Catford Loop Line

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Catford Loop Line
Beckenham Hill stn high southbound.JPG
Overview
Type Suburban rail, Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
Termini Nunhead
Ravensbourne
Stations 8
Services 1
Operation
Opening 1 July 1892
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southeastern
Depot(s) Grove Park
Rolling stock Class 319
Class 375 "Electrostar"
Class 465 "Networker"
Class 466 "Networker"
Technical
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 DC third rail
Operating speed Maximum 60 mph (97 km/h)
Catford Loop Line
Chatham Main Line
to London Victoria
Brixton
Chatham Main Line
via Herne Hill
East Brixton
Loughborough Junction
Thameslink line
Denmark Hill
Sutton and Mole Valley Lines
Peckham Rye
Inner South London Line
Nunhead
Nunhead to Lewisham link
Crystal Palace & Sth Lon Jn Rly
to Crystal Palace (High Level)
Brighton Main Line
London Bridge branch
Crofton Park
Hayes Line
to Lewisham
Catford & Catford Bridge
Hayes Line
to Hayes
Bellingham
Bellingham carriage sidings
Beckenham Hill
Ravensbourne
Chatham Main Line
via Herne Hill
Shortlands
Chatham Main Line
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of the western end of the Catford Loop Line, showing how it connects with the South London Line to rejoin the Chatham Main Line, thus creating the Loop. Also note Loughboro Jct to access the city extension (now Thameslink).

The Catford Loop Line is a railway line in southeast London. It carries a suburban stopping service from central London to Sevenoaks, and is also a relief route for the Chatham Main Line which conveys passenger trains from London Victoria to the Kent coast. There is much freight activity as this is the main route to Willesden and the North via Latchmere junction, with Intermodal traffic from Thamesport and international workings from Dollands Moor.

The line begins at Brixton junction[1][2] where it diverges from the Chatham Main line, and ends when it rejoins the Chatham main line (now extended to pairs of fast & slow lines) at Shortlands Junction,[3][4] west of Shortlands station.

Stations[edit]

History[edit]

Incorporated as the Shortlands and Nunhead Railway in 1889 it was opened by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway on 1 July 1892. The line left the former Crystal Palace High Level branch and the Nunhead to Lewisham link (the former Greenwich Park branch) at a junction east of Nunhead.

The five stations on the original route were:

The length of the Catford Loop is nearly eight miles (12.5 km).

The line was electrified with the other SECR urban routes on 12 July 1925 by the Southern Railway on its 660 DC third rail system.

Services[edit]

  • 2tph Kentish Town (London Blackfriars Mon-Fri after 9pm and weekends)
  • 2tph Sevenoaks via Swanley

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quail Map 5 - England South [page 3] Sept 2002 (Retrieved 2011-08-30)
  2. ^ Network Rail (April 2001). South Zone Sectional Appendix. Module SO. p. SO110 1/4. SO/SA/001A. 
  3. ^ Quail Map 5 - England South [page 4] Sept 2002 (Retrieved 2011-08-30)
  4. ^ Network Rail (April 2001). South Zone Sectional Appendix. Module SO. p. SO110 1/9. SO/SA/001A. 

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