Cuckoo Line

Cuckoo Line

Coordinates: 50°49′52″N 0°15′11″E / 50.831°N 0.253°E / 50.831; 0.253

[ ] 'The Cuckoo Line'
(Tunbridge Wells West to Polegate)
Legend
Hastings Line (towards Tonbridge)
Wells Tunnel
Tunbridge Wells ('Central')
Grove Hill Tunnel
Grove Junction
Grove Tunnel
Tunbridge Wells West(Spa Valley Railway)
Hastings Line (towards Hastings)
High Rocks Halt(SVR)
Groombridge(SVR)
Oxted Line towards London
to Three Bridges via East Grinstead HL
Birchden Junction
Eridge
Redgate Mill Junction
Oxted Line towards Uckfield
Wealden Line towards Lewes
Rotherfield & Mark Cross(Closed 1965)
Mayfield Tunnel
Mayfield(Closed 1965)
Heathfield Tunnel 265 yards (242 m))
Heathfield(Closed 1965)
Horam(Closed 1965)
Hellingly Hospital Railway(Closed 1958)
Hellingly(Closed 1965)
Proposed Ouse Valley Railway (not built)
Hailsham(Closed 1968)
Proposed Ouse Valley Railway (not built)
East Coastway Line
Polegate


The Cuckoo Line is an informal name for the now defunct railway service which linked Polegate and Eridge in East Sussex, England, from 1880 to 1968. It was nicknamed the Cuckoo Line by drivers, from a tradition observed at the annual fair at Heathfield, a station on the route. At the fair, which was held each April, a lady would release a cuckoo from a basket, it being supposedly the 'first cuckoo of spring'.

The railway line served the following Sussex communities: Polegate, Hailsham, Hellingly, Horam for Waldron, Heathfield, Mayfield, Rotherfield and Eridge. Services continued through Eridge and onward via Groombridge to Tunbridge Wells.

The Hailsham-Eridge section closed in 1965, the Polegate-Hailsham branch surviving until 1968. Eridge-Tunbridge Wells closed in 1985, and this line has been resurrected as the Spa Valley Railway.

Read more about Cuckoo Line:  History, Accidents

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Hellingly Hospital Railway - Route
... The railway left the Cuckoo Line at Hellingly Station ... Although the railway joined the Cuckoo Line at both the northern and southern ends of the platform, virtually no through trains ever ran ... Due to the arrangement of the lines at the junction between the Cuckoo Line and the Hospital Railway, passenger services to and from the hospital needed to reverse to the south of Hellingly station ...

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