Custodians of locomotives No 3 "Bodiam" and No 32678

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32678 to Star at Avon Valley Railway Gala

32678 sporting The Terrier Trust headboard, runs round it's train at Bodiam - 12 May 2018. © Neil Instrall

32678 will become the first Terrier to visit the Avon Valley Railway when she heads to the Bristol-based line this Autumn to take a lead role at the railway's End of Season Gala on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November.  She will also be the first Southern Region visitor to the line in over 20 years. 

The Avon Valley Railway has restored a three-mile section of the former Midland Railway route between Bristol and Bath which was originally opened in 1869.  In it's heyday, the line saw traffic from Birmingham to the South Coast including trains bound for the famous Somerset & Dorset line.  Present-day operations are centred on Bitton Station with services running from there north to Oldland Common and south to Avon Riverside.

Further details to follow.

Trust Helps Mark "Colonel Stephens 150"

The Terrier Trust helps K&ESR mark Colonel Stephens' 150th Anniversary

Tenterden Town Station 12th May 2018

CIO Ceremony 12 May Neil Instrall low resOn 12th May 2018, there was a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Colonel Stephens who was the Engineer, Locomotive Superintendent, and Managing Director of the Kent & East Sussex Railway. As part of the celebrations, a short ceremony marking the conversion of the Terrier Trust to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and the recent signing of new agreements between the Trust & K&ESR was  performed by Tom White, Chairman of The Terrier Trust CIO, and Ian Legg, Chairman of the K&ESR, at Tenterden Town Station.  The agreements secure the long-term working future of the two locomotives onthe K&ESR.

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Exciting Plans for 2018 as Trust Secures New, Long-term Agreements with K&ESR

32678 and 1950s mixed 4 5 09 Alan CrottyFollowing lengthy negotiations, the Trust has concluded new agreements with the Kent & East Sussex Railway for both No 3 “Bodiam”(32670) and No 32678. The arrangements which were ratified on Saturday 18th November secure the long-term future of both Terriers and will ensure that both will continue to be a feature of the line on which they have operated since 1901 and 1940 respectively.

Key features of the new agreements are the increased term (initially 20 years with an automatic renewal every 10 years) and a longer break clause – 10 years in the new agreements compared to just year in the old ones. This will provide additional security for the K&ESR who will remain responsible for maintenance and overhauls allowing them to invest in caring for the Trust’s locomotives, safe in the knowledge that they will see the benefit of that expenditure.

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