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Tenterden Terrier

Terrier Number 130 - Summer 2016

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The Colonel Stephens Society in focus
Ross Shimmon
Started in 1985, the Society provides a forum for those interested in the railways built or managed by Colonel H.F. Stephens, whether their interest lies primarily in the railways’ history or in modelling them. Activities include a magazine, ‘The Colonel’, and an annual memebers’ weekend, visiting Stephens-related railways in sites. The Society provides a representative to sit on the Colonel Stephens Museum committee, and makes grants towards relevant preservation project, from which both the Museum and the K&ESR have benefited.

Obituary: John Bourne 1927-2016
Chris Fautley
John Bourne had been involved with reopening the K&ESR and then became a leading member of the Friends of Northiam, principally as Station Master but also helping out in the booking office or tea room.

Obituary: ‘Chris’ Crouch 1939-2016
Chris worked for British Gypsum, apart from National Service in the Army in Germany, and also restored Morris Minors, which he and his wife, Sylvia, exhibited around the country. He joined the K&ESR as a volunteer booking clerk at Bodiam, and became Station Master there and at Tenterden Town. He was also a member of the Bodiam Group, looking after the gardens there and manning the gate at the Hop Pickers’ Weekend.

Obituary: Stephen Garrett 1946-2016
Ross Shimmon
Stephen wrote the first letter to ‘The Farmer’s Line’, the predecessor of the ‘Tenterden Terrier, and was Assistant Editor of the ‘Terrier’ for many years from 1974. He is widely known for his historical research,having written the standard histories of the K&ESR (now unfortunately out of print) and the East Kent Railway for the Oakwood Press, together with a volume on ‘Colonel Stephens railmotors’.

Ready for Robertsbridge
This appeal, launched in late 2014 to assist with improvements to the existing line ready for trains once again running through to Robertsbridge, had £15,445 in its restricted fund at 1 June 2016.

Northiam tea room
‘This England’ magazine presented the Northiam tea rooms with a ‘Finest Tea Rooms Award’ certificate in February 2016.

Flash! Bang! Wallop! What a picture!
Chris Fautley
Describes experiences when photographing the K&ESR in 1995, including a photographic charter on a rather misty morning and an evening on the Wealden Pullman.

People in profile: Paul Jessett
Chris Fautley
An interview with Paul Jessett, who retired from London Underground in 2010 after 38 years and joined the K&ESR in 2012. In 2015 he was appointed as a Trustee and Safety Director.

The Baie de Somme Railway tenth steam festival
Mike Bunn
The Chemin de Fer Baie de Somme (CFBS) held its latest steam festival (Festival du Vapeur) on 15-17 April 2016. This has become the largest railway event in France, and attracted many visitors, including a sizable contingent from the UK. Although primarily a metre-gauge railway, the CFBS has mixed gauge from Noyelles to St Valery and so was able to host a number of visiting engines including the Norwegian 2-6-0 from the K&ESR (NSB No. 376). The event also marked the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the K&ESR and the CFBS with appropriate speeches.

Colonel Stephens’ engineering innovations: concrete sleepers
Brian Janes
A report was published in 1919 on the use of concrete sleepers on the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway, made by the railway staff on days when weather prevented outside work. At first, concrete blocks connected by steel tie-rods (old point rodding) were used every three or four with unconnected concrete blocks between but later wooden sleepers were used instead of the blocks with tie rods. The use of concrete blocks continued for some time, and many were still in place when the railway was dismantled in 1943.

Railway Experience Days: the Howard Wallace-Sims years, 2008-2014
Howard looks back on his seven-year spell in charge of Railway Experience Days (RXD), with a number of anecdotes about customers and railway staff.

Martin Welsford’s Railway Experience Days, 2005-2016
The longest-serving member of the RXD team, both as fireman and coordinator, looks back on three managers and hundreds of happy customers.

Reading between the lines
David Penn
Investigation of the story behind the minutes of the Rother Valley (Light) Railway Compaany directors meetings between 1897 and 1899, with particular reference to the role of John Barrett Lennard as company promoter.

Early memories of the K&ESR
Barny Humphris
Photographs and memories of visits to stations from Robertsbridge to Rolvenden and Tenterden during the early years of preservation in the 1960s.