Author: Peter Harding
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Status: In Stock
For a small country branch line, the Hawkhurst branch had everything – delightful scenery with hop gardens, orchards, narrow valleys, woods and period farm buildings. The branch is probably best remembered for its association with hop pickers as the tank engines and pull and push sets of two carriages would climb the steep line, through the Wealden Hills, arriving exhausted by the effort at the terminus.
With photographs and illustrations the book includes the history of the line, the motive power and rolling stock, hop-pickers’ specials, tickets and timetables, closure and the present scene.