Chilham railway station

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Chilham National Rail
Chilham railway station platforms and footbridge in 2009.jpg
Location
PlaceChilham
Local authorityAshford
Grid referenceTR077536
Operations
Station codeCIL
Managed bySoutheastern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 36,524
2014/15Increase 38,682
2015/16Decrease 38,320
2016/17Increase 40,318
2017/18Increase 43,420
History
Key datesOpened 6 February 1846 (6 February 1846)
National RailUK railway stations
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* 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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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.[1]
  • On 11 August 1858, an excursion train was derailed near Chilham. Three people were killed.[2]
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.[4][5][6]

Services[edit]

As of December 2011 the current typical off peak services from this station is one train per hour to London Charing Cross via Tonbridge and one train to Canterbury West.[7]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Wye   Southeastern
Ashford to Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line
  Chartham

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Bridge Washed Away, and a Train Overturned". Daily News (750). London. 21 October 1848.
  2. ^ Kidner, R. W. (1977) [1963]. The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Tarrant Hinton: The Oakwood Press. p. 48.
  3. ^ Glover, John (2001). Southern Electric. Hersham: Ian Allan. p. 142. ISBN 0 7110 2807 9.
  4. ^ "Train derailed after hitting cows on line in Kent". BBC News Online. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  5. ^ Hartley-Parkinson, Richard. "Train derailed by cows in Kent". Metro. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Southeastern Train travelling between Chilham and Wye derails after hitting cattle". Kent Online. Kent Messenger Group. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  7. ^ Table 207 National Rail timetable, December 2011

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Coordinates: 51°14′42″N 0°58′34″E / 51.245°N 0.976°E / 51.245; 0.976