Rother Valley, The Later the Kent & East Sussex Railway 1896-1948 By Finch

Rother Valley, The Later the Kent & East Sussex Railway 1896-1948 By Finch

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Rother Valley, The Later the Kent & East Sussex Railway 1896-1948 By Finch
 
The Rother Valley Later the Kent & East Sussex Railway 1896-1948 By M Lawson Finch Soft Cover FIRST Edition 1949 80 Pages
For many of us the light railway has a charm which few can resist and none can readily explain. Who has not overheard that chance remark of a fellow wayfarer : " What a quaint little engine," when waiting perhaps for the level crossing gates to open, or when viewed from its greatest rival the omnibus. Unfortunately, the time has come when these delights of rural England are all being rapidly forced to close down, just because nearly all of them have outlived the original purposes for which they were built.
The Kent and East Sussex Railway is a line in which I have always been keenly interested and now, whilst not closing down, it has reached the end of its life as a separate and much loved entity. It has thus lost that character, all of its own, which once met is never entirely forgotten.
In this book I have tried to gain a little of the atmosphere of the line itself, and to place on record for those of a like interest, an authentic and complete history which it is hoped will be interesting enough to be dipped into time and again ; so bringing back happy memories of ambling sun warmed mixed train journeys through typical English countryside-with the added charm of shunting so often generously included.
Long may such memories survive.
The work of producing this book has been a pleasure from beginning to end, and I can only hope that readers will derive half as much from reading it as I did from meeting and talking to all the people who have so generously helped in its compilation. Would that all things could be conducted in so friendly a manner.
Whilst I have endeavoured to discover everything appertaining to the Kent and East Sussex Railway there are regrettably many points on which genuine records are very hard to come by. Therefore, if anyone has any information, however small, which he would care to impart, then I should be exceedingly grateful, and it will go into a history of an even more comprehensive nature.

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