The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum based at the Kent and East Sussex Railway focuses on the work and life of the engineer, Holman Fred Stephens, who was significantly involved in building 16 light railways. The museum features a range of artefacts and articles about the engineer's work and family as well as being home to the smallest standard gauge locomotive in Britain, the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire locomotive named Gazelle. It is also home to The Cavell Van, the railwayman’s name for the prototype passenger luggage van. Built by the South Eastern and Chatham Railway at Ashford Works in 1919 as a one-off. It was used for the repatriation of the bodies of two civilians executed during the First World War – Edith Cavell and Charles Fryatt. It was later used to return the remains of The Unknown Warrior in 1920.

Opening Hours
Easter to October
Railway operation days

Free - donations are welcome.

Wheelchair access to all areas except for viewing one video presentation which involves two steps.

Tenterden station

Cafe (on station)

Picture Credit: © Kent and East Sussex Railway.

  • Tenterden Town Station Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE, UK

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