The Rother Valley Railway.
Tel: 01580 881833
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The Rother Valley Railway is located
opposite Robertsbridge Railway Station at Robertsbridge in East
The 'missing link' between Robertsbridge and the Kent &
East Sussex Railway at Bodiam is being rebuilt by Volunteer
members of the Rother Valley Railway Supporters Association.
We are working hard to introduce a Diesel
hauled service for Brake Van running, initially over 600 yards of existing track.
Much effort has been spent on developing
and improving the appearance of the site and the facilities. Visitors are
We do have an operational locomotive
on site but are currently unable to offer train rides.
We suggest that before making
a journey to see us that you confirm our opening times by calling us on 01580
We have an excellent stock of railway magazines,
old railway clothing, railway models and memorabilia for sale
in the buffet shop. Come and meet your genial hostess Marge.
We are always looking for any railway related
books/merchadise that people wish to donate.
Here's The Buffet Menu And Prices
(Adobe pdf), so come
along even if trains aren't your thing. We are
the only cafe in Robertsbridge! (Sundays only unfortunately)
What's The Weather Going To Be Like? Check
Here (Met Office)
The RVR also has two Ex-Hastings
tramway bodies undergoing restoration for a static display. Roy
and Derek are available to give tours and information on Sundays.
pdf (1.39 Mb)
THE ROTHER VALLEY RAILWAY
The RVRSA was formed in March
1997. The Association had as its initial aims, the co-ordination of volunteer
labour in order to progress the works at the Rother Valley Railway, the
production and provision of educational details of rolling stock and equipment
at the Railway and the production of a periodical magazine to keep members
informed as to the current position on the Railway.
In February 2001 a formal licence
was granted to the Association by the Rother Valley Railway (East Sussex) Ltd
for an initial period of five years to take over responsibility for the
management, operation and development of the site at Robertsbridge extending
from the Station Road boundary to the west side of Bridge no 2382. This would
enable the Company to concentrate on securing the rest of the trackbed to
Bodiam. The association is also actively pursuing reinstatement/relaying
to North Bridge St (the limit of trackbed ownership),
once an agreement over bridge structure ownership can
be resolved with BRB, hopefully very early in 2004.
vegetation clearance and fencing repairs are being
To meet this challenge, the aims
of the Association have been revised and widened, and now include assistance in
the restoration, development and operation of the Rother Valley Railway between
Robertsbridge and Bodiam, and the carrying out of publicity and fund raising
activities for the benefit of the Railway.
The Association maintains the
Railway’s Visitor Centre building at Robertsbridge (RVR) Station, which was
formerly used as the Orient Express Reception lounge at Victoria Station. It
incorporates an excellent Buffet and a Gift Shop which stocks a range of railway
souvenirs and ephemera including second hand model railway equipment and
includes a comprehensive selection of second hand books and magazines for
The Centre is open every Sunday
and Bank Holiday
between 0930 and 17.00 (or dusk
The Association is governed and
run by a board of Trustees. It is exclusively run by volunteers.
Its registered office is situated
at 375, New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, Aylesford, Kent. ME20 6RY.
The Association’s magazine "The
Phoenix" is published quarterly.
To comply with insurance
requirements, only members of the Association are permitted to work on the site
or take an active part in any other RVRSA activity. Why not join us.
The Kent & East Sussex Railway Preservation
Society was formed in 1961 following closure of the line.
After many trials and tribulations, the
Tenterden Railway Company Limited was incorporated in 1971 as a Company limited
by Guarantee and in 1973 was successful in purchasing that part of the line
between Tenterden and Bodiam. The Tenterden Railway Company is now known
as The Kent & East Sussex Railway, as of January
2004. The preservationists were refused permission by
the then Transport Minister Barbara Castle to take over the section between
Bodiam and Robertsbridge, despite taking the Minister to the High Court. The
latter section was lifted and became abandoned.
Trains first ran again on the Kent & East
Sussex Railway on the 3 February 1974 between Tenterden to Rolvenden, the line
gradually being restored and extended in stages, reaching Wittersham Road in
1977, Northiam in 1990 and finally Bodiam on the 2 April 2000, exactly 100 years
to the day since the original opening of the line to passengers. The Kent
& East Sussex Railway (K&ESR) has powers under its Memorandum and Articles of
Association to operate the Railway between Tenterden and Robertsbridge, but has
no current plans to extend beyond Bodiam.
A separate Company, the Rother Valley Railway
(East Sussex) Ltd, was formed on the 22 May 1991 with the approval of the K&ESR to
reconstruct the railway between Bodiam and Robertsbridge.
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