The Kent & East Sussex Railway by Brian Hart
ISBN 978 I 905184 57 6 288 pages Casebound in dark blue boards with gilt spine, dust jacket.
Wild Swan Publications £34.95
Reputedly Lt. Col. Holman F. Stephens’ favourite line, the ‘Kent and East Sussex’ simply charmed everyone who came to know this highly-characterful railway with its remote stations, appealing rolling stock and unorthodox methods of operation.
Commencing with numerous 19th century efforts to bring the railway to Tenterden, the author lucidly explains the reasons behind the eventual arrival of the Rother Valley Light Railway. Particular attention has been paid to these formative years, whereby it has been possible to reveal many long-forgotten accounts which have never before appeared in railway books.
A similar approach has been taken with the early years of the K&ESR, as the RVLR became in 1905, when its extension to Headcorn was opened. Throughout his narrative, the author breathes life into an