The East Kent Railway- The Line that Ran to Nowhere
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The East Kent Railway was one of Britain's less well-known light railways. A part of the Colonel Stephens group of lines, the East Kent Railway was meant to open up the newly discovered Kent coal field and help to make its shareholders wealthy. However, things took a different turn when the projected collieries along the line did not materialise the way the promoters had first envisaged. The railway operated a loss-making passenger service to Wingham and for a few years to Sandwich Road halt on the line to Richborough Port line. However, the service to Wingham Canterbury Road came to an end in October 1948, after British Railways had taken control. The East Kent Railway lasted through two world wars and was nationalised in 1948, becoming part of the Southern Region of British Railways, before closing to traffic in 1984 during the coal strike.
|Author||Scott Margan J|
|Publication Date||31 May 2021|
|Publisher||PEN & SWORD|
|Record last updated||02/07/2021|