Railway, Railway days

East Kent Railway Part 2

I mentioned in part 1 I took a trip to Eythorne and back on the Thumper 1101. Arriving back at Shepherdswell I decided to wander up the road and have a look at the adjacent BR station which is operated by the South Eastern Train Operating Company.

Working down the approach road to the station I was met with a quaint building of I would assume London Chatham & Dover design? Being no expert I assume that is the company with Dover not being far away.

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I timed my arrival right as a Dover bound service shortly arrived.

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Consulting the timetable shows that there is an hourly service on a Sunday to both Dover and London. I could have come down by train (to sample the beer) but decided against as I would of have to get to Bromley South and pick up the train from there (maybe another time). The Dover service left and the station returned to its Kentish slumber – time to go further exploring. There is a footbridge

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And a tunnel at the Dover end

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Crossing over to the London platform we find a small waiting shelter

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I never realised just how hilly this part of Kent is, emphasized by this shot taken with the telephoto lens towards the London end  

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And might it be the dream of the EKR to one day have a mainline connection?

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And finally dear reader you may of noticed one hidden gem – the old signal box still standing, I assume no longer used but in good nick never the less.

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Time to go back to the EKR, but in the station forecourt a celebration of the area’s industrial heritage

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So back to the EKR for a ride in an old EMU. You might ask how is this possible? The unit was sandwiched between two diesel shunters, class 09’s if I am not mistaken – the 09 was specially geared for running on the Southern having a higher top speed of between 27 & 29mph and having brake pipes compatible for working with emu stock at high level.

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So with a shunter each end we left for Eythorne. The emu has been nicely restored but I am pretty sure the fine was never £25 oh inflation!

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On arrival at Eythorne another wander round found a nice MG in the station car park

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Back to the station and a shot of the signalbox at Eyethorne

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Ready to leave Eythorne

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Back to Shepherdswell and one last look round (via the beer tent where I did manage to get a bottle of Old Thumper and a glass to put it in).

Ooh I found a steam engine

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And last but not least a Trolley bus undergoing restoration (I did say it was a mixed bag!).

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Rumour has it they are going to put a dynamo inside and run her.

So that was the East Kent Railway. A very enjoyable day and a trip down memory lane.

Thanks for reading.

 

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