MID KENT RAILWAY - LEWISHAM TO FARNBOROUGH - 1852


  

This proposal of 1852 had at its start the newly built railway from London to Dartford via Lewisham.  The line would branch off of this at Lewisham and then head south passing to the east of Beckenham, through Bromley at about the location of the future station at Bromley South, and then head parallel to the main turnpike road but somewhat east of it.
 

It would then have continued through Crofton, and to the east of the centre of Farnborough Village to terminate at the point just before Green Street Green is reached where Shire Lane then crossed Farnborough Hill.

 

At about this time the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway gained approval to build their line from Crystal Palace to Beckenham, and then onward to Farnborough. As a consequence the route of the Mid Kent line was change to run from Lewisham to Beckenham to meet the other line, with the intention to then share the West End of London line through to Farnborough. But in fact the line from Beckehnam to Farnborough was never built.

The Mid Kent line to Beckenham was completed in 1857 and operated by the South Eastern Railway. The intention was to extend this towards Croydon, but that never happened. However extensions were built to Addiscombe, and to Hayes via West Wickham. The Addiscombe branch is now part of Croydon Tramlink. The Hayes branch is still in operation.

The Mid Kent Railway Company was also instrumental in building the four mile connection from Shortlands to St. Mary Cray that became part of the London Chatham and Dover main line see Development of the Main Lines

The remaining interests of the company were absorbed into the South Eastern Railway in August 1866.

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