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Re: Railway Spur from Gillingham to Chatham Docks
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 21:10:05 »
See 'Chatham dockyard Railway Connection' - I posted some aerial pics
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Re: Railway Spur from Gillingham to Chatham Docks
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2017, 20:34:45 »
From the Historic Dockyard website; In 1873, the London, Chatham & Dover Railway, laid plans before Parliament to construct a standard gauge branch line connecting Chatham Dockyard with the national railway network, the estimated cost, being 57,000.
The London, Chatham & Dover Railway Company was given Royal Assent on the 15th May 1873 with the Dockyard Branch officially opening on the 16th February 1877.

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Re: Railway Spur from Gillingham to Chatham Docks
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2017, 18:57:46 »
Thanks again. I think that Old Maps have mixed 2 maps to get their "1866" 1:2500 map as the part near the Gillingham sidings does not show the branch, but it suddenly appears further north. (I have come across this 'mix and match' approach on their site before.

And thanks for the link, looks like there was discussion about giving three years to build it in 1872, so I guess it was built in the mid 1870s.
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Re: Railway Spur from Gillingham to Chatham Docks
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2017, 18:46:56 »
I do not know, the map is at www.old-maps.co.uk

Is this the thread you were looking for - http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=14241.30


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Re: Railway Spur from Gillingham to Chatham Docks
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 18:41:29 »
Is that the 1866 Town Planning Map? It's interesting that it appears on an 1866 map, but is absent on the 1869 Six Inch map.  I guess that means it was probably built in the mid 1860s, but only revised on one of the maps.
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Re: Railway Spur from Gillingham to Chatham Docks
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2017, 18:37:23 »
On the 1866 map it is shown as Dockyard Branch.

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Railway Spur from Gillingham to Chatham Docks
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2017, 18:32:04 »
I'm sure there must be something on this already on the forum, but I don't seem to be able to find it...

Does anyone know when the railway spur from close to Gillingham level crossing down to the Dockyard was built? It does not appear on the 1869 OS Map (surveyeyed 1863-5), but does appear on the 1898 revision (revised 1895-6), so I'm guessing it was built between 1865 and 1895, but can anyone narrow down the date? I'm assuming it was built to serve the Dockyard Extension built in the 1860s, but I'm not sure if it was part of the original project or a later addition.

Also, does anyone know the proper name for this spur?
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