Fenchurch and the Metropolitan coaches ready to leave Kingscote, in the rain on January 1st 2004
For two decades the northern terminus of the Bluebell Railway, which has been lovingly and carefully restored since we purchased it in January 1985. The second platform, demolished by a former owner, has been rebuilt complete with a signal-box and a replica of the original canopy.
The station has been restored to its 1950s condition by "The Friends of Kingscote", a volunteer group within the Society, who now maintain the station.
With Sheffield Park having become home to our locomotive works, loco shed, offices, restaurant and main shop, and Horsted Keynes similarly developed as our carriage restoration base, Kingscote is the only chance the railway has to retain the sleepy atmosphere of the historic line. Now the extension to East Grinstead is completed, this is all the more so; the quiet spot where the visitor to the line can escape the crowds on a busy day.
To encourage people to stop off here, we now have a Children's outdoor Play Area behind platform 2, and we are starting to develop a representation a typical country station goods yard, appropriate to the station's own history.
History of the Station
Martin Skrzetuszewski and Roger Barton have provided the following pages about the history of the station, the first two featuring photos from the early 1920s. The first page introduces some of the staff who worked at the station in the 1920s, while the second shows the station and its environs. A third page covers the 1950s, and page 4 covers the closed station.
There are a number of other pages about Kingscote elsewhere on the Bluebell website:
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