Queenborough railway station

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Queenborough National Rail
Queenborough Railway Station.jpg
Local authoritySwale
Grid referenceTQ913721
Station codeQBR
Managed bySoutheastern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 0.118 million
2015/16Increase 0.123 million
2016/17Increase 0.153 million
2017/18Increase 0.176 million
2018/19Increase 0.186 million
Original companySittingbourne and Sheerness Railway
London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Pre-groupingSouth Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
19 July 1860Opened
National RailUK railway stations
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Queenborough from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Queenborough railway station is on the Sheerness Line, on the Isle of Sheppey in North Kent, and serves the town of Queenborough. It is 49 miles 22 chains (79.3 km) down the line from London Victoria.

Train services are provided by Southeastern.


The typical off-peak service from the station is two trains per hour to Sheerness-on-Sea, and two trains per hour to Sittingbourne, for connections to London.

On Platform 2 (Sheerness bound), there is a substantial and historic 2-storey building which contains a ticket office on the ground floor; this is staffed on a part-time basis. There is a self-service ticket machine by the side gate beside the station building to Platform 2. New train information displays with announcements have been installed on each platform replacing the old display on platform 1 which used to show trains in both directions. There are also signals at either end of each platform so if there was a problem with one of the platforms, trains could use the other for services in either direction.

Since January 2015, Southeastern operate two direct services from Sheerness-on-Sea to London Victoria in the morning peak, not stopping at Swale. These services do not stop at Sittingbourne but use the third side of a triangle junction that links the Sheerness Line to the Chatham Mainline. There are two return services from London Victoria to Sheerness-on-Sea in the evening peak. This services are formed of Class 465 and Class 466 Networkers working in multiple.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Historical railways
Line and station open
South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Line and station closed
Line and station closed
Line open, station closed
South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Line and station closed
Line and station open
Disused railways
TerminusSouthern Railway
Line and station closed


Queenborough was opened on 19 July 1860[1][2] by the Sittingbourne and Sheerness Railway (S&SR), a nominally independent company which had powers to construct a 7.125-mile (11.467-kilometre) branch line from Sittingbourne across the River Swale to a terminus near the entrance of Sheerness Dockyard.[3] The line was worked from the outset by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway which absorbed the S&SR in 1876.[3][4][5]

On 15 May 1876, Queenborough became a junction station with the opening of a short spur to Queenborough Pier to serve steam ship services.[1][2] A second line was added on 1 August 1901 with the opening of the Sheppey Light Railway, a 8.75-mile (14.08-kilometre) light railway across the Isle of Sheppey to Leysdown.[6][7] There was no direct connection with the Sheerness Line and trains for Leysdown departed from the outer face of a newly constructed island platform at Queenborough.[8][9] An iron footbridge was erected at the southern end of the platforms to facilitate passengers changing between main line and branch services.[10] Services on the Sheppey Light Railway ceased as from 4 December 1950.[11]

Until the opening of Swale Halt in 1922, Queenborough was the only intermediate station on the Sheerness Line.[12][13] The imposing two-storey station building has a strong Victorian character with their high-pitched gables and round-headed sash windows.[12] The building is in a similar style to Lymington Town railway station which dates from the same period, a resemblance which may be explained by the fact that the construction of both the Lymington Branch Line and the S&SR was overseen by John Cass Birkinshaw who was replaced as engineer on the S&SR after the company's directors blamed him for the line's slow construction.[14]

A wooden waiting shelter was provided on the Up side but not on the Down side.[15] The station also had a sizeable goods shed and goods yard on the Up side adjacent to the main station building.[16] Sidings on the Down side served the Sheerness Steel plant and provided connections for MCD car traffic and shipbreaking activities.[17] There was a signal box on the Up side which was located at the point where the Sheppey branch curved away to the east;[18] this closed on 24 May 1959.[19] By this time, the goods shed had already been demolished although the goods yard remained open until 16 August 1971.[19][20] The line through Queenborough was electrified and the platforms were lengthened in 1959 as part of phase I of the Kent Coast Electrification.[21]

By 1993, much of the station building was no longer in use and only the booking office was staffed on weekdays until mid-morning.[22]



  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, p. 193.
  2. ^ a b Quick 2009, p. 324.
  3. ^ a b Gray 1984, p. 113.
  4. ^ White 1992, p. 45.
  5. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 198.
  6. ^ White 1987, p. 93.
  7. ^ Dendy Marshall & Kidner 1963, p. 364.
  8. ^ White 1987, p. 94.
  9. ^ Course 1974, p. 151.
  10. ^ Hart 1992, p. 39.
  11. ^ Hart 1992, p. 94.
  12. ^ a b Course 1974, p. 150.
  13. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1993, fig. 46.
  14. ^ Glasspool, David. "Queenborough". Kent Rail. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  15. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1993, figs. 47 and 52.
  16. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1993, fig. 48.
  17. ^ Body 1989, p. 175.
  18. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1993, fig. X.
  19. ^ a b Mitchell & Smith 1993, fig. 55.
  20. ^ Clinker 1978, p. 113.
  21. ^ Moody 1979, p. 135.
  22. ^ Mitchell & Smith 1993, fig. 57.


Coordinates: 51°24′56.31″N 0°44′59.08″E / 51.4156417°N 0.7497444°E / 51.4156417; 0.7497444