Bodiam Station, our present terminus, is a classic light railway station as realised by Holman Fred Stephens.
It has the simplest layout; a run round loop which was mostly used in earlier days as a siding, and one siding (now two) which terminates at a cattle dock.
The building is the same size as Northiam and has been restored to virtually its 1900 condition.
It has a small Waiting and Booking area and a larger goods office. At the end of the building is a small lean-to (now a staff kitchen) that housed an acetylene gas production plant to light the few lamps on the station. The station lighting has now been discreetly modernised with electricity and exact reproductions of the original lamps.
This station was until 40 years ago completely surrounded by hopfields owned by Guinness and the station was busy serving this industry and transporting Hop-pickers in season. Today it is even busier bringing passengers to the historic castle.
In the siding at the rear of the platform, you'll usually find the Cavell Van. This vehicle gained significance when it was used to transport the bodies of Nurse Edith Cavell and subsequently that of The Unknown Warrior for internment in Westminster Abbey. The van contains a fitting tribute to the sacrifices made and is well worth visiting. As an item of national significance, it is occasionally loaned to other organisations - please contact us (call 01580 765155 or email) in advance should you intend making a special visit to the van. Please note that, due to the historic nature of the Cavell Van, it is not accessible to wheelchair users.
The Cavell Vanwill be on display at Folkestone Harbour Arm (the former Folkestone Harbour Station) from Friday 12th October to Sunday 28th October from 10 am till 4 pm every day. The van will therefore NOT be available for viewing at Bodiam Station.
An image by Lewis J Brockway, Bodiam Village from The Station May 2012