Bodiam railway station is a heritage railway station on the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Bodiam, East Sussex.Take a look at our Bodiam driving holiday site to schedule your visit to Bodiam Railway Station and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Situated half a mile from the Bodiam village itself and its fourteenth century castle, the station opened in 1900 in a rather remote and rural location. It was surrounded by hop fields, mainly owned by Guinness, and helped to serve the industry in the area, bringing hop-pickers to and from the fields and transporting hops to the breweries. In 1910, a siding was added which effectively acted as a loop allowing freight trains to pass passenger trains. The station was known as "Bodiam for Staplecross".
In keeping with other stations on the line, the main station building was fitted out in typical spartan style. Only Gents toilet facilities were available and the urinal was flushed using water gathered in the building's rainwater pipe.
Dwindling passenger numbers and increased competition from road hauliers saw the line close to regular passenger services in 1954 but freight and occasional special passenger trains used the line until 1961. It was subsequently rescued in 1971 by the Tenterden Railway Company (now the Kent and East Sussex Railway) who purchased the line between Tenterden and Bodiam for £60,000. Its extension to Bodiam was completed in 2000 and the station now marks the line's southern terminus.
The Cavell Van, the railway van that conveyed Edith Cavell's remains from Dover to London is kept as a memorial and is usually open to view at Bodiam railway station. The van also carried the bodies of Charles Fryatt and The Unknown Warrior.
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My Grandson is 3 years old and obsessed with steam trains.. We arrived a little earlier than required as there is no parking at the station and managed a sneaky park nearby.. Parking at Bodiam Castle ... more »
Even if you are not planning on travelling by steam or diesel train from Bodiam Station, it’s well worth visiting the various carriages and exhibitions. I found the waiting room especially interesting... more »
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