Above: This map shows positions of items in the photos shown below, relative to Mayo Road & Prince’s Road in order to make it easier to compare to the modern map at the bottom of the page.

 

Above: The Lewes Road Signal box is seen here looking back along the cutting towards the tunnel under Ditchling Road, in 1954. The Box housed a 19 lever frame and dates from the time the Kemptown Branch was originally opened. The “stilts” variety of signal box was quite popular in the Brighton area, as similar structures could be seen at Lover’s Walk and the entrance to Brighton Station’s Goods Yards, mentioned elsewhere. The locomotive is an E4 class (No. 32511) at the head of a daily goods train to Kemptown Station.

 

Above Right: Another view of the Lewes Road signal box, this time looking towards the station and Lewes Road Viaduct. This picture is quite deceptive in that it gives the impression of quite complex double trackwork. However, the Kemptown Branch was single track for the whole of its length, save for the tracks leading to the coal and goods sidings, of which the pointwork shown here is part.

 

Note the huge of telegraph poles: at this time, the majority of Railway telephone systems were used jointly with the omnibus company. The calls were clearly audible to anyone who tapped into them and I can’t help wondering if this fact alone sped up the demise of the Kemptown Branch to bus routes. Maybe the bus drivers tapped the phones and got there first!!

 

Above: Units 2A and 2B on the Centenary Industrial Estate, Hughes Road are seen here shown in red. It is hard to believe, looking at the Industrial Estate in the present day, that any of the old railway workings ever existed. The signal box for the Branch, Goods and Coal Yard stood at what is now the left hand end of this block.

This map shows the position of units 2A & 2Brelative to Prince’s Road & Mayo Road junction in order to make it easier to compare to the older map location shown at the top of the page. 

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