Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) Line
|Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line|
The Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) Line,
shown with other railway lines in Kent.
South East England
|Rolling stock||Class 375 "Electrostar"|
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Ashford to Margate Line|
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The line is electrified (750 V DC third rail).
Services are operated by Southeastern.
Upon the merging of the SER and LCDR into the South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) the track layout and stations were rationalised at Ashford and on Thanet. In Thanet the SER branch to Margate Sands was closed.
The line was electrified in 1961 under the BR 1955 Modernisation Plan.
Accidents and incidents
- On 11 August 1858, an excursion train was derailed near Chilham. Three people were killed.
- On 15 July 1970, an electric multiple unit was in collision with a lorry on an occupation crossing between Chartham and Chilham due to an error by the crossing keeper. The driver of the lorry and the guard of the train were killed.
- On 26 July 2015, electric multiple unit 375 703 was in collision with a herd of cattle on the line at Chilham and was derailed. There were no injuries amongst the 70 passengers. The line was closed until 30 July.
- Kidner, R. W. (1977) . The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Tarrant Hinton: The Oakwood Press. p. 48.
- Glover, John (2001). Southern Electric. Hersham: Ian Allan. p. 142. ISBN 0 7110 2807 9.
- "Train derailed after hitting cows on line in Kent". BBC News Online. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "Southeastern Train travelling between Chilham and Wye derails after hitting cattle". Kent Online. Kent Messenger Group. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "Kent line closed by cows-on-line derailment to reopen". BBC News Online. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
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