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Sussex Slammer Railtour: Newhaven Town and Newhaven Marine

Entering Newhaven Town The train entering Newhaven Town.   Newhaven is distinguished by having three railway stations within a short distance. From the London direction the first two, Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour are barely 5 minutes walk apart.  Newhaven Marine is even closer to Newhaven Harbour being but a long train-length branch off the Seaford line and almost off the end of the platforms at Newhaven Harbour.  Newhaven Marine is not regularly served by public trains these days but the conductor rails remain energised for fairly regular electric stock movements.  Therefore a train ride into Marine is now a rare treat.  Newhaven Marine has recently been used for short term storage of trains.

photograph by Colin Duff

Newhaven Marine sign with MV Dieppe ferry in the background Reflecting its effectively out of service status there is an air of neglect around Newhaven Marine station and all signage is still of Network SouthEast heritage.  In the background is r-o/r-o ferry MV Dieppe.   Long since gone are the days of the Falaise, Valencay and Villandry!

photograph by Colin Duff

end of the line Taken from behind the buffer stops, the tour at the end of this particular piece of line.  Although technically trespassing, photographers using this viewpoint took great care to remain on the marked safe walkway.   The single person who did not was swiftly brought back into line by the tour's stewards and other railtourers.

photograph by Seth Anderson-Crook

Safety sign in four languages Network SouthEast 13 car stop sign

(above left) reflecting the international status of the area and showing that safety is of prime concern because this particular bit of signage is in good condition, four languages warning of the electrified tracks. photograph by Colin Watts
(above right) However, the typical condition of signage in the area is more like this heavily corroded 13 car stop sign - 13 cars.... a challenge which the tour did not meet.  Shame there is not a mainline certified MLV. photograph by Colin Duff