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Full round up of events: Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Brighton to Seaford line

Bishopstone Beach Halt Railway Station in 1934. The station was closed in 1938. Today all that can be seen is a small section of the platform.

Bishopstone Beach Halt Railway Station in 1934. The station was closed in 1938. Today all that can be seen is a small section of the platform.

A steam train, live music and vintage vehicle displays will be just some of the attractions at the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Brighton to Seaford line.

Free events will be taking place at railway stations along the length of the line on Saturday June 7.

Organisers said the day was designed to appeal to the whole family, whether they were train fans or not.

Event coordinator Sam Bryant, from the Sussex Community Rail Partnership, said: “Members of various local communities have come together to make this an extra special day with events at stations, on trains and even a steam train visiting the area in the morning.

“Members of various local communities have come together to make this an extra special day with events at stations, on trains and even a steam train visiting the area in the morning.”

The Oliver Cromwell train, supplied by the Railway Touring Company, will run from Brighton to Seaford and back and while tickets are only available for pre paid passengers, it will still make a good photo opportunity.

Most of the events are free but you will need a train ticket if you plan to travel between events or on the trains which have special events.

Lewes, Southease, Newhaven Town, Newhaven Harbour, Bishopstone and Seaford stations all have events on the day.

Lewes, 10am-4pm

At Lewes Railway Station there will be a vintage vehicle display, children’s entertainment, including face painting, and the Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band.

Southease 2.40pm

A guided walk lasting two hours with tea and cake at the Youth Hostel afterwards.

Newhaven

From 2pm to 5pm there will be free entry at Newhaven Museum for people with a valid train ticket. Visitors can see a model of the station and harbour, as well as lots of historic photographs.

Newhaven Model Railway Club will have a display at their clubhouse next to the station at Newhaven Harbour.

At 2.10pm there will be a guided historical walk about the railway, port and World War I with Jenny Flood. Booking essential - call Sam Bryant on 07891 556897.

At Newhaven Town Railway Station there will be music from Haven Harmonies to greet the VIP train, signal box tours and at 11.15am there will be a family cycle ride with Lucy from Bike It which will last an hour.

Bishopstone 10am-4pm

Film showings of travel themed films, thanks to Filmspot and Seaford Cinema.

Seaford

Visitors will be able to see a special station gala with stalls, fancy dress, bands and drama displays from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a guided tour of Seaford with a special railway focus from Kevin Gordon at £2.50 per person from 10.20am to 11.40am.

At Seaford Museum from 11am to 4pm there will be a special rail exhibition.

Seaford mayor Mark Brown added: “This is a really great event for us.

“We are delighted to welcome people into the town via the railway and to enjoy all the wonderful events both at Seaford Station and at other stations along the line.”

Southern will unveil a plaque to mark the anniversary.

There will also be music from Seaford Baptist Church Concert Choir, Seaford Primary Choir and Seaford Youth Drama.

Seaford shops are dressing up their windows, while pubs and cafes will be offering a specially brewed Harvey’s Ale.

To find out more about events taking place at each railway station visit www.sussexcrp.org

As part of the Seaford Rail 150 event, celebrating 150 years of trains between Brighton and Seaford, a special ticket has gone on sale.

The limited-edition numbered tickets are Souvenir Platform Tickets for Seaford.

A similar Lewes ticket is on sale in Lewes.

Each town has 1,000 of these authentically-printed tickets, and those for Seaford are on sale at the Tourist Information Centre in Church Street, and Toytown Toyshop in High Street.

They cost £2 and all the proceeds go to the international charity ‘Railway Children’ helping street children.

They will also be available on Saturday June 7 at the Gala Event at Seaford Station.

The 13.40 from Brighton will offer an historical commentary along the whole route from Brighton to Seaford by local historian and author Kevin Gordon. And there will be 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 sam@sussexcrp.org

Full history on page 46

 

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