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.
Chris Thanks very much, just watched it. Fascinating stuff, well done. Really enjoyed it. I will definately have some of your other films. I'll have to make a decision which to get next. Thanks again Dave
Hi Just wanted to day how delighted I am with the DVD bringing back many memories of when we lived in Ashurst Wood (between EG and F Row) and rode our (now sadly long gone) horses along the railway line from East Grinstead to Hartfield. I managed to get a permissive route opened which came onto the railway line on the LHS just past the 2nd bridge from Forest Row - you can see the gate on the DVD! Also managed to get the council to surface the track from the top of the first bridge from EG down to the railway line as all the horses left their shoes behind in the thick mud! A great DVD - many thanks. Heather
Now I have read all your descriptions, I can say that I managed to get to see Mayfield station (The road bridge was missing just to the south, so I went up the bank.). The funniest thing was the station (can't remember the name, but think it was last one before Eridge.)which had a swimming pool between the platforms! (seen by climbing the bank left after another demolished road bridge to the south.) It was from here heading North that I lost the track. After wandering for ages through forest (on the road!)I came to the main Tunbridge to Eridge road. Of course I turned Right, the wrong way! so ended up in Tunbridge. All of my track bashing was on foot. I used Railway Rover tickets, and tried to "bridge" between used bits, such as Polgate to Eridge. I have also covered the Kent and East Sussex railway from Robertsbridge to Tenterden (How I got home is a LONG story! No Buses!) All my trips were a LONG time ago (The K&ESR wasn't working to Bodiam yet, and it was a wonderful place, a pity I didn't have a camera...No Digital cameras then!) OK, must have been the mid to late 1970s! (Yes, I have "done" the whole length of Kemp Town Tunnel (and been inside the old junction Signal Box!). Was the shuttering still up where they blocked up the door that was left when the Lewes Road end was blocked up? I actually had a section (Corner Gusset Plate)of the girder span from Lewes Road viaduct (put in after Bomb damage)which I carried home when it was being cut up. (I had to get rid of my collection of rail, chairs, bit of viaduct etc. to the scrappy by the viaduct when I moved home!) So, you are not alone in being a little crazy!
Well, well. I used to live in Brighton, and reckon I must have covered pretty much the same ground, walking the old railways. For some time our house fire was fuelled from a huge pile of coal that was left in the coal yard at Isfield Station (Lavender's yard.) I too have scrambled down and up the Dyke Steep Grade Railway, and found the concrete supports for the Cableway. Also followed most of the Dyke branch up from Aldrington. I got a bit lost following the Polgate to Eridge line, it all got a bit overgrown with Gorse (ouch) Nort of Heathfield Tunnel! I will have to read the rest of your descriptions!
As a train driver myself, there's some fabulous sounding titles here, sir! Great website too!! I shall be placing my order very soon once I can afford 1 of everything!!Extra interest as we live next to Shoreham Cement Works!
Loved the dvds, will be back for more soon.
Wonderful site have 1 of your dvds long may it continue
Would be really interesting if you could get over to the Lyme Regis to Axminster branch and do that one. Also the Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton branches.
Can recommend the Three Bridges to East Grinstead DVD to everyone.
well done chaps youve done what i always wanted to do - ive traced the dyke railway and kemp town with digital photos many years ago - it all started with me poorly filming the brighton bypass and taking photos when i was 21 - now 38. well done for your work - im going to start purchasing.