Chilham railway station
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|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 6 February 1846|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Chilham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Chilham railway station serves the area around the village of Chilham in Kent, England, including Chilham itself, Shottenden, Old Wives Lees, and Bagham. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Southeastern.
The station was opened by the South Eastern Railway (SER) on 6 February 1846, and is on the SER Ashford to Margate line. The platforms are connected by a concrete footbridge - a typical product of the Southern Railway concrete factory at Exmouth Junction. There are level crossings near both ends of the station.
The station is unmanned. A PERTIS passenger-operated ticket machine, issuing 'Permits to Travel' - which are exchanged on-train or at manned stations for travel tickets - is located just inside the entrance to the Canterbury-bound platform from the car park.
Accidents and incidents
- On 20 October 1848, a fish and luggage train was derailed near Chilham when a bridge over the River Stour was washed away under it. All three crew were uninjured.
- 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 between Wye and Chilham. Two carriages were derailed. There were no injuries amongst the 70 passengers.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line
- "A Bridge Washed Away, and a Train Overturned". Daily News (750). London. 21 October 1848.
- 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.
- Hartley-Parkinson, Richard. "Train derailed by cows in Kent". Metro. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "Southeastern Train travelling between Chilham and Wye derails after hitting cattle". Kent Online. Kent Messenger Group. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2011
- Train times and station information for Chilham railway station from National Rail
- Official report into 1858 accident
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