Hoo Junction Staff Halt
For more details on the branch to Grain and the yard itself, visit the Hoo Junction pages
Hoo Junction, located in-between Gravesend and Higham on the South Eastern Railway's North Kent Line, dates from 1882 during a period of intense rivalry between two Kent-based railway companies. The junction marked the beginning of a branch line across the Hoo Peninsula to the Isle of Grain, eventually terminating at Port Victoria. The terminus was rival to the 1876-opened Queenborough Port station of the London Chatham & Dover Railway. The Grain branch opened in two portions: Hoo Junction to Sharnal street on 1st April 1882 and Sharnal Street to Port Victoria on 11th September 1882.
A marshalling yard was opened around the junction by the Southern Railway on 20th February 1928, but it was not until 1956 that the staff halt emerged. The halt comprised of two short staggered platforms, the ''up'' and ''down'' sides east and west of the junction respectively, each having their own waiting shelter. Both platforms were of concrete construction, resting upon cast supports, but the design of the shelters differed considerably. Whilst that on the ''down'' side appears to be of concrete construction, the ''up'' side shelter is instead of timber construction, with overlapping panels. Throughout the 1970s, the Staff Halt had an hourly service each way, marked on the passenger timetable as ''for staff purposes only''.
The original ''down'' platform of the Staff Halt, complete with name board and shelter, is seen on
2nd March 2003. David Glasspool
This is the lesser-seen ''up'' platform, viewed on 25th February 2006. Note that compared to the
''down'' platform, the shelter here is very different in appearance, being approximately half the
size. It is of overlapping timber construction; what the SER would call ''clapboard''. David Glasspool
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