Martin Mill railway station
Martin Mill station
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|Key dates||Opened 17 June 1881|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Martin Mill from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Martin Mill railway station serves the very small village of Martin Mill in East Kent. The station and all trains serving it are operated by Southeastern. The booking office is now open only for very limited hours on Mondays to Fridays mornings but a Permit To Travel ticket machine on the Dover-bound platform caters for out-of-hours ticketing.
As of January 2015 the typical off-peak service will be one train per hour to St Pancras International via Dover Priory and Ashford International and one train per hour to St Pancras as well but via Ramsgate, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Chatham and Gravesend instead.
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Kent Coast Line
Martin Mill also served as an important station during both the First and Second World Wars. During the construction of Dover Harbour in 1897 a single track branch was constructed to bring in materials from Martin Mill. The track ran over the surface of the high chalk plateau parallel with the Dover-Deal main line, before climbing up to the summit just at the entrance to Guston tunnel. From there, it ascended to the cliff top, 350 ft above sea level. It then descended in a zig-zag formation on a vertiginous shelf which was cut into the cliff, leading down to the eastern part of the harbour. The route was reopened during both wars, and operated mainly by Royal Engineers to deploy mounted artillery on the cliff edge. During the Second World War, the branch served the many gun batteries along the white cliffs between Dover and St Margarets. Along this track ran two track-mounted 14 inch guns/cannons nicknamed Winnie (after Winston Churchill) and Pooh (after the fictional bear). During the war they fired into France at German targets, but accuracy was a problem and more damage was done to local property than their actual targets.
This line also ran down to Dover Harbour along a cliff road.
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