Transport

Kent and East Sussex Railway - Part 5


 Col. Stephen’s Museum, Tenterden Station


Col. Stephens was a pioneer of light railways and was responsible for building and then managing the Kent and East Sussex line. He was also involved in many other light railways in England and Wales. The Museum is housed in one of the large curved roof buildings next to Tenterden Station which were used to store wartime supplies during the Second World War.

The museum looks at the life and work of Col. Stephens, including his study, some of the railways he was associated with and general railway artefacts.

 Col. Stephen's Museum,
                Kent and East Sussex Railway

Gazelle is possibly the smallest standard gauge loco to be built and is displayed in the museum. It was built in 1893 and bought by Col Stephens in 1910 to run on the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railway. It was used for pulling passengers, at first without a coach until passengers complained and the Board of Trade intervened. Next to her is an example of the kind of coach she may have pulled. She is on loan here from the National Railway Museum.

Gazelle, Col. Stephen's
                Museum, Kent and East Sussex Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
                Railway

There is part of a booking office.

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
              Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent
                and East Sussex Railway

There are workmen’s tools and surveying equipment along with station name boards, other signs and timetable boards.

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
              Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent
                and East Sussex Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
                Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
                Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
                Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
                Railway

Outside the museum are examples of wheels, coach chassis from a Rye and Camber coach and  a small Ashover Railway truck.
 
Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent
                and East Sussex Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
                Railway

There are examples of rail handcars.

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
              Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
              Railway

The crane on its circular brick base was recovered from Hawkhurst station.

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
              Railway

Col. Stephen's Museum, Kent and East Sussex
              Railway

The museum is open from 12.30-4.30 on days the Kent and East Sussex Railway is running.

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