Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) Line
|Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line|
The Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) Line,
shown with other railway lines in Kent.
South East England
|Rolling stock||Class 375 "Electrostar"|
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (April 2015)|
The line is electrified (750v DC third rail).
Services are operated by Southeastern.
Upon the merging of the SER and LCDR into the South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) the track layout and stations were rationalised at Ashford and on Thanet. In Thanet the SER branch to Margate Sands was closed.
The line was electrified in 1961 under the BR 1955 Modernisation Plan.
Accidents and incidents
- On 15 July 1970, an electric multiple unit was in collision with a lorry on an occupation crossing between Chartham and Chilham due to an error by the crossing keeper. The driver of the lorry and the guard of the train were killed.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) Line.|