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Ashford West railway station was the terminus of the Maidstone Line from 1884 to 1898. It was built by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway. On the formation of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, passenger services were transferred to the former South Eastern Railway's Ashford station.

Ashford West
Location
Coordinates51°08′51″N 0°51′59″E / 51.1476°N 0.8663°E / 51.1476; 0.8663Coordinates: 51°08′51″N 0°51′59″E / 51.1476°N 0.8663°E / 51.1476; 0.8663
Grid referenceTR 005 426
Operations
Original companyLondon, Chatham and Dover Railway
Pre-groupingSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Platforms3
History
1 July 1884 (1884-07-01)Station opened
1 January 1899 (1899-01-01)Closed to passengers
1990sclosed for all traffic
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

HistoryEdit

The London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) extended their line from Maidstone East to Ashford, Kent in 1884.[1] From 1 January 1899, passenger services were transferred to the former South Eastern Railway (SER) station. A connection between the LCDR and SER having opened to traffic on 1 November 1891. The station was located near Ashford's cattle market,[2] and was used for cattle and sheep traffic after it had closed to passengers.[3] The platform canopies were intact in the mid 1930s,[4] but had been removed by July 1957.[5]

Facilities comprised three platforms. There was a carriage shed and an engine shed,[2] with a turntable, which was removed and installed at Deal in 1904.[4] Two signal boxes controlled the station.[6] The engine shed closed on 1 January 1899.[7] was later converted into a works for cleaning cloths used in locomotive cleaning. Over a million were processed annually, with the reclaimed oil being re-used in the lubrication of points and point rodding.[8] The station site was largely intact as late as 1985,[9] with the main station building still standing in 1994.[10] They were demolished in 1999 for the construction of HS1.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Terminus   London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Maidstone Line
  Hothfield

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1994, Historical Background.
  2. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1994, Ashford West.
  3. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1994, Illustration 117.
  4. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1994, Illustration 112.
  5. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1994, Illustration 113.
  6. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1994, Illustration 115.
  7. ^ "Ashford". Kentrail. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  8. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1994, Illustration 116.
  9. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1994, Illustration 119.
  10. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1994, Illustration 114.
Sources
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1994). Swanley to Ashford. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1 873793 45 6.