Hoo Junction

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Up yard of Hoo Junction with a Networker train on the main line

Hoo Junction is a rail yard on the North Kent Line, near the village of Higham, Kent and Shorne Marshes, operated by DB Schenker. It is between Gravesend and Higham stations, at the junction with the freight-only single-track Hoo branch to the Hoo Peninsula.

Layout[edit]

There are up and down yards on either side of the main line, with the branch line entering from the north east.

The up yard (south of the main line) consists of 14 sidings and three through roads, with other ancillary sidings. The down yard (north of the main line) consists of 10 sidings and three through roads. Some sidings in the down yard have been taken up.

Westinghouse Rail Systems has buildings adjacent to the north perimeter of the yard.

Traffic[edit]

The yard re-marshals wagon traffic on the main line and from the branch. The majority of traffic is aggregate wagons, with steel strip carriers are also present. Infrastructure units and ballast trains also use the yard. Container traffic from Thamesport passes through non-stop.

Staff halt[edit]

Hoo Junction Staff Halt opened in 1956 in the yard, which it was built to serve.[1] The down platform is on the main line before the junction with the branch, at TQ 6950 7369 51°26′11″N 0°26′20″E / 51.4364°N 0.4390°E / 51.4364; 0.4390, while the up platform is only on the main line, at TQ 6980 7364 51°26′09″N 0°26′36″E / 51.4358°N 0.4433°E / 51.4358; 0.4433.[2]

Down platform[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Denton Halt   1956 to 3-12-1961
BR(S)
Hundred of Hoo Railway
  Uralite Halt
Gravesend Central   From
4-12-1961
BR(S) later
Network Rail
Hundred of Hoo Railway
  Goods line to Grain
Denton Halt   1956 to 3-12-1961
BR(S)
North Kent Line
  Higham
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Gravesend   From 4-12-1961 BR(S) later
Network Rail
North Kent Line
  Higham

Up platform[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Higham   1956 to 3-12-1961
BR(S)
North Kent Line
  Denton Halt
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Higham   From 4-12-1961
BR(S) later
Network Rail
North Kent Line
  Gravesend

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kidner, R. W. (1985). Southern Railway Halts. Survey and Gazetteer. Headington, Oxford: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-321-4. 
  2. ^ Dartford to Sittingbourne, Southern Main Lines. Middleton Press. ISBN 1-873793-34-0. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°26′10″N 0°26′46″E / 51.43611°N 0.44611°E / 51.43611; 0.44611