• Event: "Colonel Stephens: The Man and his Railway Empire" -- David Powell

    In the early decades of the twentieth century, Colonel Stephens engineered, built and managed a unique empire of branch line railways up and down the country. Built and run on a shoestring, mostly in accordance with the Light Railways Act of 1896, each had its particular character as well as a distinctive family likeness that included remote locations, second-hand rolling stock and, towards the end of their often brief lives, a down-at-heel charm.

    Long-time member of The Colonel Stephens Society, David Powell will be telling us about Colonel Holman F Stephens (1868-1931) and his unique railways.

    The photo shows ex-SE class O1 0-6-0 No. 31065 at Tenterden station, with the last train on the (pre-preservation) Kent & East Sussex Railway, 02 January 1954.
    (Ben Brooksbank – Geograph [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

    All are welcome.

    See you there!

    SWRS members please note that the discretionary parking arrangements at The Manor have now been restored. Please contact a Committee member for details (The website will be updated with further information in due course.)

    Please see website (swrs.co.uk) for location and further information, including parking charges at the station car park.

    Remember that The Manor is easy to reach by train or bus, and is but a short walk from the town centre car parks.