The Kent & East Sussex Railway
Tenterden Town Station is the headquarters of the railway and contains some of its principal buildings including carriage and wagon workshop. There is a variety of facilities for visitors including a shop, Refreshment Rooms, a small children's playground and the Museum. To the north of the site there is a large car and coach park with hard standing and there is a small parking area for disabled persons on the station site itself.
As the train leaves Tenterden, the line falls steeply away towards the marshes at an average gradient of 1-in-50 for over a mile. (The train will work very hard on its return.) The Wealden scenery across the valley is partucularly fine as we cross the Cranbrook Road about halfway down. The descent continues and the line curves sharply to the left at Orpin's Farm where the track levels out and crosses the main road before running into Rolvenden Station, 1½ miles from Tenterden Town.
Rolvenden was the original Tenterden Station and was always the headquarters of the locomotive works, which remain on the site. However, the original buildings have long gone for they were under the present wood yard. The village of Rolvenden is 1½ miles from this station, and containing some attractive cottages and a church that is pleasantly situated. Lovers of historic vehicles will find the C M Booth collection in the centre of the village of great interest and a short distance outside the town is the oldest post mill in Kent.
We continue onwards towards the next station, Wittersham Road, through marshlands collectively known as the Rother Levels. To the right a series of channels dug at right angles to the railway were used to farm crayfish - the terrain generally is very wet and until comparatively recently was subject to frequent flooding. The most characteristic trees along the lineside are willows. The trains now cross over the New Mill Channel, a tributary of the River Rother, which now runs alongside us for several hundred yards. There are always many swans here, particularly in the winter months.
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