Keep up the excellent work Chris, Walked several of the lines you covered when I lived in East Sussex 79-84, Bought the Bexhill branch DVD for my lady, who can just about remember trains on it, and also remembers the day the seventeen arches were blown up!She was riveted to the screen and watched it all before I got home from work! Wont be the last production I buy from you.You are truly a man after my own heart, Well Done mate........... Oh! and rock on!!!
Just wanted to take an extra moment to thank you for the West Pier DVD. It plays beautifully & it is a treasure - I especially love the footage with the sound of the sea in it. I consider it so tragic the way it is now, in skeletal steel ruins. Is there still a movement to redo it? Anyway,I waited a long time to get it as I was uncertain it would play on my computer in a different zone - but it does. I also love the little ticket. Be well, best wishes,
Just to let you know that I have now watched all three discs of Crowhurst to Bexhill West and can't thank you enough for undertaking such a task on behalf of all who are interested in the railway - and appalled at what is going to be lost if the link road goes ahead. A friend and I were quite defeated by the bit south of Sidley but what a lot of land there is there - a marvellously wild place for kids to play and birds to thrive. What a pity the powers that be are committed to its destruction. And all to achieve nothing. The bit that really amazed me was the site of the viaduct. I had no idea that so much evidence was left . What I will do when I lead my railway walks in July is talk about your films and suggest that people look at them. Best wishes
Hi Chris Just thought Iâ€™d let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your DVD on the Crowhurst to Bexhill West line. Terrific stuff as always. Like you, Iâ€™d have loved to have seen the viaduct still standing â€“ looking at pictures of it being blown up is quite depressing. It should have been saved as a listed building. With the new road being built soon it is great that there is a filmed record of the old route now â€“ maybe you could sell some copies at Bexhill museum? Iâ€™ll be ordering some more of your DVDs soon (Iâ€™ll have the whole lot before long!). All the best.
My little Sis & I were born in Sidley Station-Master's house in â€˜64 & â€˜66! My big Sis was born in Sheffield Park SMâ€™s hse back in 58 in Bluebell Railwayâ€™s early days. Anyway, this will bring back so many memories for my big Brother & us 3 girls as the railway track was our playground. I can remember at an early age jumping across a big hole whilst crossing the footbridge you mention. In fact I think we may have a couple of the green iron balls from its top somewhere! I can't wait.
Dear dumpman, Thanks for quick delivery, I was part of the local civil defence organisation in Guernsey for many years, and although we dont have bunkers like this one, we used the ones the germans kindly built during wwII. The small pipe to the left of the big pipe was for a Bomb power indicator which was a baffle plate attached to the pipe with a pressure guage mountd to the wall via another pipe this gave the overpressure that a bomb would give when it exploded, this could be used to work out the bombs size, also the probe for checking the radiation levels outside went up inside the big pipe with the flange. The room by the bottom of the entry shaft was for a chemical toilet (elsan) and other kit, the cables could be attached to a 12v generator which would power the batteries for the post's radio and small light circuit. I have never seen a monitoring post in the flesh, but did all the training on monitoring and fallout predition etc.
All hail to the mighty dumpman! This dude rocks with the best of 'em! Seriously though, without dumpman, none of my projects would have ever come to fruition, so a big shout out from ghost-trains!
We could only have been separated at birth,we share every interest....scary!. Keep up the good work mate and well done.
I'am trying to locate pictures plans of singleton station for a project of making a 1/76 model of it Seen your photo any chance of copies at a price? Have you any more material or knowledge of where abouts of any more material Best regards Denis
I enjoyed watching the dvd about the West Pier. I went on it the day it closed and I have the odd claim to fame of actually being born on the pier in the theatre on 21.4.57. How's that !
I have purchased most of the DVD's issued by Chris. The presentation of the subjects is not only unique but most enjoyable. My favourites are the Dyke railway and HardhamCanal Tunnel.
Hardham Canal Tunnel I would like to say I did enjoy the DVD and didnâ€™t realise that there was an under pass, let alone being so complex.
Hi Chris Hope you are well, you'll probably remember me, I bought one of your DVDs a couple of months ago re the Kemp Town branch line and you were good enough to deliver it to my door and only charge me a fiver for it - thanks! That was certainly money well spent Chris, it is a superb piece of filming and very comprehensively covers the route of the old Kemp Town branch line, but its crowning glory has to be the journey into the tunnel: this has served to whet the appetites of myself and a growing number of enthusiasts who are now desperate to get in there to see things for ourselves.
Hello, The DVD of Offham Chalkpit arrived safely today. It is very interesting to see, in detail, something we drive past/over, without ever getting round to explore. As a significant part of our industrial heritage, it would be nice to think that, one day, this feature could be restored and on view. Many thanks. Regards, Barry H.
Very interesting and constructive work carried out by Dumpman, must have gone thru several pairs of shoes! The DVD's compliment all the pictures I have of the Abandoned Railways of Sussex. The same can be said for Hellingly Mental Asylum and the Branch Line. A very comprehensive collection, nicely put together.
The derelict flour mill at Horsebridge near Hellingly is crying out for your treatment, especially as it is earmarked for redevelopment very soon.
Dear Chris, Just to let you know that I thought you did a fantastic job on the Sheffield Park to Lewes DVD. Fascinating footage and excellent commentary. The Barcome Station footage was particularly good. My own interest has really come from my Dad who was a Bluebell Railway Fireman and occasional driver, up to about 5 years ago. I decided one day that I needed to know where the Railway had come from (i.e, from behind the demolished road bridge at Sheffield park!) â€¦.Hence why this DVD has answered so many questionsâ€¦. Thanks again and keep up the good work!
Just though it was cool cuz my name is dumpman also and I've never met another dumpman
Hello, Having just bought your 8 DVD set and the Ouse Valley DVD off eBay, I'd like to say how delighted I am with them. So far I've watched the Ouse Valley DVD and disc 1 of the other set. It's really great to see what you've uncovered. I'd always wanted to know what the tunnels on the Midhurst/Chichester line were like - and now I know. I'm amazed at how fast nature takes over - especially at places like Singleton station. It's a shame that places like the station buildings at Cocking and Singleton could not be filmed in detail. Have you found owners hostile to you filming them? You asked for any comments or suggestions. As you know, The Midhurst/Chichester line was closed between Cocking and Midhurst following collapse of an embankment just South of Midhurst. I would like to have seen the site of the collapse and any evidence remaining as this is such a fundemental part of the line's demise. Keep up the good work - it's fascinating and, as you say in your literature, it saves us having to do it! Best regards, Peter
The two DVDs most recently purchased from you on the routes from ThreeBridges to Groombridge via East Grinstead were, as usual, excellent.Although I have in the past walked various sections of these lines I mustsay that the use of filmimg from your bike certainly adds somethingdifferent and really makes you feel you are travelling on the line.