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South Eastern Railway

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South Eastern Railway

This line is open. It's original route was from Reigate Junction (Redhill on the London and Brighton Railway) to Folkestone and Dover.

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Opened 1842


Clickable map of the South Eastern Railway.



Further lines;
1845 Tunbridge Wells
1846 Ramsgate and Margate
1847 Deal
1849 Gravesend
1851 Hastings
1856 Maidstone via Strood
1858 Reading - unprofitable
1864 Charing Cross opened
1866 Canon Street opened
1866 Sir Edward Watkin (of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, later the Great Central Railway) becomes chairman.
1868 Direct Tonbridge line opened
North Kent line - taking over 1844 Gravesend and Rochester Railway
1894 Sir Edward Watkin ceases to be chairman.
1899 Joint management with the London Chatham and Dover Ralway, the biggest competitor, starts as the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.
1923 Grouped into the Southern Railway
1948 Becomes part of British Railways.

Description of route 


From Reigate Junction to Folkestone and Dover. The London and Brighton Railway was required (by Government) to sell its Reigate Junction to Stoats Nest (Coulsdon) section. The joint line met the London and Croydon Railway at Stoats Nest and the three ran on together to the London and Greenwich Railway at Bermondsey where they all ran on to London Bridge.

Page created on 12/04/2000
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford