Kent Rail

 This website was last updated on 22nd February 2015



Welcome to Kent Rail. This website aims to look at the railways of Kent and the general South Eastern Division from a historical perspective, mainly concentrating on the development of infrastructure (stations and actual routes), locomotives and rolling stock in the region. Where possible, period pictures will be included, but naturally, most content on the website at time of typing dates from more recent times. History of the motive power which has served the lines of the South Eastern Division is included where possible, with the steam traction section still very much in its infancy. This website is neither a definitive guide nor a highly detailed encyclopaedia, but will hopefully develop into a useful source of information. The website is historically-focused rather than technically geared, but the latter is most certainly included in its fundamental form within sections which it is deemed necessary. Some pictures on here are better in quality than others, but they all contribute to giving a good impression of the Kent railway scene. There is still plenty more detail and information to add to existing sections, something which will be done when it is unearthed. I hope you enjoy browsing through this website as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. David Glasspool



Kent & South Eastern Division Infrastructure Index

Pictures and information of railway infrastructure which is located within Kent and the South Eastern Division



Channel Tunnel Infrastructure Index

An index concentrating on the infrastructure related to the Channel Tunnel

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Crossrail Infrastructure Index

An index concentrating on the infrastructure related to Crossrail



Kent & South Eastern Division Motive Power Index

Pictures and information of those types which have run on Kent and South Eastern Division metals



Weekend Engineering Diversions

Saturday 18th October 2014: Victoria to Ramsgate and Dover Priory services via Sidcup



London Bridge Rebuilding Works

A look at the progress being made at London Bridge in connection with the Thameslink Programme



Kent Rail on Twitter
For those who use Twitter, website updates can also be tracked through this new feed



South Eastern Division Maps


A Map of Kent & the South Eastern Division

Including parts of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway and the Central Division


A Map of the South Eastern Division's London Suburbs

Including part of the Central Division


A Map of the North Kent Line: Dartford to Gravesend Central

Including industrial lines, the CTRL, and part of the Gravesend West branch


A Map of the Medway Valley Line: Strood to Paddock Wood

Including part of the Maidstone East Line, the CTRL, and the ''Chatham'' main line


A Map of the Isle of Sheppey & the Hoo Peninsula

Including sections of the North Kent & Medway Valley Lines, the CTRL, and the LT&SR



VSOE British Pullman: Fleet Review

Historical coverage of those carriages operated as part of the VSOE British Pullman fleet, Stewarts Lane





London & Greenwich Railway 150th Anniversary

Photographs and information on this special event on 23rd & 24th August 1986, organised by British Rail's Southern Region, featuring stock of the newly-formed Network SouthEast sector and locomotives provided by Railfreight, in addition to traction of preservation groups.


 London Bridge Station Exhibition 1988

Photographs and information on this special event organised by the Network SouthEast Business Sector over 27th & 28th August 1988, with help and assistance from British Rail's Southern Region and the TrainLoad freight sectors.


Margate Gala 1988

Photographs and information of this special event organised by the Network SouthEast Business Sector during September 1988, featuring preserved EMU stock and a ''Deltic'' diesel.


Network's Easter Parade 1991

Photographs and information on this special event at London Bridge Station, organised by Network SouthEast and the Southern Electric Group over 30th & 31st March 1991, with help and assistance from British Rail's Southern Region (then soon to be disbanded) and the TrainLoad freight sectors.




A variety of articles ranging from Kent railway topics to those outside of the website's usual scope



''Up'' Side: Serving trains heading in the London direction

''Down'' Side: Serving trains heading away from London



The Webmaster of this site is David Glasspool. Please forward any comments to David

Website written and compiled by David Glasspool, with invaluable assistance from Mike Glasspool 



Thank you to the following who have very kindly submitted information/material for use on the website:


Shane Bailey; Bryan Benn; Tom Burnham; Darren Cafferty; Derek Chard; Edward Clarkson; John Creed; Ian Dudley; Colin Duff; Peter Dunne; Raymond Fuell; Peter Gibbons; Kevin Gibson; Roger Goodrum; Paul Gould; Peter Greenhow; Keith Gunner; Ted Hamer; Chris Hicks; John Horton; Dave Humphries; Andre Kent; Stuart Marshall; Colin Martin; Alan Mitchell; David Morgan; Phil Nicholson; Tony Parker; Graham Powell; Colin Relf; Treflyn Lloyd-Roberts; Clive Standen; David Walsh; Wayne Walsh; Mike Welch



Disclaimer: All information on these pages has been provided in good faith. However, I cannot be held responsible for any information which is inaccurate or out of date. Information may be controversial or offensive to yourself and others.


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