Kent & East Sussex Fundraising for its Future



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An historic railway needs to raise £100,000 in four months in order to ensure its survival.

The Kent and East Sussex Railway, which runs between Tenterden and Bodiam in East Sussex, is set to mark its 60th anniversary this year.

The KESR has run steam trains on the line for more than 40 years. However the pandemic has seen it closed for much of the last year, with the steam railway saying it desperately needs £100,000 by July to recuperate the losses.

Railway commercial manager, Andre Freeman, said: “It’s amazing to think that the K&ESR has been a preserved line for as many years as it was originally in operation, having opened in 1901 and closed in 1961. The fight by volunteers to reopen the line took 13 years to achieve so we are determined it will continue to operate for another 60 years yet – which is why we are appealing for your help today.

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