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 SCENES AROUND THE BRIGHTON AREA

 

 Looking North of Brighton station pre 1933.

 Looking North of Brighton station post 1933.

 

 

 The view from Brighton Signal Box looking towards the Station & towards Top Yard

 

 

VIEWS AROUND THE STATION

73005 JA E.D.L sitting on the buffer stops in the Middle Road.

(between Nos. 2 & 3 platforms)

 

THE RE-MODELING OF BRIGHTON STATION

AND TRACK WORK 1985

 Showing platform nine in use for the east coast traffic through out the four week closure PHIL PLAINE COLLECTION

 

 Brighton Signal Box just before the demolition was to take place over the Easter weekend 1985. The Box was to be demolished within 36 hours instead of taking almost 4 weeks

The replacing of Montpelier Bridge April 1985

A web page that gives information about Brighton Signal box 

and Signal boxes within Brighton the area

 

 ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES AT BRIGHTON FEATURING STEAM, DIESEL & ELECTRIC MULTIPLE UNITS 

 

WEST COAST ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

Scences on the West coast of Brighton Station

 

 This video appears on youtube

 

EAST COAST ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES 

Scences on the East coast of Brighton Station

 

 This video appears on youtube

 

MAIN LINE ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES 

 73105 awaiting departure with 23:18 vans to London Bridge via Redhill

 

Scences on the Main Line of Brighton Station

 

 http://www.britishrailways.tv/index.php?option=com_hwdvideoshare&task=viewvideo&Itemid=8&video_id=2155

 THE BRIGHTON BELLE ERA 

 

 

 SPECIAL TRAINS AT BRIGHTON

 

THE END OF AN ERA 

 

The end of an era at Brighton photos by Alan Bartlett

 

For pictures regarding Brighton loco hauled Inter Regional, Inter City & Cross Country trains.

  For pictures of Brighton station during the mid 1970's -1980's prior to the re-modeling of the Brighton area and other photos from around the area durining this era. 

 

SCENES AT LONDON ROAD

 

 

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Brighton Control Tower 1933

 

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Brighton's Yards & Sidings


 Brighton Top Yard


Brighton Top Yard Signal Box 

 

 A ballast train arriving from Three Beridges to Top Yard in 1976

In the background are three of the NRM locomotives that was stored in the Pullman Shops waiting to on display in Brighton station for the opened day in aid of  "Woking Homes" Railway Benevolent Society

 

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 Brighton's Lover's Walk 


 

 Brighton Lovers Walk open day to mark the 150th aniversary 1995


http://www.britishrailways.tv/british-railways?task=viewvideo&video_id=1345

 

 THE RELAYING OF TOP YARD & L.W.S MARCH1985

Looking South from Dyke Road Drive Road Bridge Good Friday 05.04.85

The lines on the far left is the North end of Top Yard with new layed up and down main lines next to them. In the centre is the old down slow line, down main and up main which now form parts of Lover's Walk sidings and carriage road. 

On the left hand side stands Top Yard Signal Box

 

  THE RELAYING OF L.W.S. 2004-6


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Above & Left

Brighton had one of the last steam operated brakedown cranes in the country. The steam crane was manned 24 hours a day in Mont. Sdgs. The crane was used to covered all over the Central division. It was later replaced by a diesel powered crane, which was later withdrawn and leaving no cover for emergencies recoveries within the Brighton area 


Malcolm Bradford 

whilst working as a steam crane driver in LWS

 

THE PULLMAN SHOPS


THE HISTORY OF THE BRIGHTON PULLMAN WORKSHOPS

  

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SECOND WORLD WAR DAMAGE


London Road Viaduct was severely damage in April 1942. 

 

 

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Below Brighton Works during the same air raid 

 

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 HOVE YARD

 

 

 

DEVIL'S DYKE BRANCH

 

STORIES FROM THE SHOVEL

Extracted from a book

about the Dyke Railway

 

One morning when the first train was retuning to Brighton it met a large horse on the line. Whistling and the blowing of the cylinder drain cocks made no impression on the beast. The fireman was sent forward to remove the animal but as he advance shouting and waving his arms, the horse looked coolly at him. Then began it began to walk purposefully towards the advancing fireman, who, not being a country lad, was overwhelmed by the size of the beast. After a final yell, it was the fireman who bolted - for the engine! The horse turned round and walked down the line, followed at a respectful distance by the train.

On many occassions the drivers of the Dyke trains had to put out, on the way back, the lineside fires their locomotives had started on the way up. During at least one winter a train was unable to reach the terminus owing to a snow drift which had to be shovelled through.

Driver A. Geere, of Brighton, remembers working the last train from the Dyke one night when the Train Staff was accidently left on the platform at the terminus. Its abscence was not not realised until the train had all but reached Dyke Junction and there was nothing for it but to go back to the summit to collect the Staff.

Brighton driver Fred Gambling, recalls that the Billington E4 0-6-2 tanks were the locomotive best suited to the line. Fred also recalls that double-heading was used on some heavy loaded services but an E4 with four bogies was the norm duringh a busy period.

Fred remembers taking a ballast train up to the Dyke with a class C2 0-6-0. In addition to the brake van at the rear of the train, another was included half way just in case the locomotive stalled and splitting the load became necessary. On this occasion, however, the summit was reached.

He also remembers that after dark, golfers wishing to join the last train from the Dyke would strike matches to signal to the driver to stop the train at the unlit Golf Club Halt!

 


The history of the Devil's Dyke Railway 

 

 

The Devil's Dyke "steep grade railway"

 

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PRESTON PARK

 

 

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KEMP TOWN JUNCTION ~ KEMP TOWN

 

 

 

"Q" class at Lewes Road Coal Yard (Sainsburys) with Shunter Ted Durrell in the foreground.

"The foremen of Co-Op coal would give him 2 bob a week to place the wagons. The money was often spent on teas at the cafe outside Kemp Town station" Ted Durrell.

Late 1950s Early 1960s.

 

 

 Kemp Town station 12.01.63

 The engine had been worked  Driver Johnny Woods & Fireman Johnny Miles

 

Brighton Works, Loco  (Brighton Driver Ron French) & Kemp Town

This video appears on youtube

 

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