Disused Railways

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  • A visit to Cannington viaduct at Lyme Regis


    This line was a latecomer, opening in 1903 and running from Axminster to Lyme Regis. The viaduct was the most significant engineering feature on the line, being one of the earliest examples of using concrete to build this sort of structure in the South of England.

  • Abbotsbury Branch Line Trackbed Explored


    Starting at Abbotsbury, permission to film was obtained from the owner of the house that now occupies the station site. A number of interesting relics were seen in the back garden of the property that would not normally be visible to users of the nearby right of way along the track bed, including a siding and a remaining wall of the original station building. Also looked at in some detail was the perfectly preserved goods shed and the derelict engine shed.

  • Ardingly to Horsted Keynes Branch Tour


    Partly still in use by an aggregate company, but mostly disused, this delightful little line is looked at along its length.

    Starting at Copyhold junction with a view from the bridge and then down to the track bed itself, along to Ardingly station, where plenty of remaining clues are still to be seen. See footage of one of the aggregate trains heading through a deep cutting on its way to Ardingly and great, detailed views of all that remains of Ardingly station, even down at platform level.

  • Baystone Bridge to Christ’s Hospital


    Only recently opened as part of the Downs Link, after lengthy legal wrangles, this fascinating little stretch of line has plenty to offer. Having stayed closed to the public since closure in the late 60s, it has remained the missing link of this stretch of line. Delightful walking towards Christ’s Hospital shows a charming overbridge and even a piece of track, some LBSCR railchairs (they won’t be there for long !) and some signal rodding.

  • Bexhill West Station stills dvd rom


    A selection of photographs of the clock tower of Bexhill West Station

  • Bishops Waltham to Botley Trackbed Tour


    Opened in 1863, closed to passengers in 1933, this line soldiered on with goods traffic until 1962 when final closure came.

    Starting at site of Bishops Waltham station, the orientation of the station is speculated upon before hopping on the bike and travelling the first kilometre or so of cyclable track bed. Thereafter, a brief section is bypassed (but admired across a field from a distance) before access to the track is regained on foot close to Bishops Waltham water treatment works.

  • Brading to Bembridge Trackbed Tour


    This film starts with a tour around Brading station, showing vintage features of the part of the station that is still in use and also a tour along the disused platforms that used to serve the line to Bembridge. The entire station is grade 2 listed.

    A brief tour of the signal box is included, showing its internal workings, the superb ongoing restoration work that has been accomplished in the last few years and views of the station from above. (A visit to Brading station visitors centre and signal box is highly recommended).

    Then the disused line is followed as closely as possible by bicycle

  • Brighton Devil’s Dyke Aerial Cable Way


    The aerial cableway that used to run over the Devil’s Dyke was a fantastic Victorian folly, in keeping with building a railway line up from Hove and a steep grade railway up from Poynings. The hair rising ride was 1100 feet long and 230 feet above ground at the deepest part of the ravine.

  • Brighton Devil’s Dyke Railway Tour


    This is a film showing the exact course of the Devil’s Dyke railway as it appears today.

    Based on the previously available film shot in 2005, this is a far more in depth look at the exact route that this line took. Some footage from 2005 is used, but the vast majority is new for 2007 and more detailed. Particular attention is paid to trying to ascertain the exact course of the line through the built up areas of Hove and Hangleton.

  • Brighton Devil’s Dyke Steep Grade Line


    The long-disused course of the funicular railway that used to run from the base of the north face of the Downs near Poynings, straight up the scarp slope to the Devil’s Dyke is examined here. See the brick remains of the engine shed at the top and the base station at the bottom. See also the views that the Victorians would have had out of the back of the carriage as they rode up the hillside; I dragged my camera up the course of the line on a sledge to achieve the effect ! It was exhausting and delightfully treacherous. Some stills of this line in its heyday are also featured. Includes commentary.

  • Brighton’s Kemp Town Branch Line Tour


    A detailed look at the course of this little branch line that ran from Brighton station to what is now Freshfields Industrial Estate. See where it left the current day Brighton to Lewes line, the site of Lewes Road station, where the brick viaduct crossed the Lewes Road (and some foundations still visible !), the site of Hartington Road halt, the cutting it went into before entering a tunnel under Elm Grove and where it emerged at the terminus.

  • Brockenhurst to West Moors Trackbed Tour


    Opened in 1847, closed in 1964, explored by Dumpman in 2013.

    A recreation of the train journey that used to be possible between Brockenhurst and West Moors, following very nearly all the remaining track bed.

  • Christ’s Hospital to Shoreham Line Tour


    An exploration of all accessible track bed between these two destinations, mainly by bike and sometimes on foot.

    Starting on the road bridge just south of Christ’s Hospital station then on to Itchingfield junction where the line peeled off from the Arundel bound stretch. Very nearly the entire line is filmed as progress is made south through stations at Southwater, West Grinstead, Partridge Green, Henfield, Steyning, Bramber and finally to Shoreham. Significant remains at Southwater and West Grinstead are covered with surprise remains uncovered at Bramber. The remains of the missing river bridge at Shoreham Cement Works are sought out on both sides of the river and some shots of the sidings and wharf that served it are included.

  • Christchurch to Ringwood


    A recreation of the railway journey that used to be possible between Christchurch and Ringwood up until closure in 1935; following very nearly all the remaining track bed and searching out all visible remains.

  • Crowhurst to Bexhill West Explored


    A thorough trek along the disused track bed of this line in January and March 2009.

    At the time of filming, there was every indication that a long disputed link road would be built across the stunning Coombe Valley, bisecting the line just to the north of the site of the old viaduct before joining the course of the trackbed from Sidley down to the A259. A huge inspiration was to get out there and capture these images before they were wiped from the landscape forever and replaced by more, senseless, noisy congestion.

  • Demolition of the Pullman Works, Brighton


    The Pullman Works at Brighton sat derelict for many years before the decision was finally made to demolish it. Years of vandalism and neglect had left it in a bad way.

    Occupying a curious triangular plot of land at the junction of the main London to Brighton line and the westbound coast line, it was hoped by some that this building would one day be used as a railway museum. Being accessed almost exclusively by rail, this was sadly never likely to happen.

  • Disused Railway Tunnels of Sussex


    Enjoy the spooky sensation of looking down the length of an old railway tunnel deep under a hillside? Maybe you wonder at the extraordinary amount of labour that went into the construction of a Victorian railway tunnel.


  • Disused Railways of Sussex 8 dvd set


    This is the mammoth project of the series. The entire abandoned network of East and West Sussex is looked at in some detail. Over 50 stations are looked at and countless interesting brick and earthworkings of particular engineering interest. From Rogate in the west to Rye in the east, East Grinstead in the north to Brighton in the south, no area is left untouched.

  • Doomed LBSCR Ouse Valley Line Tour


    One of the lesser known railways of Sussex, probably because it never actually ran. It was to have started at Skew Bridge, just south of the Balcombe viaduct on the London-Brighton mainline, and then in a south-easterly direction through Lindfield and on to Uckfield.

  • East Grinstead to Groombridge Tour


    An exploration of all accessible track bed between these two destinations, mainly by bike, sometimes on foot and very briefly by car.

    See where this line left East Grinstead before passing through fantastic Wealden countryside and encountering Forest Row, Hartfield and Withyham stations. Its entire progress through to the junction near Groombridge is covered. Also features footage of Groombridge station and the disused link line between it and the line running south from Edenbridge.

  • Easton to Weymouth Branch Trackbed Tour


    Starting at the station site at Easton, remaining clues were sought out before tracing the track bed out on to the cliffs and along the east coast of the island.

    The bike was used to travel the coast path as far as the forbidding fence around the ex-Admiralty property, now a private port. Permission was kindly granted to access the port and some accompanied filming was allowed, showing some sections of the largely overgrown route travelling through where the Navy were based until the year 2000.

  • Freshwater to Newport Trackbed Tour


    Starting at the site of Freshwater station, the station sign supports and platform remains are sought out in the store of a garden centre, alongside the well named “End Of The Line” cafe.

  • Guildford to Christ’s Hospital Line Tour


    An exploration of all accessible track bed between these two destinations, mainly by bike and sometimes on foot.

    Starting just to the west of Shalford on the loop that was to have linked Shalford to Peasmarsh junction, the entire line is filmed as progress is made south. Cranleigh, Bramley & Wonersh, Baynards, Rugdwick, Slinfold and Christ’s Hospital are all included as are the numerous points of interest along the way, including the two tier bridge south of Rudgwick.

  • Hamsey Loop Line Tour (near Lewes, Sussex)


    The Hamsey loop, near Lewes in Sussex is a short, but keenly discussed piece of disused railway line.

    It used to link the current Lewes to Haywards Heath line with the Bluebell/Lewes to Uckfield stretch. Leaving the Haywards Heath line in an easterly direction, it sweeps round to the west of Hamsey island and then joins the Barcombe bound stretch just to the north of Hamsey.

  • Hawkhurst Branch Line Trackbed Tour


    Starting at Hawkhurst station site, remaining clues are sought out, including a look inside the remaining engine shed. Thereafter, the course of the track is filmed from public roads until Badger’s Oak tunnel, where the track is travelled to Cranbrook station.