inaugural meeting of The Terrier Trust (TTT) was held on 16
September 1995 by a group of members of the Kent & East
Sussex Railway (K&ESR) determined to ensure that Terrier
operation would be resurrected on the line.
is a Terrier? It is the pet name ascribed to an original
class of 50 small 0-6-0 tank locomotives built by the London
& South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) between 1872 and 1880.
known in their earlier days as Rooters, these small, hard-working
little machines acquired their popular nickname due to nippy
performance as much as their distinctive chimney exhaust, or
bark, exacerbated by their Westinghouse air brake pump.
a combination of multi-tasking throughout their careers,
modifications, alterations, rebuilds and sheer luck, no fewer
than 10, or 20%, have survived into preservation in one shape
or form. This is unprecedented for a relatively mass-produced
Victorian design. It is true that higher proportions of the
Southern Railway's (SR) Bulleid Pacifics, for example, remain
extant - and yes, like the Terriers, in various guises. For
many classes of engines, however, that do survive, only have
one representative; the most obvious example being the world-famous
A3 Pacific 4472 Flying Scotsman.
there are parallels in aviation circles with the Supermarine
Spitfire. They were right machine in the right place at the
right time. It is a truism that if something is well designed,
looks good, and perhaps sounds good, then generally speaking,
it will perform well. Create a product that is capable of
improvement, can be rebuilt, do more than just the job for
which it was originally intended and, most importantly, capturing
the imagination of the public, then fame and affection can
be guaranteed for posterity.
website will be under development on a continuous basis.
Contributions are welcome. As an educational charity we wish
to promote the importance of these engines to a wider audience
and in time establish a library of information and photographs
from inception to the present day. For
more information on the Terriers on other websites, please
refer to the links box.
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