The Hastings line

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TQ7126 : Etchingham Station by tristan forward
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Hastings Line by N Chadwick
The Hastings Line links Hastings with Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, then onto London Charing Cross. The line was built by South East Railways (SER) and opened fully in 1853, having been constructed in phases. Tonbridge to Tunbridge Wells opened in 1846. Tunbridge Wells to Robertsbridge opened in 1851. Robertsbridge to Battle 1852 and Battle to St Leonards (Bo Peep Junction) 1853. The line was built very quickly (and not very well) and several of the tunnels need constant maintenance even today, several on them are single track.

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TQ6036 : The Hastings line south of Frant Station by N Chadwick


Tonbridge station

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Tonbridge Station by N Chadwick
Tonbridge Station was first built in 1842 by South Eastern Railways with the line coming in from London Bridge via Redhill. Later connections to London via Sevenoaks, Hastings, via Tunbridge Wells and Dover, via Ashford were added making it an important junction. The present station was rebuilt in 1935 with the brick frontage added in 1958.

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TQ5846 : Tonbridge Railway station by N Chadwick


Southborough viaduct

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Southborough Viaduct by N Chadwick
A 270 yd long brick arched railway viaduct, built by South Eastern Railways (SER) 1844 - 46. It carries the Hastings line ( LinkExternal link ), across the Firth Valley, between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. It is also known as Powdermills Viaduct, after a former gunpowder mill nearby. For more information see - LinkExternal link

It is a Grade II structure. LinkExternal link



TQ5942 : Southborough Viaduct by N Chadwick


High Brooms station

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High Brooms Station by N Chadwick
High Brooms railway station is on the Hastings Line ( LinkExternal link ). It serves the northern suburbs of Tunbridge Wells and Southborough. It was opened in 1893 as Southborough Station by the South Eastern Railway, changing to its present name in 1925.



TQ5941 : Northern end of the platform, High Brooms Station by N Chadwick


Tunbridge Wells station

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Tunbridge Wells Station by N Chadwick
Tunbridge Wells Station was opened by South eastern Railways (SER) on 25th November 1846. It is on "the Hastings line" ( LinkExternal link ). The station is a cut station with access in both directions by tunnels, the Grove Tunnel from the south and the Wells Tunnel from the north.

The station has a regular service to both London Charing Cross and Hastings as well as shuttles to Tonbridge and some to London Bridge via Redhill.

A Grade II listed building. LinkExternal link


TQ5839 : Tunbridge Wells Station by Paul Gillett


Frant station

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Frant Station by N Chadwick
A small station on the Hastings line. The station was opened in 1851. The Station buildings are Grade II listed. The station is in Bells Yew Green approx. 1 mile from Frant.


TQ6036 : Frant Station by N Chadwick


Wadhurst station

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Wadhurst Station by N Chadwick
Wadhurst station was opened by the South Eastern Railway (SER) in 1851. It is on the Hastings line. The station is about one mile from the village at the foot of a steep hill. It is an important commuter station for the surrounding rural area.


TQ6232 : Station House, Wadhurst Station by N Chadwick


Stonegate station

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Stonegate Station by N Chadwick
The station was opened in 1851 by South Eastern Railway. It was called Witherenden, it was renamed Stonegate in 1946. The station is on the Hastings line.


TQ6527 : Station House, Stonegate Station by N Chadwick


Etchingham station

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Etchingham Station by N Chadwick
Etchingham Station is on the Hastings line and was opened in 1851. It has an hourly service to Hastings and to London Charing Cross. The Station House is Grade II listed. LinkExternal link


TQ7126 : Etchingham Station by tristan forward


Robertsbridge station

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Robertsbridge Station by N Chadwick
Robertsbridge Station was opened by South East Railway in 1851 and was temporarily the terminal of the Hastings line. In 1900 it became a junction with the opening of a branch line to Tenterden, this closed in 1961. The station has hourly services to Hastings and london Charing Cross


TQ7323 : Robertsbridge station and level crossing by graham ross


Mountfield Halt station

Closed 1969.

Battle station

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Battle Station by N Chadwick
Battle Station is on the Hastings line and was opened in 1852. The station buildings are Grade II listed LinkExternal link . The station has offset platforms linked by a footbridge.


TQ7515 : Station House, Battle Station by N Chadwick


Crowhurst station

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Crowhurst Station by N Chadwick
Crowhurst station is on the Hastings line. The line was opened in 1852, but the station was not built until 1902, when a branch line to Bexhill was built just south of the station. The branch line and most of the station buildings have been dismantled. The station has an hourly service to Hastings and London Charing Cross.


TQ7612 : Crowhurst Station by Oast House Archive


West St Leonard's station

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West St Leonard's Station by N Chadwick
West St Leonard's Station is on the Hastings Line. It is served by Southeastern trains with an hourly service in both directions. It is located just north of Bo-Peep Junction, where the Hastings line joins the Coastway line.


TQ7809 : West St Leonards Station by Simon Carey


St Leonard's Warrior Square station

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St Leonard's Warrior Square Railway Station by N Chadwick
The station building and house of St Leonard's Warrior Square station were constructed in 1851. The station was built and owned by the South Eastern Railway (SER). The station is a cut station between two tunnels, The Bo-peep tunnel and Hastings tunnel.


TQ8009 : St Leonards Warrior Square station by Oast House Archive


Hastings station

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Hastings station by Oast House Archive
The railway first came to Hastings in 1851. A V-shape station building was originally built allow two competing railway companies to operate with 2 platforms each. This building was replaced with a neo-Georgian style building in 1931, which was subsequently replaced in 2004 with a glass station building.



Hastings is about 1h 45min journey to central London via the Hastings Line.


TQ8109 : Hastings University by Oast House Archive


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