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Power to the people From The Argus Campaigners claimed successfully that British Rail had ignored the profit from freight trains and fares paid by passengers coming from beyond the line.
Transport Minster Richard Marsh gave permission to close the line in 1969, provided a replacement bus service was started. It seemed doomed. But the route received a two year reprieve following cuts which included replacing staffed level crossings with automated ones and singling the track between Appledore and Ore, leaving only a passing loop at Rye. A decision was made to louis vuitton agenda mm review keep it open after that but it was almost unnoticed in Sussex when bigger lines were under threat. At one time railways to Lewes and Shoreham, part of the East and West Coastway services, were mooted for closure even though they were far busier. Luckily they also survived and have become better used over the years. They link up with the Ashford line at Hastings. But the little line was neglected for many years, running just an hourly service or less most of the time. It was and is one of the few lines in Sussex not to be electrified. Some of its rolling stock in the last decade was so old that when it was finally replaced, the carriages went straight into louis vuitton authentication website rail heritage museums. But progress was made louis vuitton alma bag replica when through trains to Brighton were introduced, leading to hopes the line would provide a useful connection at Ashford for the Channel Tunnel. It is all a far cry from the early days of the line, which was constructed in 1850. It would have enabled troops to be carried quickly to the extensive marshes near the sea to repel any invasion. But the enemy never arrived. Although the line passed mainly through small villages, with Rye the only town of note on the way, thousands of people came out for the official opening. Later, halts were opened at Three Oaks, Guestling and Snailham, although only a handful of passengers ever used them regularly. A picture from the collection of Paul O'Callaghan, who has written a history of the line, shows how small the trains were around 1910.
The picture was taken louis vuitton toddler shoes at Three Oaks. East Sussex Coastal Railways: Volume One the Ashford to Brighton Line by Paul O'Callaghan (SB Publications, 7.99) also includes details of the route to Brighton.
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