Tenterden - Northiam - Bodiam
Kent and East Sussex Railway


Thursday 2nd June


‘Poplar’ is scheduled to run her first public service after restoration  
she will be joined by sister Terrier ‘Knowle’ across the whole bank holiday weekend.


Hauling a train of vintage carriages, Poplar will depart Tenterden Town Station for Bodiam at 11:45am, arriving back at 1:40pm. Refreshments will be available to purchase prior to departure and may be taken on the train. Tickets for this amazing Inaugural Special experience are just £30.00 (no discounts apply) spaces are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

You can also enjoy riding behind Poplar and Knowle through the beautiful Wealden countryside at  2.20 pm on the Thursday and 11.45 am and 2.20 pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.



The History of Poplar

Built in 1872 Believed to be the first of the class ordered and constructed, London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) No 70 was one of the first batch of Terriers to enter service and like others of the type was named after areas served by the railway.”

1901 – 1930s Purchased by the Rother Valley Railway (later K&ESR), renamed No. 3 “Bodiam” becoming a regular performer on K&ESR throughout the line’s busiest years

1930s – 1940s Kept in service through a series of heavy repairs which included using parts from other Terriers and repainting in K&ESR apple green

1947 – 1954 Thoroughly overhauled at Brighton and painted in K&ESR dark green, a livery she carried under BR until the line closed to passengers in 1954!

1954 – 1963 Used on goods services and specials on K&ESR, and then on the Hayling Island Branch that was run exclusively by Terriers!

1963 Saved for preservation and returned to K&ESR


K&ESR Terrier 150th Anniversary Pack

Join us this Jubilee weekend when both locos are in steam and the boxed set is brought to life!

The K&ESR Terrier 150th Anniversary Pack is currently available to pre-order and will be shipped as soon as they have been received. The Kent & East Sussex Railway has been synonymous with ‘Terriers’ since purchasing the 1872 built No. 70 ‘Poplar’ in 1901. Having spent most of its life on the K&ESR, to celebrate its 150th anniversary the Railway commissioned ‘Poplar’s overhaul, with the locomotive now resplendent in its original livery of Stroudley ‘improved engine green’ The second ‘Terrier’ No. 78 ‘Knowle’ completes this celebratory brace of Stroudley’s locomotives. Now preserved at the K&ESR ‘Knowle’ today carries the plain black Southern livery with ‘sunshine’ lettering.


K&ESR Terrier 150th Anniversary Pack












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