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From the Sussex Advertiser, 10th September 1844


Mr Rastrick's assistant engineers have been engaged, in the course of the last fortnight, in going over the two lines of railway in this County, for which Acts were obtained last session. On Saturday week they had finished operations on the Brighton and Chichester railway, having set out the line and its curves, so that everything is in readiness for the commencement of the works, In the following week they commenced setting out the Brighton, Lewes and Hastings line and curves, for the contractors; and on Thursday last had completed the distance between Brighton and Glynde, including the branch from Ham Fields station at the Cliffe. This week, we understand, the remainder of the line from Glynde to Hastings will be set out. As the whole of the contracts on the Lewes line are taken, it is intended to proceed with it first – and in a week or ten days labourers will commence operations. Our Hastings friends, we are glad to perceive, are about to celebrate an event so auspicious, not only to their interests but to those of the entire county, as the commencement of this undertaking by a public dinner.

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