-old Ant, who studied engineering at Canterbury College and is now on the full-time staff of the K&ESR, working in the Carriage & Wagon Department.
A clear understanding
Emphasises the importance of unambiguous communication when passing verbal messages and explains the use of the international standard (NATO) phonetic alphabet.
Gricer’s occasional musings
A regular volunteer comments on the need to keep in touch with volunteers, and how to make the railway experience even better for our visitors.
Colonel Stephens: a pioneer of internal combustion engines for railway use
With the anticipated arrival of a replica railmotor for display at Tenterden, this article looks at Colonel Stephens’ achievements with new forms of traction, including the Ford and Shefflex railmotors, Drewry railcars and Muir-Hill tractors on the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead, and narrow-gauge petrol and diesel locomotives on the Festiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.
6619 - relighting the fire
Ex-Great Western Railway Swindon-built 56xx class 0-6-2T arrived on the K&ESR in late 2012, and was used regularly until 2014. It is owned by 6619 Ltd, a company in which the K&ESR has a shareholding. Return to traffic will involve work on the boiler and chassis.
Rolvenden Carriage Storage Shed and sidings
September 2015 saw the opening of the new £500,000 carriage storage shed and sidings at Rolvenden in the field opposite the sewage works. This investment in the K&ESR’s long-term future has been made possible by the generosity of the Rother Valley Railway Heritage Trust and their sponsors as part of preparations to be Ready for Robertsbridge. This article explains how the shed is used and operated, and the changes and challenges that have occurred since opening.
Remembrance of a Sussex family
Of the children of James and Ellen Osborne of Salehurst, Albert John Osborne (1886-1951) worked for Colonel Stephens as a chainman, and then served as his batman during the First World War. His older brother Henry (Harry), born in about 1876, served in the Army during the South African War, then joined the K&ESR as a platelayer. Recalled to the Army as a reservist in 1914, he was killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos in 1915, and is commemorated by a plaque in Salehurst Parish Church, paid forr by the K&ESR. Two other members of the Osborne family also died in the War, Albert’s older brother George in 1917 and his nephew William James Osborne in 1916.
Trials of a stationmaster: problems at Bodiam 100 years ago
Although Bodiam seems a small, sleepy station, two men (William Barnes Rothwell and Arthur John Pobjoy) who were appointed to take charge of it in 1913 and 1914, respectively, found it difficult to cope with the demands placed on them. However, because of these difficulties we can learn something about the day-to-day working of the K&ESR 100 years ago.