South Dock railway station

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South Dock
Location Isle of Dogs
Owner London and Blackwall Railway
Number of platforms 2
Key dates
29 July 1872 (1872-07-29) Opened
4 May 1926 (1926-05-04) Closed
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South Dock was a railway station on the Isle of Dogs in east London. It was between Millwall Junction and Millwall Docks on the Millwall Extension Railway (MER) branch of the London and Blackwall Railway (LBR) which opened to goods traffic on 18 December 1871 and to passenger services on 29 July 1872.[1] The station was on the northern side of the South Dock of the West India Docks, near the eastern end. It had an island platform as it was the only passing loop on the branch.[2] The station buildings were of timber with a slate roof. Platform was brick faced. Station was staffed entirely by dock employees, company issued its own tickets.[3]

The station was renamed South West India Dock in July 1881 but reverted to its original name of South Dock in May 1895. It stood in a relatively isolated location in the docks area, some distance from the nearest road. Passenger usage of the station was always light and services to it, and the rest of the MER extension, ceased in May 1926, though goods services continued until the demise of the docks in the 1970s. Extensive rebuilding in the 1980s Docklands redevelopment has left no trace of the station or the line. Today the site is occupied by a BT telecommunications building.

References[edit]

  1. ^ London's Lost Railways, C Klapper, 1976, Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. ISBN 0-7100-8378-5
  2. ^ "The Forgotten Stations of Greater London, J.Connor and B.Halford ISBN 0-947699-17-1,
  3. ^ Disused Stations: South Dock Station
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Millwall Junction
Line and station closed
  Great Eastern Railway
London and Blackwall Railway
  Millwall Docks
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 51°30′09″N 0°00′46″W / 51.5026°N 0.0129°W / 51.5026; -0.0129