English seaside: railway along the coast

This photograph is one of several I took during a trip I made along England’s south east coast in the early 1980s. I look at these images now and they seem to have a quality that places them in an era long before their time. They seemed quirky and humorous at the time, I remember, but I now find there’s something quietly tragic about them (this one being an exception). I can hardly bring myself to look at them and I’m not entirely sure why.

Reflection in puddle