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Below we have provided a list of helpful links that will assist you with additional information and resources related to the railway interests, and to the local community. We hope this will grow in an evolutionary way, and that you will recommend additional Links.


The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. The line gently wends its way from Tenterden for ten and a half miles, through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, to terminate in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam. When the Rother Valley Railway line is complete it will enable trains to run from Tenterden to Robertsbridge, connecting with the main line from Hastings to London.

Colonel Stephens
The Colonel Stephens Society is the Society for enthusiasts of the light and narrow gauge railways of Colonel Holman Fred Stephens 1868-1931.
4253 Locomotive Company Limited. The GWR 42xx class of 2-8-0T locomotive was designed by George Jackson Churchward and 4253 was built for the Great Western Railway in 1917. The plan is to rebuild the loco to support the future extension of KESR to Robertsbridge when larger motive power with more capacity will be required. Funds to finance the restoration come from the sale of shares in The 4253 Locomotive Company Limited. This means that by being a shareholder of the company you will in fact be a part-owner of the locomotive.
Abandoned Railways and Stations. Disused stations, abandoned railways, steam trains, old buildings and railway walks
Bluebell Railway
Bluebell Railway. Steam-hauled and steam-heated trains run between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park daily.
British Railways
BR Database. Complete BR Locomotive Database 1948-1997
Carriage Exchange
The Carriage Exchange. Heritage Railway Carriages, Restoration Parts Materials and Services, For Sale, Wanted. This site is run by the LMSCA in order to assist other restorers of Heritage Railway Carriages, at Heritage Railways or Museums.
CROSSRAIL - The Elizabeth Line:
Disused Railway Lines
Disused Railway Lines of Britain. Facebook page. This group is, as the title suggests, for members to post photographs that show anything to do with a railway line that is no longer in use. 
Disused Railways
Disused Railways of Sussex. Facebook page. A group where folk who have enjoyed exploring the disused railways of Sussex can relate their experiences. Been down a spooky disused tunnel and felt a rush of delicious solitude and a sense of history ? Enjoyed walking along an old platform even though it's now on private property ? Let's hear about it !
Disused Stations
Disused Stations. This web site is in its early stages but over the next few years we hope to build up a comprehensive database of this part of Britain’s railway heritage with a selection of photographs of closed stations and brief details of each station and a map showing its location. As most of these photographs were taken many years ago most sites will have changed and many of the buildings shown will have been demolished.
Forgotten Railways
Forgotten Railways. Facebook page. A bending of old and new photos, "I thought it might be nice to have them all in one place".
Forgotten Relics
Forgotten Relics. The site has stories about some of our more notable railway relics, with a hike through their history and reminiscences from those who worked there. You'll also find galleries showing dozens of bridges, viaducts, tunnels, earthworks, stations and junctions.
Hastings Tramways
Hastings Tramways Club. Was formed in 1992 by a group of people who were interested in the history of Hastings Tramways.
Heritage Railway

Heritage Railway. The complete Steam News magazine.

Heritage Railway Association. The voice of the heritage railway movement.
Lavender Line
Lavender Line. The Lavender line is a preserved railway in the heart of East Sussex. The railway travels for a two mile round trip between the village of Isfield and Worth Halt located in the Parish of Little Horsted. At Isfield you will find the headquarters of the Lavender line which includes the original Victorian station and signal box.
Model Railway Exhibitions & Events. Lists hundreds of model railway events throughout the UK.
National Railway Heritage Awards. We are the only Awards body dedicated to encouraging and rewarding best practice in the restoration and continued upkeep of our rich heritage of railway and tramway buildings and structures.
The New Adlestrop Railway Atlas is a historical atlas of Britain's railways, currently in progress. It shows lines and stations currently open, together with those that have closed.
Rail Map Online
Rail Map Online - Historic railways, railroads and tramways. Interactive maps of past & present railways.
Railscot. A History of Britain's Railways.
Raailway Routes
Railway Routes. Much has been written about the Railway routes, of their history and existence. There has also been a growing social media effort to record and reflect the images that people have recorded. The effort here is to bring a snapshot in time, of the railway routes, including stations, using modern tools to bring perspectives and interaction which has never before been possible.
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Our World Famous one-third size Steam & Diesel locomotives travel along 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe,to Dungeness.
Spa Valley Railway
Spa Valley Railway. Tunbridge Wells to Eridge, Kent
Steam Railway Lines

Steam Railway Lines. Details of all steam railways in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Britain's preserved, heritage, standard, narrow, miniature gauge train lines, also steam centres, tramways and railway museums.

Trainline; Your first stop for Train tickets.
Traveline. For journeys within the South, East and Midlands and by train or coach to or from most towns in Great Britain.
UK and Ireland Heritage Railways. An independent guide to the entire heritage railway scene (including tramways and preserved steam trains) in the UK and Ireland.
Vintage Carriages Trust
Vintage Carriages Trust Museum Of Rail Travel
Wikipedia List of British heritage and private railways

1066 Network
1066 Network. All about Hastings, St. Leonards and 1066 Country, its people, places and events.
National Trust Bodiam

The National Trust: Bodiam Castle. Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour This fairytale castle is one of Britain's most romantic and picturesque, set in the heart of 1066 country. 

Railway Ramblers
Railway Ramblers. The UK's specialist club for exploring old railways.
Ramblers; Britain's walking charity.

Robertsbridge. Complete travel information for Robertsbridge in East Sussex. Explore what Robertsbridge has to offer including accommodation, restaurants, attractions and businesses.

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