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Great photos and a nice story Mick, can you walk this path, I didn't know about it? Yes I agree it would be a great if it could be safely extended to Lovers Walk or beyond to the rock gardens!

By Peter Groves (02/02/2012)

Yes Peter, the greenway path is open to the general public. After you cross to bridge walking north, the track bed is visible, it continues under the east coastway line behind Preston Road Technical College and leads up to Dyke Road Drive. There is a huge retaining wall on Dyke Road Drive as there was no room for an embankment to support the track bed. It’s quite amazing the amount of level ground that was created by the LBSCR; by cutting into the hillside and emptying the spoil up to retaining walls they were able to establish locomotive and carriage works in an unsuitable area. It’s hard to believe Brighton was chosen as an engineering centre in the 1850’s, with no resources or tradition of heavy industry, surrounded by sheep farms and fishing, skills and raw materials would have to come to Brighton via the railway.

By Michael Brittain (03/02/2012)

Hi Mick, see: I'm gonna do that walk some time soon if you are interested in joining me?

By Peter Groves (05/02/2012)

That's brilliant! When I was a mere stripling back around 1960 I used to cycle up to Stanford Road and watch the goods wagons being shunted from the upper Goods Yard down the slope to the bridge over New England Road and on to the lower Goods Yard. Now you can walk the old alignment! Next time I'm back in the old home town I'll do just that.

By Len Liechti (07/02/2012)

Here is a photo from the James Grey collection, it shows the original pillars supporting the factory extension of the locomotive works over the old goods line:
You can clearly see the arched support wall where the new housing has been built to form Stroudley Road.

By Michael Brittain (11/02/2012)