Brighton to Seaford railway line’s 150th anniversary to be celebrated

Seaford Train Station
Seaford Train Station

A steam train, a choir singing Victorian parlour songs and music from Seaford Silver Band will be just some of the attractions for visitors at Seaford Train Station when the 150th anniversary of the Brighton to Seaford line is celebrated.

Organisers are mounting a special welcome with an historic photo gallery, children’s games and stalls, as well as a vintage vehicle on Saturday June 7.

Mayors and other guests will be met at 11.14am by Seaford Silver Band and speeches recreating the 1864 event.

They will adjourn to the Terminus Hotel (now known as The Shore) for a lunch to the sound of church bells from St Leonard’s Parish Church.

Community Rail Partnership organising group member Peter White said: “It will be a day to remember.”

The Seaford Baptist Church Concert Choir will greet passengers between noon and 1pm with Victorian Parlour songs.

The 13.40 from Brighton will offer an historical commentary from Brighton to Seaford by historian Kevin Gordon, and will be met by Seaford Youth Drama group and the Choir of Seaford Primary School performing between 14.00 and 14.45.

Other trains being planned include one with a children’s party carriage leaving Seaford for Brighton at 14.58, run by Whiz Bang Pop Festival.

To travel on the history or party trains you will need a normal ticket, and to book a place (no extra charge) with Sam Bryant on 07891 556897 or email

There will be events taking place at stations along the line and at least three special trains between 10am and 4pm.

A steam train will run from London to the coast and back between 11am and noon (and again on the Sunday, with a different train).

Seaford Museum will have its historic Seaford Station rail-layout and show its special Railway 150 Exhibition, offering free entry to railway ticket holders or commemorative platform tickets between 11am and 4pm.

Bishopstone Station will host a film presentation and provide refreshments all priced at £1.50 to match the theme.

There is a facebook page (Seaford Line 150th celebrations) to keep up to date with the event. Commemorative souvenir platform tickets, a numbered limited-edition costing £2, are raising funds for the charity Railway Children. They are on sale at the Tourist Information Centre and ToyTown in Seaford.