Kemp Town railway station

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Kemp Town
RCTS Rail Tour at the former Kemp Town station, 1952 (geograph 5129815).jpg
A train at the station in 1952, viewed from the north
Location
PlaceKemptown
AreaBrighton & Hove
Grid referenceTQ321041
Operations
Pre-groupingLondon, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms1
History
1869Station opened
1933Station closed to passengers
June 1971Station closed to freight
26 June 1971Special train service ran
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

Kemp Town railway station was the terminus station of the Kemp Town branch line, a short branch line serving the Kemptown district of Brighton, England.

The branch line opened in 1869, running from a junction off the Brighton to Lewes line between London Road and Moulsecoomb stations. It was expensive to construct, requiring a tunnel and a large viaduct.

The passenger service declined after 1917 due to tramway competition, and ceased at the end of 1932, but goods trains continued to operate on the line until 1971.

Opening[edit]

The Kemp Town branch line opened to traffic on 2 August 1869.[1][2] There was a formal ceremonial opening on 6 August.

Although the line was constructed as a single line, and the terminus had only one platform, extensive land was acquired around the Kemp Town terminus for future development.[1]

Development[edit]

In 1923 the LBSCR was made a constituent of the new Southern Railway following the Railways Act 1921. The Southern Railway decided to withdraw the passenger service on the line and the last passenger trains ran on 31 December 1932.[2][3]

After passenger closure[edit]

The signal boxes at Kemp Town and Lewes Road were decommissioned and "one engine in steam" working was instituted on the line for the one or two daily goods trains; this arrangement started on 29 July 1933. There was an occasional Sunday School special excursion on the line after passenger closure.

The railways of Great Britain were taken into public ownership on 1 January 1948, under the control of British Railways. The branch continued in use for goods purposes, and British Railways found it convenient to use Kemp Town goods station as a relief to the congested main goods depot of Brighton.[4] However the line finally closed on 26 June 1971.

Land use since closure[edit]

Tunnel portal at the north of the former station site, leading under Elm Grove

The site of Kemp Town station has been redeveloped as the Freshfield Industrial Estate.[5][6] The portal of the railway tunnel leading through to the site of Hartington Road Halt, may be viewed from the compound of a self-storage warehouse[5] and van rental company.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Hartington Road
Line and station closed
  London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Kemp Town branch line
  Terminus

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b J T Howard Turner, The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway: 2: Establishment and Growth, B T Batsford Ltd, London, 1978, ISBN 0 7134 1198 8, pages 173-174
  2. ^ a b M E Quick, Railway Passenger Stations in England Scotland and Wales—A Chronology, The Railway and Canal Historical Society, 2002
  3. ^ Peter A Harding, The Kemp Town Branch Line, self published, 1999, ISBN 0 952 3458 4 6
  4. ^ Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, South Coast Railways: Brighton to Eastbourne: Including the Kemp Town Branch, Middleton Press, Midhurst, 1985, ISBN 0-906520-16-9
  5. ^ a b "Kemp Town Junction". The Argus. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Disused Stations: Kemp Town Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Douglas d'Enno, East Brighton and Ovingdean Through Time, Amberley Publishing, Stroud, 2010, ISBN 978-1848689046

Coordinates: 50°49′18″N 0°07′27″W / 50.82167°N 0.12417°W / 50.82167; -0.12417