Norwegian star of a rural English light railway

Blog post updated with pictures taken in May 2014

Loco Yard

Locoyard - Norwegian class 21c - 376 (1996 - Kent & East Sussex Railway)If there is one thing that the Kent and East Sussex Railway (K&ESR) has in abundance it is character.  The line that currently runs from Tenterden to Bodiam in south east England is a light railway that originally opened in 1900 (named the Rother Valley Railway).  It was a result of the 1896 light railways act that allowed construction of cheap, lightly laid lines.  Very cheap in fact – the K&ESR bought a variety of secondhand stock – anything light that they could get for a good price!  Colonel Fred Stephens built and managed the line, as he did many other idiosyncratic branch lines around the country.  I won’t go in to too much detail, but one further point is relevant – K&ESR was an independent line from 1900 to 1948 (when it was nationalised).  It was never part of Southern Railway and it therefore did its own thing for…

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