A Bridge Too Far 28th May 2016
Yesterday we joined the UKR “A Bridge Too Far” tour. Starting from Strood I was pleased to find a copy of the new (15th May) edition of London & the South East rail services – always good for sorting yourself out when things have gone wrong. Catching the 7.02 high speed service, definitely one train early, after waiting for the 10.35 slow speed on the 17th and eventually departing on the 12.05 at 12.07 after an hour and a half of “the xx.xx train is delayed” with little further information and no trains. Anyway service bang on time this morning.
After coffee and croissant departure was on time at 8.40. A short stop at the international platform 4 at Stratford, and we were off to Gravesend platform 0, and then to one of the Church Path Pit Sidings, followed by Tunbridge Wells turnback siding, Tunbridge Jubilee sidings and Royal Mail siding, and on to a break at Faversham. Here we took to the long footbridge to view the derelict locoshed and, looking down at it, the two road workshop building seems in fair shape, but the main shed has a badly holed roof and is surrounded by vegetation.
Next we were at Sheerness-on-Sea, passing over the “Bridge Too Far” over the Swale. This lifting bridge demands the attendance of a signalman(?) at all train working hours, and was of particular interest to one of my companions and me as we had worked with the bridge builders, John Howard, for some time.
All that was remaining was another Platform 0, at Rainham, still showing no evidence of a 0 on the platform (despite receiving two trains a day, M-F), the second Church Path Pit siding and a short stop at Stratford International platform 4, and an on time arrival at St Pancras,
Altogether a very enjoyable day.