The Kent and East Sussex Railway (Past & Present Companion)
The Kent & East Sussex Railway past and present - the ideal 'time travel' companion for the holidaymaker and enthusiast!
One of several Light Railways under the control of the legendary Colonel Holman E Stephens. the KESR was run as a basic railway with limited facilities and second-hand rolling-stock and motive power. Despite a reasonable amount of freight traffic the line began to lose money in the 1920s, and following nationalisation in 1948 it was decided to close it, which was done in stages between 1954 and 1961.
In 1971 the Tenterden Railway Company purchased the line between Tenterden Town and Bodiam, and began the enormous task of rebuilding the infrastructure and acquiring suitable stock with which to run the railway. What has subsequently been achieved to rejuvenate the old KESR is remarkable. and this fascinating and evocative book explores the 'past' and 'present' of the whole route, location by location. The contrast between the stretches left to nature and those brought back to life by the preservationists is a clear tribute to more than 25 years of progress by today's Kent & East Sussex Railway.
Softback, 96 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good - crease to cover
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