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An excellent project. I've walked to The Devil's Dyke many times from Portslade via the now defunct West Hove Golf course but only once via the old railway line from Hangleton Church. If I could suggest a slightly better mapping tool below... ...although still about four years out of date, according to my property, it does give a very good Lat/Long readout which tallies exactly with readings I got from a Garmin SatNav device. I think I've centered the map over where the old Dyke Station used to be. Regards

By Chris McBrien (03/11/2009)

It is sad that it appears that someone may have heard of your venture and be setting out to steal your thunder. Good Luck.

By Jeremy Homeward (03/11/2009)

This is gonna be a slow journey to the Dyke unless Part 3 comes online soon!

By Eddy Powell (12/11/2009)

Holland Road Halt was opened in 1905 with trains stopping there too. There was another station on that site before then but it was closed in 1880 before the Dyke railway opened. However this was after the acts were passed in Parliament, so it may be referred to in the acts. Interestingly that station was called Hove Station, not to be confused with what is now Hove Station but back then, as stated in this interesting article, was called Cliftonville Station. I took the station opening dates from the excellent 'The Directory of Railway Stations' by R.V.J. Butt.

By Tim (15/11/2009)

Hi I used to live in Maple Gardens and spent the first 10 years of my life playing on and around the old railway bank. We were at No 26 and my grandparents had extended our back garden to incorperate the north slope of the railway bank. The first half was a vegetable garden and the steep part had a windy path to the top. We used to pick blackberryies by the basket full and had large bonfires on November 5th each year where the tracks used to be. We also had access down the south side of the bank to Englishes market garden. I have many more happy memories of the old railway bank and was very sad when they removed it to build the fire station.

By Ken Barrington (28/11/2009)

Hi Ken, and many thanks for the comments you have made. You mentioned "bank" which implies an embankment, and at first I thought you must be mistaken, "he means cutting" Anyway I got the old 1933 OS map out and it looks like the cutting under Old Shoreham Road soon changed from cutting to embankment as it reached Maple Gardens. Of course on the old map its not possible to see the difference between cutting and embankment, great if you could confirm?

By Peter Groves (01/12/2009)

Oh, Ken also I would be interested to know when you lived at No 26, between what years? Thanks.

By Peter Groves (01/12/2009)

My understanding is that after passing under the Old Shoreham Road in a deep cutting the line quickly changed to an embankment and it is this embankment which I believe Ken is referring to and which can be seen in images 125 and 146 (volume 16) of James Gray's photos. This embankment is now of course the site of Hove Fire Station. What I think is really interesting about image 146 in particular, is that it clearly shows the rising gradient of line at this point.

By Stu Berry (02/12/2009)

Thanks for that Stu, I had see those photos before, but had dismissed them as not very interesting, I was wrong. I can't quite make out the exact location/position of each photo (125 and 146), although I've the general position, I wouldn't mind a visit to see if I can identify the exact current view from the same location, many thanks.

By Peter Groves (03/12/2009)

Hi Peter! I lived at No 26 from 1950-1960. My grandparents' name was Pennicard, they brought the house in the mid 1930s not long after it was built. My grandad died in 1960, my grandma lived there until 1963 and then sold up and moved away. Under the shed/garage was a large airaid shelter, in later years it was filled with rubbish, old bikes etc. As a child I can remember an old hand gun from the war being thrown down there. Yes, I spent many many happy days of my childhood "up on the Bank". At number 26 there was a large crack down the stair case wall - my mother says it was caused when a bomb went off near by in the war; it only showed when the wall paper on the stairs was changed. I am adding a photo of my Dad and Grandad standing were the car park for the fire station is now. Ken.

By Ken Barrington (21/12/2009)

Hi Ken, thanks for that! Where is the photo of your grandad? Perhaps you could email it to me

By Peter Groves (22/12/2009)

I enjoyed reading of the children exploring the old line. In the late 20s I had a season ticket to travel to school at East Hove Infants School traveling by train which was always the old push-pull Dyke train, the engine in the middle, returning in the afternoon from Holland Road Halt. By 1929 I had become the train prefect, maintaining order amongst the younger children. One of the sights was seeing the signalman step out from his signal box to hand over the metal ring that every train on the Dyke railway had to have.

By George Holt (18/08/2013)

Hi George, brilliant to have a first- hand recollection of someone who actually remembers travelling on the Dyke line. The metal ring you referred to is the single line token that the signalman would have passed to the driver at Dyke Junction which permitted him access onto the single track branch line. Do you have any other recollections, photos or stories that you can share with us please as I'm sure they'd make fascinating reading for those of us interested in the line?

By Stu Berry (20/08/2013)