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Bexhill

Bexhill

The main entrance to the station photographed on 2nd August 2009..

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Bexhill station in East Sussex was opened by the LB&SCR in 1846 when their route from Brighton to St Leonards was opened. Fifty years later the SER built a line from Crowhurst, on that company's Hastings line, to their own terminal station in Bexhill, though not as conveniently situated for the town as the LB&SCR station. As a result, despite the SER route to London being shorter and quicker than that of the LB&SCR the travelling public preferred to use the latter's services - much to the chagrin of the SER which had built a grandiose terminus, with capacity for four platforms (though ony three had tracks laid and only two of those were normally used). When the Southern Railway was formed the ex-S E R (latterly SE&CR) station became Bexhill West and the ex-LB&SCR station became Bexhill Central.

This situation continued, with no connection between the two, for many years until the line to Bexhill West was closed and lifted in 1964, the former Bexhill Central then becoming plain Bexhill.

In 2005 there was a proposal to end the through service to Victoria but a local action group was set up and proved successful in keeping this service. There is also a campaign running today for the upgrading of the Marshlink line to Ashford and the running of SouthEastern high speed services through Bexhill to Eastbourne. In the other direction, via Hastings, the journey time to London would be slashed from 1 hour 52 minutes to approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Bexhill

The spacious, light and airy booking hall. Note the use of BR-style totems - and the colour of those on the Trackside Cafe!.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

The splendid Victorian ironwork in the roof of the booking hall.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

The station buildings are built on a bridge over the railway and this photograph shows the exit to the booking hall.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

One of the wide subways that lead down to the platforms.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

The 1910 built station footbridge providing access to, and exit from, Nº2 platform via the station buildings.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

The station buildings viewed from the platform level.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

The wide platforms underneath their canopies. Fortunately Bexhill has survived without the "modernisation" that has ruined many a fine station elsewhere.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

The platform-level buildings looking as if they have only just had a new coat of paint.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

An overview of the station with DHMU 171723 at the platform and a goodly crowd of passengers ready to board.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

The Saxby & Farmer Signalbox. Despite the shutter giving the air of a 'box that is no longer in use Bexhill's is, though not open on Sundays. Yes, this photograph was taken on a Sunday - 2nd August 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Bexhill

The electrical substation with its two-tone colour scheme, no doubt the result of covering up graffiti left there by certain members of the local populace!

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

This page was created 9 December 2009

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