Newhaven. It's full of warehouses. It's all industrial. It's got 2 Stations (Harbour and Town) and a ghost station (Marine). Right? Nope. The Harbour and Town stations have something that I'm really in to at the moment, but we'll get to that later. Firstly, there's the well-known, abandoned Newhaven Marine Station, with its rusted (not-much-of-a) roof - the main reason I came. There's also an abandoned ferry terminal next to it, where ferries used to run to France from. (A great video of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTmumbrKohs). Except now it's demolished:
|Trains to Seaford go left, but the branch to the right is where Newhaven Marine once stood.|
But at least there was still one good reason... Take a guess - I'm obsessed with them at the moment!
If you said something that is short and red, you're right! Well, kind of - the Southern machines are green, but still...
|The one working machine at Newhaven Harbour. The other had the 'Not In Use' light on|
As I was walking to Newhaven Harbour (There was 15 minutes until the train and it was a 10 minute walk - I would probably be able to get another 3 pieces of paper from a short, green machine there too) I stumbled across a yard full of buses! At first I thought it was preserved buses, but after some research I've found out that it seems to be the depot of a company called either Victoria Coaches or Victoria Travel. It's very hazy, as they don't have a website and there is barely any information on them, but I think they're probably defunct now. Here is a selection of the best photos I could get without trespassing:
|Believe this is a Leyland National 'Greenway', but not 100% sure. This actually has Victoria Coaches branding|
|Something else to throw into the mix - a Seaford & District coach!|
|There really was everything there... A health and wellbeing bus? I think the rest of the buses need to go on here!|
|A Wrightbus and a Dart parked up, with a well-restored Scania peeping through|
|A seemingly neglected Wilts & Dorset branded Bristol VR|
|The only modern (ish) vehicles there - three coaches, one of which is branded for Victoria Travel|
And finally, after a nice walk through Newhaven (not to offend anyone there, but it was the walk that was nice, not Newhaven :-P) It was time for another (not at all) clean, (but very) green machine at Newhaven Town!
|Newhaven Town's only PERTIS machine.|
So Newhaven is actually interesting! Don't go there for the sights, but it's got a kind of empty feel to it, which is quite nice on a sunny day. It's good for transport enthusiasts too, with two stations, three PERTIS machines (two working) and a yard full of buses!
Hope you enjoyed my review of Newhaven!