As part of a short link line between two major London to South Coast railways, the Ardingly branch was opened in 1883 – some one hundred years before the arrival of me in fact!
Traffic was always light, and as part of the national “Beeching Axe”, passenger services ceased in 1963 – some twenty years before the arrival of me in fact!
This is the abandoned and decaying Lywood Tunnel that sits almost exactly halfway along the former trackbed of this West Sussex railway line. A spooky reminder that had I been standing here 100 years ago I would probably have been flattened by an approaching steam train.
This land was acquired by the Bluebell Railway in 1997, with visions of it being restored to allow steam services to reconnect to the Brighton Main Line at Haywards Heath. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon.
📸Canon EOS 60D, 1/100 exposure @ f/7.0 35mm ISO100. –
📍Lywood Tunnel in West Sussex📍
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