Branch Lines in Kent
A Companion publication to The Colonel Stephens Railways in Kent.
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A Companion publication to The Colonel Stephens Railways in Kent, this book covers the Canterbury & Whitstable Railway, The Hythe & Sandgate Branch, The Westerham Branch, The Dungeness and New Romney Branch, The Port Victoria and Allhallows Branch, The Gravesend West Branch, The Elham Valley Railway and the Chatham Central Branch.
Most of these Branch Lines were built out of a long standing feud between the two major companies in the country, the South Eastern Railway (SER) under the chairmanship of Sir Edward Watkin, and his opposite number at the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (LCDR), James Staats Forbes. These gentlemen became bitter rivals towards the latter part of the nineteenth century, and were responsible for the building of several railways purely as a defensive measure to stop entry into each others territory.