Sandling railway station
|Local authority||District of Shepway|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1 January 1888|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sandling from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Sandling railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line in England, serving the village of Sandling and the town of Hythe, Kent. It is 65 miles 36 chains (105.3 km) down-line from London Charing Cross and is situated between Westenhanger and Folkestone West. The station and all trains that call are operated by Southeastern.
The ticket office is manned only during part of the day; at other times a PERTIS 'permit to travel' machine, located outside the station building on the 'up' side, suffices.
It is the closest station to Saltwood Castle (where Alan Clark lived until his death) and it is frequently mentioned in the Alan Clark Diaries. In 1960, the station was allocated a camping coach converted from a Pullman car, which was fitted with a full kitchen, two sleeping compartments and a room with two single beds.
Originally it opened as Sandling Junction and had four platforms. The up branch platform was closed when the line to Sandgate was cut back to Hythe and the branch line singled in 1931. When line to Hythe was closed in 1951 the down branch platform was closed. Subsequently the station was renamed Sandling for Hythe. In 2010 the disused branch platform is still in situ.
As of September 2016 the typical off peak services from this station are:
- 1tph to London Charing Cross
- 1tph to Dover Priory
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
South Eastern Main Line
- "Pullman Cars as Camping Coaches". Railway Magazine. 107 (711): 449–450. July 1960.
- Network Rail Timetable January 2015: Table 207
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