Queenborough Pier railway station

Queenborough Pier railway station was a railway station opened by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway in 1863. Initially serving for freight, it was extended in 1876 and opened for passengers. The passenger service ceased in 1914, due to World War I, although Admiralty passenger traffic continued to use the station. Attempts to reintroduce a passenger service post-WWI were unsuccessful. The station continued to serve freight traffic until the mid-1950s.

Queenborough Pier
General information
LocationQueenborough, Kent
Coordinates51°25′25″N 0°44′03″E / 51.4237°N 0.7341°E / 51.4237; 0.7341Coordinates: 51°25′25″N 0°44′03″E / 51.4237°N 0.7341°E / 51.4237; 0.7341
Grid referenceTQ 902 709
Other information
Original companyLondon, Chatham and Dover Railway
Pre-groupingSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
1863Opened to freight
15 May 1876Opened to passengers
November 1914Closed to passengers
22 December 1922Reopened to passengers
1 March 1923Closed to passengers
1956Closed to freight
1956Station demolished


Queenborough Pier station was opened by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) c.1863. Initially, it served freight traffic.[1] In 1876, the station was rebuilt and the pier was extended, opening to passengers on 15 May. The Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ) operated a service from Queenborough to Vlissingen, Netherlands.[2][3] SMZ had been operating from Ramsgate,[4] and had trialled a service from Sheerness in the summer of 1875.

On 19 May 1882, a fire occurred which closed the pier for three weeks.[2] The fire killed two LCDR porters. Two people were trapped on the pier and dived into the water. They were rescued by the SMZ steamship Prins Hendrik. Twenty wagons were destroyed,[5] as was the schooner Constance, which was aground alongside the pier.[6][7]

SMZ transferred their services to Dover.[4] The pier was rebuilt at a cost of £100,000.[8]

A mail service to Germany operated from 1887.[2] On 13 May 1896, a boat train collided with the buffer stop at the station. Seven people were injured.[9]

The Sheerness line was closed to traffic between 5 and 11 February 1899 following flooding and to enable inspection of the Kingsferry Bridge. SMZ transferred their services to Port Victoria and the LCDR laid on a steamship service between Chatham and Queenborough Pier during this time.[10] Another fire on 17 July 1900 resulted in the pier being closed.[2] The fire was fought by 60 sailors sent from Sheerness Dockyard, a fireboat and HMS Asp, also sent from Sheerness. The Sheerness Dockyard Police Fire Brigade and the Sheerness Urban District Council Fire Brigade also assisted. The sailing barge Lena was slightly damaged, but was towed to safety the Admiralty tug Sheerness. The SMZ steamship Koningen Regentes was able to move to safety under her own steam.[8] Shipping was transferred to Port Victoria.[4] Services resumed from Queenborough on 1 November.[11]

Passenger services were withdrawn in November 1914,[4] due to World War I, but the station was used by military traffic.[12] An attempt to reintroduce passenger services post-WWI was unsuccessful, only operating between 22 December 1922 and 1 March 1923.[13] SMZ operated from Queenborough Pier until 1927, when services were transferred to Harwich, Essex.[3] The station had two signal boxes.[14] Queenborough Signal Box closed on 25 May 1934.[12] The station was used by the Admiralty during World War II.[15] Whiteway Crossing Signal Box closed on 15 December 1946,[14] and the branch was then worked as a siding. The station closed and was demolished in 1956.[13]

As of 1993 the branch was open as far as Whiteway.[14]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Terminus   British Railways
Southern Region

Sheerness line


  1. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1993, Historical Background.
  2. ^ a b c d Mitchell & Smith 1993, Illustration 68.
  3. ^ a b "Zeeland". Simplon. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Queenborough". Kentrail. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Queenborough Pier". The Times. No. 30513. London. 22 May 1882. col E, p. 9.
  6. ^ "Queenborough Pier Destroyed by fire". Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough. No. 4656. Middlesbrough. 20 May 1882. p. 3.
  7. ^ "The Burning of Queenborough Pier". Lloyd's Illustrated Newspaper. No. 2061. London. 21 May 1882.
  8. ^ a b "Fire at Queenborough Pier". The Times. No. 36199. London. 20 July 1900. col E, p. 1.
  9. ^ "The Accident at Queenborough Pier Station". The Times. No. 34916. London. 13 June 1896. col B, p. 8.
  10. ^ "Sheerness Railway". The Times. No. 35739. London. 30 January 1899. col A, p. 6.
  11. ^ "Queensborough Route to the Continent". Morning Post. No. 40040. London. 1 October 1900. p. 5.
  12. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1993, Illustration 69.
  13. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1993, Illustration 72.
  14. ^ a b c Mitchell & Smith 1993, Map XIV.
  15. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1993, Illustration 71.
  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1993). Branch Lines Around Sheerness. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 1-873-793-16-2.