TQ4468 : Petts Wood: Down Bickley Loop

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

Petts Wood: Down Bickley Loop
Petts Wood: Down Bickley Loop
The Up and Down Bickley Loops were constructed when the former rival London, Chatham and Dover and South Eastern Railways merged in 1899 to form the South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Previously the two railways had crossed over one another near Chislehurst, so 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 end of the Down Bickley Loop line that was built in 1902 and enabled coast-bound trains on the former London, Chatham and Dover Railways track to cross over and head southwards using the lines of the former South Eastern Railway, whose main line can be seen on the left. The Up Bickley Loop is on the far left.

At some stage the Down Bickley Loop was completely realigned, possibly to improve the geometry of the trackwork at this junction. The 1960 large scale Ordnance Survey map is interesting because it shows the original 1902 route as a dismantled railway together with the newly realigned route.

On this day engineering works were evidently in progress as both lines on the Down Bickley Loop had yellow posts attached to the track with amber flashing lights, just visible in the distance.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 26 September, 2013
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Railways 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4406 6815 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.6463N 0:4.1560E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4410 6807
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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