Thursday, 22 April 2010

classical style

(Rye 19.2.1979)

Another one of those unthought out photos that just gets better with age. This is Rye, in East Sussex, on 19 February 1979. I love the classical lines of the station building, and the cars and bus date the picture well.

I was visiting this route often in the 70s as, incredibly, it was under serious threat of closure. Of course now it serves as an excellent route connecting with the Channel Tunnel route at Ashford and will no doubt be electrified in the not too distant future. Hopefully the line to Lydd and New Romney will open to passengers in the coming years.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks that has the feel of its time - yes I love Rye station too and the way the signal box sat neatly opposite the platforms. Plus the bluebell wood route east to Ashford and open marshland, oast houses etc. It may become much busier if that route is 3rd rail electrified (or indeed overhead) as then Hastings's main line to London would be that way, using Javelin type trains. Enjoy the line while it's a quiet country byway (from author of Britain from the Rails: A Window Gazer's Guide)