Terrier Number 128 - Winter 2015
People in profile - Shaun Dewey
An interview with the new General Manager, who started on the K&ESR in July, emphasising the importance of increasing revenue, developing each station in its own right and expanding the pool of volunteers.
The Terrier Trust in focus
An update on the activities of the Terrier Trust, which owns loco 32678 and has a 75% interest in No. 3. The two locos were used more frequently on public operating days during 2015. The Trustees have proposed converting the Trust into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
Photo feature on the official opening of the new carriage storage shed on Sunday 20th September 2015. The shed was also visited by a short rail tour by the Branch Line Society on 11th October, using the DMMU (photo on page 3).
More bridges of the Kent & East Sussex Railway
The survey of the underline structures of the K&ESR is continued to just west of the Hexden Channel Bridge (No. 2336), with some additional details on bridges mentioned earlier. Instead of the traditional axle loading, the Equivalent Uniformly Distributed Load Method (EUDL) is now used to determine what stock can run, as on Network Rail and London Underground.
Halcyon days at Northiam
Reminiscences of voluntering at Northiam station in the 1990s are concluded, with references to the appearance of preserved buses, and to a visit to Castle Toll, a mound of uncertain origin about half a mile northwest of Hexden Channel Bridge.
The Headcorn Extension 60 years on
2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the track between Tenterden Town and Headcorn being lifted by George Cohen (The 600 Group). The author, who was an unofficial tea-boy to the gang, recalls this activity and surveys what is left to be seen today.
The next generation
A profile of Keith Allen, who became a volunteer signalman at Wittersham Road after visiting the National Railway Museum and enjoying a K&ESR Signal Box Experience Day.
Change at Three Chimneys for Tenterden
Outlines the Cranbrook, Maidstone & Weald of Kent Railway, proposed in 1856, which would have run from Maidstone to Headcorn, then south to the Three Chimneys, on the Biddenden to Sissinghurst road, where it would have divided with branches to Cranbrook and Tenterden.
Summer Sunday in Tenterden Town box
An account of a signalman’s busy day.
The Northiam Christmas nightmare
On a foggy Christmas Eve at Northiam, the crew of the last Santa Special find their hot tea frozen in its can. This ghost story tells what they see next...