Some Early Lines – Brief History of the Eastbourne – Tunbridge Wells (Cuckoo) Line

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Some Early Lines



Eastbourne – Tunbridge Wells train passes Polegate ”A’ signal box in the late 1950’s

The `Cuckoo Line’ from Polegate to Eridge was completed in two stages. Initially a route from Polegate to Hailsham was opened on 14th May 1849 and a line south to Eastbourne opened to traffic on the same day. These lines followed only three years after a route had been completed east from Brighton via Lewes and Polegate to St. Leonards. The original Eastbourne Station was opened in 1849. It was replaced by a new station on the current site in 1866.

The remainder of the route northwards from Hailsham to Eridge was completed some 31 years. In 1873, local business interests promoted a Bill for a 3′ gauge line from Tunbridge Wells to Polegate. Little progress was made in raising the required capital and…

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