Penshurst railway station

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Penshurst National Rail
Penshurst
Location
Place Penshurst
Local authority Sevenoaks
Coordinates 51°11′49″N 0°10′23″E / 51.197°N 0.173°E / 51.197; 0.173Coordinates: 51°11′49″N 0°10′23″E / 51.197°N 0.173°E / 51.197; 0.173
Grid reference TQ519464
Operations
Station code PHR
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  36,779
2005/06 Decrease 35,899
2006/07 Decrease 33,588
2007/08 Increase 41,760
2008/09 Increase 45,344
2009/10 Increase 45,892
2010/11 Increase 49,030
2011/12 Decrease 44,994
2012/13 Increase 45,578
History
Original company South Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
26 May 1842 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Penshurst from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Penshurst railway station is on the Redhill to Tonbridge Line and is located approximately two miles north of Penshurst in Kent, in the hamlet of Chiddingstone Causeway in England.

History[edit]

Penshurst station was opened by the South Eastern Railway on 26 May 1842.[1] Penshurst Airfield, which was in operation from 1916–36, and again from 1940-46 as RAF Penshurst, was within ¼ mile (400 m) of the station.

In 1967 the station became unstaffed following which the original station buildings were demolished. In 1993 the line was electrified and services started to run through to London rather than being an extension of the Reading to Tonbridge North Downs Line service. Prior to electrification a new down platform was constructed opposite the up platform. New signalling was installed when the signal box was closed.

In 2007, a PERTIS (Permit to Travel) machine was installed at the street entrance to the Tonbridge-bound platform. The station was until December 2008 operated by Southeastern before it transferred to Southern, whose green signage was installed before October 2008.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 28 July 1845, a light engine was in a rear-end collision with a passenger train near Penshurst. Thirty people were injured.[2][3]
  • On 20 January 1846, A bridge over the River Medway between Tunbridge and Penshurst collapsed whilst a freight train was passing over it. The driver was killed.[4]

Services[edit]

The typical off peak service is one train per hour east to Tonbridge, and west to London Bridge via Redhill and East Croydon.

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Southern

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 183. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ Kidner, R. W. (1977) [1963]. The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Tarrant Hinton: The Oakwood Press. p. 48. 
  3. ^ "Accident on the Dover Railway" The Times (London). Tuesday, 29 July 1845. (18988), col A, p. 5.
  4. ^ "FEARFUL AND FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY" The Times (London). Wednesday, 21 January 1846. (19139), col D, p. 5.