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Blog Last Updated 28th January 2023 :

Added : Along The Railway Line | South East Mainline | Grove Park Railway Station

Latest Vlog uploaded 28th January 2023 – Sevenoaks Railway Station | Along The Railway Line | Darent Valley Line

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Along The Railway Line | South East Mainline | Grove Park Railway Station

Opened in 1871 by the South East Railway Company, it was actually provided at this location as a land owner requested it.  A station building was put on the London bound side and it had an ornate canopy across the platforms. The station became a junction in 1878 when the Bromley branch line came into…

Along The Railway Line | South East Mainline | Elmstead Woods Railway Station

Opened in 1904 as just Elmstead, the station was actually quite large considering that even from the outset not many stopping services would be provided.  The four track section would enter two separate tunnels on the London bound direction at the end of the platforms. The station building on the coastbound side is very good…

Hollingbourne Railway Station | Along the railway line | Kent Downs Line

I visited this railway station for the first time in March 2022, and at that time it seemed that the building was undergoing some demolition within. I subsequently found out that this was part of a regeneration project, which was to create a community hub. Fast forward to January 2023, and I attended an open…

Along The Railway Line | South East Mainline | Chislehurst Railway Station

The original station was opened some 800 yards away from the current site in 1865, as Chislehurst and Bickley Park. A cut off line to Tonbridge opened in 1868, and this meant the station was re-located to its current location in the same year. Five London bound sidings were to be found here, controlled by…

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