Catford Loop Line

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Catford Loop Line
Beckenham Hill stn high southbound.JPG
Overview
TypeSuburban rail, Heavy rail
SystemNational Rail
StatusOperational
LocaleGreater London
TerminiNunhead
Ravensbourne
Stations8
Services1
Operation
Opened1 July 1892
OwnerNetwork Rail
Operator(s)
Depot(s)Grove Park
Rolling stockClass 700
Class 375 "Electrostar"
Class 465 "Networker"
Class 466 "Networker"
Technical
Number of tracks2
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC third rail
Operating speedMaximum 60 mph (97 km/h)
Catford Loop Line
Brixton
East Brixton
Loughborough Junction
Thameslink line
Denmark Hill
Peckham Rye
Nunhead
Crofton Park
CatfordCatford Bridge
Bellingham
Bellingham carriage sidings
Beckenham Hill
Ravensbourne
Shortlands
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of the western end of the Catford Loop Line, showing how it connects with the South London Line to rejoin the Chatham Main Line, thus creating the Loop. Also note Loughboro Jct to access the city extension (now Thameslink).

The Catford Loop Line is a railway line in southeast London. It carries a suburban stopping passenger service from central London to Sevenoaks, and is also a relief route for the Chatham Main Line carrying passenger trains from London Victoria to the Kent coast. There is also much freight activity as this is the main route to Willesden and the north via Latchmere Junction, with intermodal traffic from Thamesport and international workings from Dollands Moor.

The line begins at Brixton Junction,[1][2] where it diverges from the Chatham Main line, and ends when it rejoins the Chatham main line (now extended to pairs of fast and slow lines) at Shortlands Junction,[3][4] west of Shortlands station.

Stations[edit]

History[edit]

Incorporated as the Shortlands and Nunhead Railway in 1889 it was opened by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway on 1 July 1892. The line left the former Crystal Palace High Level branch and the Nunhead to Lewisham link (the former Greenwich Park branch) at a junction east of Nunhead.

The five stations on the original route were:

The length of the Catford Loop is nearly eight miles (12.5 km).

The line was electrified with the other SECR urban routes on 12 July 1925 by the Southern Railway on its 660 DC third-rail system.

As of 12 January 2015, Southeastern operates an hourly service from London Victoria to Dover Priory over the line; Denmark Hill is the only station on the line called at by this service. All other services originate from London Blackfriars and Thameslink Core and call at all stations.

Services[edit]

The service in February 2019 is:

Off-peak / Weekends:

  • 2tph London Blackfriars via Elephant and Castle
  • 2tph Kentish Town via Elephant and Castle
  • 1tph London Victoria (Only Calling at Denmark Hill)
  • 2tph Sevenoaks via Swanley
  • 2tph Orpington
  • 1tph Dover Priory via Chatham (Only Calling at Denmark Hill)

Peak

  • 2tph London Blackfriars via Elephant and Castle
  • 2tph Luton via London Blackfriars
  • 2tph London Victoria (Only Calling at Denmark Hill)
  • 2tph Sevenoaks via Swanley
  • 2tph Orpington
  • 2tph Dover Priory via Chatham (Only Calling at Denmark Hill)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quail Map 5 - England South [page 3] September 2002
  2. ^ Network Rail (April 2001). South Zone Sectional Appendix. Module SO. p. SO110 1/4. SO/SA/001A.
  3. ^ Quail Map 5 - England South [page 4] September 2002
  4. ^ Network Rail (April 2001). South Zone Sectional Appendix. Module SO. p. SO110 1/9. SO/SA/001A.