The Hellingly Hospital Railway was a light railway owned and operated
by East Sussex County Council, used to deliver coal and passengers to
Hellingly Hospital, a psychiatric hospital near Hailsham, via a spur
from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway’s Cuckoo Line at
Hellingly railway station. The railway was constructed in 1899 and
opened to passengers on 20 July 1903, following its electrification in
1902. After the railway grouping of 1923, passenger numbers declined so
significantly that the hospital authorities no longer considered
passenger usage of the line to be economical, and the service was
withdrawn. The railway closed to freight in 1959, following the
hospital's decision to convert its coal boilers to oil, which rendered
the railway unnecessary. The route took a mostly direct path from a
junction immediately south of Hellingly Station to Hellingly Hospital,
past sidings known as Farm Siding and Park House Siding respectively,
used as stopping places to load and unload produce and supplies from
outbuildings of the hospital. Much of the railway has since been
converted to footpath, and many of the buildings formerly served by the
line are now abandoned.
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