TQ4468 : Petts Wood: Up Chislehurst Loop (2)

taken 4 years ago, near to Petts Wood, Bromley, Great Britain

Petts Wood: Up Chislehurst Loop (2)
Petts Wood: Up Chislehurst Loop (2)
Here's a rarity - a single track electrified railway line running through woodland within 20 kilometres of Charing Cross station.

How did this come about? Prior to 1899 the rival London, Chatham and Dover and South Eastern Railways crossed over one another near Chislehurst, but in that year they merged to form the South Eastern and Chatham Railway. The newly merged railway rapidly built a junction between the two lines, enabling London-bound and coast-bound trains to cross over from one constituent railway to the other. This is the Up Chislehurst Loop line that was built in 1904 and enabled London-bound trains on the former London, Chatham and Dover Railways track to cross over and head for Victoria station, the terminus of the South Eastern Railway. This is the view looking back towards St Mary Cray Junction with a train on the Chatham Main Line just visible at the end of the straight.

The railway was built here through Great Thrift Wood.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 26 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4434 6843 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.7930N 0:4.4041E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4423 6845
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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