(All 19.2.1979 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)
A selection of shots taken at a snowy Rye station back in 1979. Tons of atmosphere enhanced by the black and white photography, which was all I could afford back then! It wasn't arty - just cheap!
About this time the line was under a real threat of closure - not sure what they were thinking but a lot of people still hadn't twigged that the days of rail closures were just about numbered. It was always a strange trip across Romney Marsh stopping at strange little places, Rye was the only real town en route.
Of course today the line is transformed, providing an essential link from places like Brighton and Eastbourne to the HS1 route at Ashford. If we'd listened to the headbangers back in the seventies this would be an empty trackbed, and even more trains would be squeezed on to the Brighton Main Line!
Of course two other useful lines at Rye WERE closed, the Harbour branch, lifted in 1962. This was a mile and a half long and connected the harbour to the town. The sea at Rye has retreated over the centuries and has left the town, once a coastal resort, over a mile inland.