Greenwich Park Branch Line

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Greenwich Park Branch Line
Overview
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
Termini London Victoria
London Blackfriars (rarely)
Dartford
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southeastern
Depot(s) Slade Green
Grove Park
Rolling stock British Rail Class 465
British Rail Class 466
Technical
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 DC third rail
Greenwich Park Branch Line
to London Victoria or London Blackfriars
Nunhead
LCDR Crystal Palace line
Catford Loop Line
Brockley & Brighton Main Line to London
Brockley Lane
Lewisham Road
SEML to London Terminals
Lewisham | DLR to Bank / Stratford
Hayes Line, SEML | North Kent Line
Blackheath Hill
Greenwich Park

The Greenwich Park Branch Line in south-east London was built by London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) from Nunhead.

LCDR line[edit]

It ran from a junction at Nunhead in a generally north-east direction to a terminus on the Greenwich High Road, close to the north-west corner of Greenwich Park, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km). The original plan was for the branch to terminate at Woolwich Dockyard. A short tunnel took the branch under the A2 at Blackheath Hill. The entrance to Brockley Lane station in still visible at Brockley Cross.

There were four stations:

All closed on 1 January 1917, and the branch beyond Lewisham Road was abandoned on 1 January 1926 by the Southern Railway.

Nunhead to Lewisham link[edit]

The Southern Railway absorbed the LCDR and South Eastern Railway (SER) and sought to link the two networks to enable cross-London freight. The branch as far as Lewisham Road station was reopened on 7 July 1929, with a new connection to the SER lines at Lewisham. The branch was electrified in September 1935,[1] allowing passenger trains from Dartford to access Victoria from 30 September 1935 (see Bexleyheath Line).

Services (rail services operating on the line):

2tph London Victoria and Dartford via Bexleyheath (Monday to Saturday til 7pm)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electric Railways". Stendec Systems. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-25.