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Groombridge Station

Groombridge Station – Midway along the Spa Valley Railway
Groombridge is our principal intermediate station and you can alight here to visit this historic village. It is also possible to walk to Harrisons Rocks where you can see the trains passing by on days we're operating to Eridge, and if cycling, to get to the Forest Way (national cycle route 21).

We share the original station building with Withyham Parish Council and, with thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, we have recreated the ticket office and reinstated the original entrance onto the platform. We recommend parking at our other stations and arriving in Groombridge by train as there is very limited parking outside the station, however if you do arrive by car there is a free public car park in the village centre, just opposite the Post Office which is approximately 150yds from the station.

There are two excellent pubs in the village; The Junction Inn (where you can get 10% off their menu when you present a Spa Valley Railway train ticket) and the Crown, as well as a free playground. At weekends Groombridge Cricket Club are often in action at their adjacent Station Road ground. By taking a walk into the historic village you can see the church of St Thomas too.

Our platform is well known as being one of the sunniest spots on the railway and an ideal place to stop to have a picnic. On all operating days we open a small refreshment kiosk selling hot & cold drinks, snacks and ice creams which can be found on the station platform.

For the enthusiasts we have a very well stocked stall of second hand railway books, all individually priced at the lower end of equivalent internet prices. It's well worth a stop to browse through and find what you want without waiting or paying for postage.

Groombridge Station has its own signal box and old-fashioned semaphore signals controlling the passing loop. Built entirely by volunteers and housing the old lever frame from the old Birchden Junction signal box (previously a mile down the line towards Eridge where our railway meets Network Rail). This became operational in August 2014, and now controls movements through the station when two or more trains are running or when services terminate at Groombridge.

If anyone reading this is a Signalling Engineer with experience of design and installation that can spare sometime to help with the completion of our project at Groombridge we'd be delighted to hear from you.

On Green and Purple timetable days all trains stop at Groombridge.

Specialist Railway Books for Sale from Groombridge Station
Over the past few years one of our members at Groombridge has been developing and cataloguing an impressive collection of railway books, donated by members and other supporters.

Our keen pricing policy has drawn favourable comments from customers and has resulted in return visits for more books, with sales to visitors raising very worthwhile funds to help us with the costs of maintaining the station.  

Please note that not all books are on display at Groombridge. A full stock list can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

To reserve a book or for more information send an email to

Please note, we are not offering a mail order service but will do our best to reserve a particular book for purchase and collection from Groombridge Station on running days.  

We look forward to your enquiry and hope that we can supply that elusive book that you are looking for.

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