Posted on 7th February 2017 / 658
Site Type : Preservation Hub / Campaign
Industry Type : Transport

Rother Valley Railway are reconstructing the Kent and East Sussex Railway from Robertsbridge to Bodiam.

They trying to reconnect to the mainline railway by rebuilding on as much of the old route as possible, which was closed in the early 60s and demolished in part in the early 70s.

Find out more on their website – HERE!

The Kent & East Sussex Railway Company operate the railway between Tenterden and Robertsbridge, but had no plans to extend beyond Bodiam.

A separate Company, the Rother Valley Railway (East Sussex) Ltd, was formed on the 22 May 1991 to reconstruct the railway from Bodiam to Robertsbridge and has since simplified its name to Rother Valley Railway Ltd.

The Rother Valley Railway proposes to restore the missing rail link – this is approximately a 3.5 mile long section. Crucially, there will be a link with the Kent and East Sussex at Bodiam enabling through running for a total of 14 miles.

Since 1991, the railway has been acquiring parts of the track bed. Negotiations continue with the remaining landowners to secure the remainder of the route. In addition the Railway is liaising with the various authorities to ensure that the necessary planning consents and orders will be granted.

In the past few years, 3/4 mile of track has been reconstructed in stages at the eastern end of the route, connecting KESR track to Junction Road. At the western end, 5 bridges have been reconstructed with track laid from outside the station area to Northbridge street.

There are several further bridges to reconstruct and 3 road crossings to be reinstated including the A21, and Robertsbridge by-pass, which was the original stumbling block and major reason which prevented the acquisition of the section back in the 1960s.

Follow the progress on the Facebook Group – HERE!

 

Rother Valley Railway, Robertsbridge Junction Station, Station Road, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5DG

Reconstructing Rother Valley Railway

Rother Valley Railway are reconstructing the Kent and East Sussex Railway from Robertsbridge to Bodiam.

They trying to reconnect to the mainline railway by rebuilding on as much of the old route as possible, which was closed in the early 60s and demolished in part in the early 70s.

Find out more on their website – HERE!

The Kent & East Sussex Railway Company operate the railway between Tenterden and Robertsbridge, but had no plans to extend beyond Bodiam.

A separate Company, the Rother Valley Railway (East Sussex) Ltd, was formed on the 22 May 1991 to reconstruct the railway from Bodiam to Robertsbridge and has since simplified its name to Rother Valley Railway Ltd.

The Rother Valley Railway proposes to restore the missing rail link – this is approximately a 3.5 mile long section. Crucially, there will be a link with the Kent and East Sussex at Bodiam enabling through running for a total of 14 miles.

Since 1991, the railway has been acquiring parts of the track bed. Negotiations continue with the remaining landowners to secure the remainder of the route. In addition the Railway is liaising with the various authorities to ensure that the necessary planning consents and orders will be granted.

In the past few years, 3/4 mile of track has been reconstructed in stages at the eastern end of the route, connecting KESR track to Junction Road. At the western end, 5 bridges have been reconstructed with track laid from outside the station area to Northbridge street.

There are several further bridges to reconstruct and 3 road crossings to be reinstated including the A21, and Robertsbridge by-pass, which was the original stumbling block and major reason which prevented the acquisition of the section back in the 1960s.

Follow the progress on the Facebook Group – HERE!

 

Rother Valley Railway, Robertsbridge Junction Station, Station Road, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5DG

Reconstructing Rother Valley Railway
Site Type : Preservation Hub / Campaign
Industry Type : Transport
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