Celebrating Brighton to Seaford railway line’s 150th birthday

Seaford train station

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A brass band and people dressed in Victorian costume on the platform at Seaford Railway Station are just some of the ideas being cooked up to celebrate the 150th birthday of the Seaford to Brighton line.

In fact the Sussex Community Rail Partnership is planning to hold special events at all the stations along the line, including Bishopstone, Newhaven, Southease, Lewes, Falmer, Moulscombe, London Road and Brighton.

The section between Newhaven and Seaford was completed 150 years ago, opening up the seaside town to tourism and turning around the town’s fortunes.

The event is still developing but for example, organisers are considering staging guided walks at Southease, which is next to the South Downs Way and a vintage bus display at Lewes with heritage buses.

At Newhaven they are thinking about linking up with the Fort and at Bishopstone a video about why people should use the train could be projected on to the art deco ticket office.

Samantha Bryant, who is the project coordinator, is also hoping to get a steam train for the day.

In Seaford there would also be a display of historic photos which Seaford Museum is helping with.

The special celebratory event will be held on Saturday June 7.

If anyone would like to help with the project, contact Samantha Bryant on 07891 556897.