Appledore (Kent) railway station
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|Key dates||Opened 13 February 1851|
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Appledore railway station lies east of Appledore in Kent, England. It is on the Marshlink Line, and train services are provided by Southern. The station is located almost two miles from Appledore village and 8 1⁄2 miles (13.7 km) south of Ashford.
It is at a junction of a freight branch line running to Dungeness nuclear power station via Lydd. Appledore is also the start of the single track section of the Marshlink line, which runs through to Ore near Hastings with a passing loop at Rye.
APTIS was once provided here until the booking office closed in the very early 1990s leaving no ticketing facilities. In 2016 Southern installed a new self service ticket machine. The office buildings on the Ashford-bound platform are unused.
Trains serving the station are Southern diesel Class 171 Turbostars, used on the non-electrified Ashford-Rye-Hastings (Marshlink) route.
A rail track engineering company occupies the yard just south of the station.
Opened by the South Eastern Railway, which then merged with the London, Chatham and Dover Railway to form the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, it became part of the Southern Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Southern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.
According to National Rail, this station's official name is Appledore (Kent), despite the other Appledore station in Devon having closed in 1917. On official documents and railway company websites, the station is referred to as Appledore (Kent), although most locals know it as just 'Appledore'.
Trains run once every sixty minutes during the day in each direction, north to Ashford and south to Hastings and beyond to/from Brighton via Lewes and Eastbourne.
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|Terminus||BR Southern Region
Marshlink - Dungeness branch
Line and station closed
- 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. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
- Station on navigable O.S. map.
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