Exhibition about railway opens in Newhaven

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AN EXHIBITION illuminating the history of the railway in Newhaven will be officially opened by MP Norman Baker tomorrow (Saturday April 16).

It is being staged at Newhaven Town Station and will feature historical photos, as well as an information board detailing key events.

The fascinating display, conjuring up days gone by, was organised by living history website Our Newhaven.

Chair of Our Newhaven Sylvia Woolford said: “Everybody said how lovely the waiting room looks with the exhibition and everybody stops and looks.”

Visitors will be able to learn all sorts of interesting facts about the railway in Newhaven.

For example did you know the Railway Act authorised providing a line between Lewes and Newhaven as early as 1837?

The original plan was to build a line passing through Kingston, down the side of the River Ouse, including Iford, Southease and Piddinghoe.

This plan did not go ahead but another was discussed which included Seaford.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the photos in the exhibition. It shows a Schools Class Steam Loco chugging out of the loco shed in Newhaven. It was taken by Charles Quinton in 1954.

Newhaven Mayor Graham Amy, Newhaven Museum representatives and staff from Southern are also expected to attend the official launch.