A Teaser!

Our blog post tonight is a teaser of something that will feature later in the month.  After being in touch with the Kent and East Sussex Railway, I’m very happy to report that all being well, I’ll be having a tour of the railways extensive facilities in Rolvenden.  Of course this will be reported on here at…

Hastings DEMU – Early Days of Preservation

Tonight we have yet another picture from the Kent and East Sussex Railway in the 1990’s.  For a short period of time, the light railway was home to a 3 car ‘Hastings’ Diesel-Electric Multiple Units (DEMU.)  The Hastings DEMU was a class built specifically to run through from London to Hastings, a feat made difficult for…

Thomas was once Linda…

Many of my older collection of photographs have featured on this website before, but visits to my childhood home often unveil new finds, some good, some not so! The picture featured in this blog post fits into the latter category, but is the only one I’ve found of a particular former locomotive of the Kent…

A Locomotive that almost went through Hell!

This steam locomotive is one of the few in the UK that can honestly say it’s run past Hell on a regular basis during its career.  This is no joke, although “Hell” in this case is the name of a village in Norway.  No 376, aptly named Norwegian, has featured on this blog frequently over the years…

American Character

There’s no doubt that steam locomotives originating from different nations have big differences in style and design.  British locomotives are relatively compact, especially compared with American steam engines.  There were differences in style and engineering practice between nations, plus differences of loading gauge (the UK’s being very narrow) that also no doubt made a big difference to the…

Rolling Stock on the Kent and East Sussex Railway

Since this website’s creation there have been quite a few articles written about the Kent and East Sussex Railway, but remarkably very little about the railway’s rolling stock.  This is remarkable considering that the line’s fleet of carriages is one of its greatest assets.  Aside from the ubiquitous British Railway’s mark one carriages (that almost…

LT Pannier to KESR

From the 3rd to 16th August 2015, the Kent and East Sussex Railway will become home to the South Devon Railway’s London Transport liveried pannier tank engine L.92.  This will be the first time a London Transport liveried locomotive has worked on the rural light railway and will therefore no doubt attract many visitors!  To…