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Berwick

Although the LB&SCR had had a line to Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings as one of its earliest proposals, this line was, in fact, built by the Brighton, Lewes and Hastings Railway, authorized by Act of Parliament on 29th July 1844 and completed to Hastings, St Leonards on 27th June 1846. This company was sold to the LB&SCR under provisions made in its act of 1844. Between Lewes and Polegate (subsequently the junction for the Hailsham line from 14th May 1849) were two small country stations, Glynde and Berwick, that have managed to survive the ups and downs of the railway in recent years and are still open to passengers, though not goods, today.

The present day Berwick station is only manned during the Monday-Friday morning peak hours, although the Signalbox on the other side of the road from the station is manned for 24 hours, seven days a week.

The photographs on this pages were all taken on 28th June 2003.

 
Berwick The main station building, adjacent to the down line, as seen from the approach side. The station has recently been treated to a fresh coat of paint and is resplendent in the summer sunshine wearing the South Central colours.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
The same building from the platform side. Whilst the station is manned the entrance and exit are through the building and when unmanned through the green gate on the left.

photograph by Peter Richards

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Berwick The wooden up platform building, also resplendent in a new coat of paint.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
The view along the down platform encompassing the building, the level crossing and the Signalbox. To date, Berwick has kept its semaphore signals and the down starter is off for a fast service not calling here.

photograph by Peter Richards

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Berwick The level crossing barriers are lowered against the road traffic and await the arrival of the fast down service.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
The train has passed at high speed, the signal has returned to the on position, the barriers have been raised and the station returns to its peaceful slumber.

photograph by Peter Richards

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Berwick Looking down the line towards Polegate a crossover can be seen that can be used in the event of engineering works or some unexpected obstruction of the line.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
The Signalbox at Berwick, busier than the station this requires the attendance of a Signalman 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

photograph by Peter Richards

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