Narrow Gauge and Other Railways

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  • 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 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.

  • Offham Chalk Pits Steep Grade Line Tour


    The first line in Sussex this one. It was built to move stone from the quarries behind the Chalk Pit Inn in Offham, down to the river to be moved away by barge. The spectacularly engineered tunnels under the road are impressive (and very difficult to get to without risking injury, don’t try it, just watch it here), but the brick remains of the base station also make interesting viewing too. Includes constant running commentary.

  • Rye & Camber Tram/Rye Harbour Branch


    A lively look at what is left in 2007 of the Rye and Camber Tramway and the Rye Harbour Branch Line.

    Starting at the site of the Rye terminus of the tramway and working down all the available remaining track, every remaining clue is sought out and recorded. See tracks that are still in situe and the largely complete Golf Links station. Both the pre 1938 and post 1938 station sites at Camber Sands are included as are the very visible remaining embankments crossing the duned golf course.

  • Volk’s Seagoing Tramway Explored


    Everyone knows about Volk’s Railway that runs along Brighton seafront, but far less well known is the extraordinary tramway that ran through the sea from Banjo groyne, just west of Brighton Marina to Rottingdean. Completed in 1897 and closed in 1902, it was a shortlived piece of genius that was beset by bad luck and a terrible storm. The footings of the track and the bases of the telegraph poles that ran alongside on the seabed can only be discerned at very low tide.