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St. Leonards Railway Engineering T&RSMD

Post by Steve Blick on Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:18 pm


Two Rooms Kitchen & Bathrooms
Hastings Road
St. Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN40 2LE


Depot / Footbridge
St. Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 8AP


Recycling Centre
Bulverhythe Road
St. Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 8AF

Situated about 3 miles west of Hastings, on the Ashford to Eastbourne line, St. Leonards first opened in 1957, initially as a DEMU maintenance depot. It wasn't until 1986 though, where it gained 3rd rail electrification. Nowadays and sharing the site with Hasting Diesels LTD, it plays host to classes 171, 172 and 377 units, these arriving for stabling and servicing. Also regulars on site are the GBRf loco fleet, with 66's and 73's being common visitors.

By Car - From the M25, leave at junction 5 and take the A21 towards Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. Continuing along for just over 38 miles and upon reaching the outskirts of St. Leonards, take the signs for the A259, signposted for Brighton. Follow this for a couple of miles and then turn right into Filsham Road, still following the A259 signs for Brighton. At reaching the traffic lights, turn right onto the A259 Bexhill Road and continue along, taking the 1st left into Bulverhythe Road. From here and from across the recycling centre, you should be able to see into the front of the shed, this obviously all depending on whether any containers etc are blocking the view. If you can view the 07 or any other locos for that matter and you would prefer a closer look, then return to the main road and turn left. Now from here, you have two options. The first is to try and park on the road where the footbridge and depot is situated. This is double yellowed for the majority though and parking wardens are pretty quick in handing out tickets. The other option is to find somewhere to park on the main Bexhill Road. Some of this is double yellowed as well, so another option is to continue down the main road for about a mile and use the free public car park. There are toilets here and food outlets nearby also. By walking under the mainline and taking the cycle path to the left, this will take you alongside the line and up to the depot and footbridge. From the coastal path, you will be able to see into the depot stabling area and also the EMU carriage shed. The walk from the car park to here should take you around 15-20 minutes and is ok for wheelchairs users.

By Rail -  The nearest station is West St.Leonards. A train from Ashford or Tonbridge needs to be taken. From the station car park, cross over the mainline into St.Vincents Road and then right into West Hill Road. Take the 1st left and, after crossing the main road, head towards the sea. Proceed across the grassy area and join the foot / cycle path, heading right towards the beach huts. The mainline and depots will then become visible after a few minutes. Walking time about 10-15mins.

Notes - As mentioned in the driving directions, the majority of the main and side roads around the depot vicinity, either have parking restrictions / residential permits or have double yellow lines. If you can spare the time and are able-bodied enough, the coastal path walk is recommended. Apart from providing excellent photo opportunities for the mainline, the scenery is superb !

The public car park on Bexhill Road is free, has toilet facilities and can accommodate around 20 vehicles. If this is full though, then you can use the nearby retail park, which also will have the usual restaurants. ( Maccies & KFC etc )

Vantage Points - Apart from viewing across the recycling centre, which can be hit and miss, the coastal path and footbridge are the only other options ( apart from via a passing train obviously ). The latter will offer good photo opportunities of the mainline but any stock which is stabled in front of the depot doors, a wire mesh fence will hamper the taking of any clear shots.

Photos - View of mainline from the footbridge.
             Depot view from the coastal path.
             Carriage shed and beach view from the path.
             Depot view from across the recycle centre.

Maps - Road.
           Birds eye.
           Ordnance survey.

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