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Brighton Station - Behind the Scenes

Every now and then we public are privileged to be allowed behind the scenes at Brighton Station whenever conducted tours are held. SEmG member John Lewis went on one such tour in the 1990s at a time when the station roof was being renovated. In more recent years regular tours have been held in conjunction with the Brighton Festival. Members Glen Woods, David Mills and Colin Duff took advantage of one of the festival tours on 22nd June 2002. The pictures which follow are from John Lewis and Colin Duff. We hope you enjoy this pictorial tour.
 
Brighton Station Frontage We start our tour with the public areas of the station - here a glimpse of the frontage seen here from the corner of Surrey Street.   David Moccatta's elegant station building design is largely hidden by the canopy and the porte-cochère.

photograph by Colin Duff

 
The station concourse looking roughly north east towards platform 8.

photograph by Colin Duff

Station Concourse
 
Station Concourse from higher up Another view looking in the same direction but from on top of the station building. In this 1990s view Network South East colours dominate not only on the trains but also on the structure.

photograph by John Lewis

 
The ornate LBSCR clock which is suspended from the roof. This clock has been restored since this photograph also taken in the 1990s. Although the station's main user is now Govia South Central and Thameslink the current colours used on the station structure are those of the previous predominant franchise holder Connex South Central.

photograph by John Lewis

LBSCR Station Clock
 
Train Shed Roof Our tour now takes us over and above the station. This is the western train shed roof seen from part way up Terminus Road.

photograph by Colin Duff

 
The sea-ward end of the middle trainshed roof as seen from a walkway on the station building roof.

photograph by Colin Duff

Middle Trainshed Roof
 
Interior of Trainshed Roof This is the interior structure abutting the sea-ward glass end of western trainshed roof whilst in Network SouthEast colours.

photograph by John Lewis

 
Back outside again and taken from higher up, this is a valley and tie-beams between trainshed roofs.

photograph by John Lewis

Roof Valley and Tie-beams
 
View A sight never seen by the countless passengers who pass through the station, the panorama of north east Brighton available from a rooftop walkway at the London end of the trainshed roof. The London Road viaduct and a part of the site of the former Brighton works can be seen.

photograph by John Lewis

 
The top of the station building from a rooftop walkway.

photograph by John Lewis

Top of the Station Building

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