Chatham Main Line


Chatham Main Line
Chatham Main Line
Overview
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
South East England
Termini London Victoria
Ramsgate
Dover Priory
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southeastern
Rolling stock Class 375 "Electrostar"
Class 395 "Javelin"
Class 465 "Networker"
Class 466 "Networker"
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 750 V DC third rail
Operating speed 90 mph (140 km/h)
[v · d · e]Chatham Main Line
Legend
Interchange head Interchange head
London Victoria London Underground
for Circle Line,
Junction both to and from left Junction both to and from right
District Line and
Victoria Line
Straight track Junction to left Track turning from right
Victoria Coach Station
Grosvenor Bridge
Unknown BSicon "eHST" Unknown BSicon "eHST" Non-passenger end station
Grosvenor Road
River Thames
Bridge over water Bridge over water
Carriage sidings
Battersea Park
Stop on track Junction to left Track turning from right
Victoria branch
Brighton Main Line
Continuation to left Track turning right Straight track Straight track
and South London Lines
SWML
Continuation to left Transverse track Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Continuation to right
to London Waterloo
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Track turning right
West London Line
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Junction from right
BML London Victoria branch
Factory Junction
Junction to left Junction from right Continuation backward
Straight track Junction from left Track turning right
Connecting chord to SWML
Inner South London Line
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Junction from right
Stewarts Lane TMD
Non-passenger end station Stop on track
Wandsworth Road
Stop on track
Clapham High Street
Unknown BSicon "ÜWc2" Unknown BSicon "ÜWor"
Inner South London Line
Track turning from left
Unknown BSicon "ÜWo+l" + Unknown BSicon "ÜW+l"
Unknown BSicon "ÜWc4"
and Catford Loop Line
Straight track Junction to left Track turning from right
Straight track Station on track Straight track
Brixton London Underground
Track turning left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Junction from right
Straight track Unknown BSicon "eHST"
East Brixton
Straight track Junction to left Track turning from right
Thameslink line
Junction from left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Unknown BSicon "ABZdl" Continuation to right
to Blackfriars and the north
Herne Hill
Station on track Track turning left Junction from right
Sutton Loop Line
Continuation to left Junction to right Stop on track
Denmark Hill
from East Dulwich
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Track turning from right Straight track
from Streatham
Straight track Junction from left Junction to right
Straight track Stop on track Stop on track
Peckham Rye
West Dulwich
Stop on track Track turning left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Continuation to right
to London Bridge
Straight track Stop on track
Nunhead
Sydenham Hill
Stop on track Junction to left Continuation to right
Nunhead to Lewisham link
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTRrg" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
Sydenham Hill Tunnel
Enter and exit tunnel Unknown BSicon "exCONTf" Straight track
to Crystal Palace
2,200 yards (2,000 m)
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Transverse abbreviated in this map Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Continuation to right
Brighton Main Line
Straight track Straight track
(London Bridge branch)
Penge East
Stop on track Stop on track
Crofton Park
Kent House
Stop on track Stop on track
Catford
Crystal Palace Line
Continuation to left Junction from right Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Continuation to right
to London Bridge and
Hayes Line
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Junction to right Straight track
other London termini
Limited Service curve
Junction from left Track turning right Stop on track
Bellingham
Beckenham Junction Tramlink
Interchange on track Stop on track
Beckenham Hill
Straight track Stop on track
Ravensbourne
Catford Loop Line
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Transverse track Junction to right
Shortlands Junction
Straight track Junction from left Transverse track Track turning right
Track turning left
Unknown BSicon "ÜWl" + Unknown BSicon "ÜWol"
Unknown BSicon "ÜWc3"
Unknown BSicon "ÜWc1" Unknown BSicon "ÜWo+r"
Stop on track
Shortlands
Station on track
Bromley South
Bickley
Stop on track Track turning from left Continuation to right
to London Bridge and
Track turning from left Junction to right Straight track
other London termini
Chislehurst Junction
Junction from left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Junction to right
South Eastern Main Line
from Orpington
Continuation to left Track turning right Junction from left Track turning right
and Tonbridge
Stop on track
St Mary Cray
River Cray
Bridge over water
Stop on track
Swanley
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Swanley Junction
Ashford to Swanley Line
Continuation to left Junction to right
M25
Unknown BSicon "AKRZ-UKu"
Stop on track
Farningham Road
River Darent
Bridge over water
to High Speed 1 and
Fawkham Junction
Junction to left Continuation to right
former Gravesend
Longfield
Stop on track
West Branch
Meopham
Stop on track
Stop on track
Sole Street
Continuation to left Transverse track Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Transverse track Continuation to right
High Speed 1
M2
Unknown BSicon "AKRZ-UKu" Continuation backward
North Kent Line
Medway Valley Line to
Straight track Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "xABZrf"
towards London
Maidstone
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZo" Junction to right Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Rochester Bridge
Unknown BSicon "eHST" Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
LCDR Strood
North Kent Junction
Junction from left Track turning right Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Bridge over water Unknown BSicon "exWBRÜCKE"
River Medway
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exKDSTa" Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Rochester Docks
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf" Unknown BSicon "exHST"
Rochester Common
Rochester
Station on track Unknown BSicon "exKBHFe"
Chatham Central
Enter and exit tunnel
Fort Pitt Tunnel (428 yds)
Station on track
Chatham
Enter and exit short tunnel
Chatham Tunnel(297 yds)
Enter and exit short tunnel
Gillingham Tunnel
Station on track
Gillingham
Junction from left Continuation to right
to Chatham Dockyard
Gillingham Depot
Non-passenger head station Straight track
Track turning left Junction from right
Station on track
Rainham
Stop on track
Newington
Junction both to and from left Continuation to right
Sheerness Line
Station on track
Sittingbourne
Stop on track
Teynham
Station on track
Faversham
Ramsgate and
Track turning from left Transverse track Unknown BSicon "ABZrl" Track turning from right
Dover branches diverge
Straight track Stop on track
Whitstable
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTRrg" Unknown BSicon "eKRZu" Unknown BSicon "exCONTl"
Canterbury & Whitstable Railway
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exCONTf" Stop on track
Chestfield & Swalecliffe
Straight track Stop on track
Herne Bay
Straight track Stop on track
Birchington-on-Sea
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exKDSTl" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
RAF Manston
Straight track Stop on track
Westgate-on-Sea
Straight track Station on track
Margate
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTRrg" Unknown BSicon "exABZq+r" Unknown BSicon "eKRZo" Unknown BSicon "exKBHFr"
SER Margate Sands
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "exSTRlf" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Margate East
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Stop on track
Broadstairs
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "xABZrf"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Straight track Unknown BSicon "exTUNNEL1"
Ramsgate Harbour Tunnel
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Straight track Unknown BSicon "exKBHFe"
Ramsgate Harbour
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Stop on track
Dumpton Park
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exABZlf" Unknown BSicon "eKRZ" Unknown BSicon "exABZq+l" Unknown BSicon "exKBHFr"
SER Ramsgate Town
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "vSTRa" Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Ramsgate Depot
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "vDST-BHF" Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Ramsgate
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTR" Unknown BSicon "vSTRe" Unknown BSicon "exSTR"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exSTRlf" Unknown BSicon "eABZdg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Straight track Unknown BSicon "eHST"
St Lawrence for Pegwell Bay
Straight track Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Ebbsfleet and Cliffsend Halt
Straight track Track turning from left Junction both to and from right
Ashford to Ramsgate
Straight track Straight track Straight track
(via Canterbury West) line
Selling
Stop on track Abbreviated in this map Straight track
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf" Abbreviated in this map
Kent Coast Line
Unknown BSicon "ÜWol" Unknown BSicon "ÜWur"
Unknown BSicon "ÜWu+l" Unknown BSicon "ÜWo+r"
to Ashford
Continuation forward Station on track
Canterbury East
Stop on track
Bekesbourne
Stop on track
Adisham
Stop on track
Aylesham
Stop on track
Snowdown
Junction to left Continuation to right
East Kent Railway
Stop on track
Shepherds Well
Enter and exit tunnel
Shepherd's Well Tunnel
Stonehall and Lydden Halt
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
2376 yd (2138 m)
Kearsney
Stop on track Abbreviated in this map
Kent Coast Line
Unknown BSicon "ABZgxl+l" Track turning right
Enter and exit tunnel
to Ramsgate
Station on track
Dover Priory
Enter and exit tunnel
Dover Harbour Tunnel
Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Dover Harbour
Mileage Change
Unknown BSicon "KMW"
77m76ch (Victoria)
Hawkesbury Street Jn
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exSTRlg"
76m50ch (Charing Cross)
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exABZlf" Pier
Connection to Train Ferry
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exABZfg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRlg"
Dover Town
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exBHF" Unknown BSicon "exBHF"
Admiralty Pier
Archcliffe Jn
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf" Unknown BSicon "exKBHFe"
Dover Marine
South Eastern Main Line
Continuation forward


The Chatham Main Line is a British railway line that runs from either London Victoria to Dover Priory / Ramsgate or London St Pancras to Faversham, with both services travelling via Medway (of which Chatham is part, hence the name). Some trains on the service also run from Bedford via London Blackfriars (connecting at Bromley).

Services to Cannon Street follow the route as far as Chislehurst Junction where they diverge onto the Chislehurst line.

Services to Charing Cross as well as some slow Cannon Street services run in parallel from Gillingham to Rochester, diverging once across the River Medway at Rochester Bridge Junction onto the North Kent Line via Gravesend and Dartford.

A shuttle service operates on the Sheerness Line which starts at Sittingbourne.

Heading away from Victoria, between Farningham Road and Longfield Stations, the line which was used by Eurostars running from Waterloo International towards Southfleet Junction to pick up High Speed 1 still exists but is no longer used. This line is reserved for emergency use only by Class 395 Javelins travelling to/from Ashford International. As the Eurostars have had their 750V shoes removed, they can no longer use this line.

Contents

Services

Most services on the Line are run by Southeastern, part of Govia Group.

While traveling towards London Victoria, after Bromley South, the trains can either travel on the main line, through Beckenham Junction, Herne Hill and Brixton, or can divert via the Catford Loop Line, coming away from the main line at Shortlands Junction, travelling through Catford and Peckham Rye, and then just past Brixton it either picks up the Southeastern line all the way, or can follow the Southern (Atlantic) Line through Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road Stations, before crossing back over to the Southeastern Line to Victoria Station.

Since a major timetable change in December 2009, the typical Off-Peak services on this line are as follows.

Services currently consist of either stopping or semi-fast trains, one traveling from Ramsgate and the other from Dover Priory where the 2 trains would then normally join together at Faversham. They will then stop at either Teynham or Newington on an alternating half hourly service, but will include Sittingbourne in between these stations. Then Rainham , Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Meopham, Longfield, and Bromley South then non-stop to London Victoria. This operates as a half hourly service.

An hourly service starts from Gillingham (which used to be a half hourly service from Faversham), stopping all stations to St Mary Cray, then Bromley South and London Victoria only. Stations prior to Farningham Road (as coming from London Victoria) are served by stoppers on the Swanley to Ashford (via Maidstone East) Line.

The introduction of the Class 395 Javelins, coinciding with the opening of a link to High Speed 1 in December 2009 has seen the addition of a half hourly service departing from Faversham calling at Sittingbourne, Rainham, Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Strood and Gravesend, then across to Ebbsfleet International via a dedicated line, before dropping onto High Speed 1, finally calling at Stratford International, and London St Pancras. There is no First Class service on this train, and between Faversham and Gravesend, this is treated as a domestic service, which means you can travel with a standard (Non High Speed) ticket, but if you want to travel to Ebbsfleet Intl, Stratford Intl, or St Pancras Intl, you will have to pay a premium fare or purchase a supplemental ticket either on the train heading towards St Pancras, or from one of the High Speed Stations for the return leg of the journey.

There is a suburban service which runs on the majority of this line, departing from Victoria, calling at Brixton, Herne Hill, West Dulwich, Sydenham Hill, Penge East, Kent House, Beckenham Junction (for the Croydon Tramlink), Shortlands, Bromley South, and Bickley. It then switches to the South Eastern Main Line at Chislehurst Junction where it calls at Petts Wood, terminating at Orpington

History

The line was built by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, who were in competition with the South Eastern Railway (hence the duplication of stations in Kent). They subsequently built lines to Sevenoaks and Ashford (via Maidstone) from the Chatham Main Line.

The line was electrified (750v DC third rail) in a series of stages. Initially the new Southern Railway electrified the urban (within London) workings of the SECR in the 1920s. In July 1925 "South Eastern Electrification (Stage 1)" saw the line from Victoria to junction with the South Eastern Main line at Bickley, including the Catford Loop Line electrified.[1] This was extend to outer suburban workings to Sevenoaks via Swanley (Bickley junction to Swanley) in two stages, reaching St Mary Cray in May 1934[1] and Swanley in January 1935.[1] Full outer suburban electrification was achieved with the "Maidstone & Gillingham Electrification" scheme in July 1939, extending electrification from Swanley to Gillingham.[1] Post war, under the BR's 1955 Modernisation plan, electrification was completed (Gillingham to Ramsgate and Dover) under "Kent Coast Electrification" stage 1 in 1959.[1] At the same time the four track section between Shortlands and St Mary Cray junction was extended to Swanley Junction with a complete rebuilding of the St Mary Cray Junction. Two passing loops were added (to create a four-track section) between Rainham and Newington.

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