TQ5846 : Tonbridge station

taken 4 years ago, near to Tonbridge, Kent, Great Britain

Tonbridge station
Tonbridge station
The South Eastern Railway first reached Tonbridge (then known as Tunbridge) in May 1842. The site of the original station was on the east side of the road bridge over the railway, opposite its current location to the west of the bridge. At the time, the line ran to London Bridge via Redhill. It served as a temporary terminus until December 1842, when the line reached Ashford. On 20th September 1845, a branch to Tunbridge Wells opened and the station was renamed Tunbridge Junction. The opening of the cut-off line via Chislehurst and Orpington on 2nd March 1868 prompted a rebuild of the station, and in 1864 it was rebuilt on its current site with four platforms. The original station was demolished in 1865.
In May 1893, the station changed its name to Tonbridge Junction, following the change in the town's name to avoid confusion with Tunbridge Wells, and was renamed Tonbridge in July 1929.
All trains now stop at Tonbridge so the two through tracks in the centre are rarely used but from 1994 until 2003 Eurostars ran through Tonbridge to and from the Channel Tunnel and used these through tracks. This view from the down platform looks towards Tunbridge Wells and Ashford International.
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Date Taken
Friday, 20 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5878 4602 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.4810N 0:16.2505E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5873 4604
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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