The North Kent Area Group was formed in March 2002 aimed at enthusiasts and supporters of the railway living in Dartford and the surrounding area, to support the L&B Trust in it's efforts to restore, reopen and operate what is possibly the most famous narrow gauge railway in Britain.
In 2008, the Kent Group became "perchance, sleeping", although many continued to support the efforts in North Devon on an individual basis.
Formally approved by the Trustees in November 2013, the Kent Group has now re-awakened, and will be attending various railway and modelling events throughout the county, with a new, innovative, L&B-themed display stand. We also hope to arrange for an illustrated talk on the L&B, at a local venue, and to which all will be welcome.
If you are interested in joining us, in finding out more about the group, or if you hear of any local events we could attend, then please get in touch:
(image right): Pictured outside the garage where it was built, this half-scale, L&B four-ton, four-wheel open wagon No. 1, as built in 1898 with top-hung doors, is about the same size as a standard display table at exhibitions etc. and will form the basis of the Kent Group display stand for 2014. Designed and Built by Kent L&B Member Anne Belsey, The wagon (which provides storage shelves at the rear, as well as the display top) and "LYNTON" running-in board fits into an average estate car, and can be easily assembled by one person slotting the parts together without any screws, bolts or other fixings. The "ballast" is painted polystyrene.)
Photo: Anne Belsey
If you are interested in helping with the L&BR Kent Group, or would like further information, please contact: