'Sir John Betjeman' now arrived at Pier Head station, Southend Pier Railway, on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 2019. Southend-on-Sea is the largest town in Essex although it is not really 'on sea' at all but on that part of the Thames Estuary where it widens out to meet the North Sea at Shoeburyness. It was the Directors of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway, which arrived in the town in 1856, that added the 'on Sea' suffix in an attempt to encourage day trippers to visit the town by train, not to mention bringing in extra revenue to the railway which was probably the first thing the Directors had in mind.
Location: Southend Pier [Pier Head]
Company: Southend Pier Railway
Photographer: David Bosher
Contact photographer: David Bosher
Image number: 71269