During our 2011 summer holiday we stayed in Kent for a while. A good opportunity to visit the Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden.
2 Tenterden is a lovely rural station exemplary for the likes of the hundreds that have sprawled the English countryside before Beeching axed them
3 A standard 0-6-0 austerity War Department locomotive, designed initially for the war effort. After the war numerous locomotives were assembled to provide for the loss of locomotives during the war and from remaining spare parts. No 23 was built in 1952 and named after one of the intiators of the original K&ESR.
4 The shooter shot
7 Always time to have a chat. As usual a preservation railway is above all a railway: security first and driving is serious business, but on the other hand that easy going touch is always there.
8 Watching the rest of the staff.
10 Not only the locomotives have been preserved. No serious, it is too easy to joke on that, I'm always enjoy to see men like this passionately at work.
11 Opening the gates
15 The impressive contents of the signalbox, in pristine condition as far as I can judge.
22 Part of the complicated operation wiring
23 Beforelong a Terrier came alongside the platform. The K&ESR has two of the ten still surviving members of this class of 50 small six coupled tank locomotives built by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway between 1872 and 1880.
38 Backing up in the yard
40 Waiting to hand over the lock to protect the block.