Greenwich Park Branch Line
|Greenwich Park Branch Line|
|Type||Commuter rail, Suburban rail|
London Blackfriars (rarely)
|Rolling stock||British Rail Class 465
British Rail Class 466
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||750 DC third rail|
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.
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, allowing passenger trains from Dartford to access Victoria from 30 September 1935 (see Bexleyheath Line).
- "Electric Railways". Stendec Systems. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-25.
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