Exclusive by Geoff Courtney
With the possibility of a link to the national network moving ever closer as part of an ambitious £4½ million project, the general manager of the Kent & East Sussex Railway has laid out his vision of the line’s future that includes the creation of two new senior posts, increased interaction with volunteers, and developing use of the internet.
Speaking exclusively to Heritage Railway to mark his first year in office, Shaun Dewey also enthused about the “fantastic mix of people” at the Tenterden-based line, emphasised the importance of educating youngsters to further improve the railway’s attraction to a generation that had never experienced steam, and mused on the lack of local engineering skills owing to the line being based in a countryside environment.
A former aviation industry executive, 64-year-old Shaun speaks positively about the dream of a link to the national rail network at Robertsbridge, 3½ miles from the railway’s current terminus at Bodiam.
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