Tenterden Terrier Number 125 - Winter 2014
Robertsbridge in focus
Update on progress being made by the Rother Valley Railway to re-build the missing link of the K&ESR. A detailed planning application for the reinstatement of the line between Northbridge Street and Junction Road was submitted to Rother District Council at the end of June and is expected to be considered by the Council towards the end of 2014.
A memorial experience
Brian was interviewed by Michael Portillo for a BBC television series on "Railways of the Great War", in connection with the Cavell Van. Filming took place during a journey in the van from Bodiam to Tenterden Town.
Ready for Robertsbridge
Graham Hukins and Stuart Phillips
A plan outlining the necessary improvements to the present K&ESR to ensure that the line is ready for running steam trains between Tenterden Town and Robertsbridge Junction by 2020. Aspects discussed are: carriages; steam locomotives; diesel locomotives, railcar and multiple unit; stations and infrastructure; staff; and fundraising. The policy was unanimously adopted by the K&ESR Board in 2014.
Volunteering: a route to employment?
Examines the benefits of volunteering in the context of 'employability', and explains how the K&ESR can assist those looking for work. The experience of the 'Saturday Gang' at Rolvenden over the years provides a context for this discussion. Members are provided with a 'Record of Achievement', in sections ranging from engineering skills to more general ones.
Farewell to 'The Bumper'
Marking 60 years since the K&ESR closed to passengers and the Headcorn extension closed completely, this article looks at the newspaper coverage of the closure and the events leading up to it. This divided into the 'loss of essential services' and the 'bucolic' schools of journalism.
Trespassers will be prosecuted
Court cases reported in the local press between 1917 and 1939 show that trespass on the railway and other forms of anti-social behaviour were prevalent even then.
The old 'uns
To mark the fortieth anniversary of the reopening of the K&ESR, as many of those who had volunteered on the line between 1961 and 1974 as could be traced were invited to a special event on Saturday 20 September 2014. About 80 guests gathered at Tenterden Town station, and were taken by special train to Bodiam and by vintage bus from there to Robertsbridge. Here they had a tour of the station, a brakevan ride to Northbridge Street level crossing and back, and a talk about the project by Gardner Crawley, before returning to Tenterden.
From the footplate: steam raiser
Looks at the first steps on the ladder to become a steam locomotive driver.
Obituary: Ray Collins
Ray was a key member of the Finance Department for many years from the early 1990s, and also served as Finance Director of Colonel Stephens Railway Enterprises Ltd. He also worked in the booking office, eventually taking over from John Emmott as Chief Booking Clerk.
The water tank at Rolvenden is at least 60 years old (perhaps 80) and was last cleaned out and painted in the 1970s. It was cleaned and re-coated internally in 2012; as the coating has to be applied in dry, warm weather, an alternative locomotive water supply had to be arranged. Direct costs were about £7,000, and 25 man-days were required to complete the job.
The white van man
Following a car crash on the way to the railway, a K&ESR volunteer receives kindness and help from a stranger in a white van...