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.
I timed my arrival right as a Dover bound service shortly arrived.
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
And a tunnel at the Dover end
Crossing over to the London platform we find a small waiting shelter
I never realised just how hilly this part of Kent is, emphasized by this shot taken with the telephoto lens towards the London end
And might it be the dream of the EKR to one day have a mainline connection?
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.
Time to go back to the EKR, but in the station forecourt a celebration of the area’s industrial heritage
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.
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!
On arrival at Eythorne another wander round found a nice MG in the station car park
Back to the station and a shot of the signalbox at Eyethorne
Ready to leave Eythorne
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
And last but not least a Trolley bus undergoing restoration (I did say it was a mixed bag!).
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.