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Report - Lydd Train Station, Lydd - April 2016

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by JakeWoodUnofficial, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. JakeWoodUnofficial

    JakeWoodUnofficial 28DL Full Member
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    Hello, this is my first report so don't be too harsh and excuse the iPhone pictures, I am here for the exploration not the photography, I will leave that to those of you who are skilled in that area. Little (or a lot) of copy and past Wikipedia history about the place.

    The Lydd Railway Company (LRC) obtained authorisation to construct a standard gauge single track line from Appledore to Dungeness with intermediate stops at Lydd and Brookland. Having opened the line to traffic on 7 December 1881, the railway company subsequently decided on 16 February 1882 that the line would be worked and maintained by the South Eastern Railway, whose chairman, Edward Watkin, was the father of Alfred Mellor Watkin, chairman of the LRC. On 24 July, the company was authorised to extend the line by building a branch from Lydd toNew Romney which opened on 19 June 1884. The LRC was taken into the South Eastern in January 1895, itself becoming part of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway four years later.

    Lydd, situated 7 miles from Appledore, was the principal station on the line with a considerable goods yard and a long siding to nearby army ranges (Lydd Ranges) via the 6 mile Lydd Military Railway (1883 - c1926).[3] The approach to Lydd from Brookland saw the line travel over nine level crossings before passing under the line's sole over bridge carrying the B2075 Station Road, before reaching a final level crossing just before the station. The station had two platforms as well as a passing loop and a signal box on the down side.

    Following the opening of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in 1927, the extra holiday traffic generated persuaded the Southern Railway (who had taken over the line upon the railway grouping) to realign its branch to New Romney by moving it nearer to the sea and opening two new halts - Lydd-on-Sea and Greatstone-on-Sea - in 1937. The opening of Lydd-on-Sea Halt led to the renaming of Lydd station as "Lydd Town" to avoid any confusion. The station closed on 6 March 1967 in the face of dwindling passenger traffic and insignificant freight returns, yet the line remained open through Lydd Town as far as a siding near Dungeness for freight traffic to serve the BNFL nuclear power plant at Dungeness.

    The whole place was abused, the floor was broken through in places and the roof was missing in many places. The local youth appear to have tried to set fire to the door on the far side as you can see from one of the pictures. That room in particular was in an exceptionally dire state.

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    Opposite the station was a red brick building with nothing exciting in but appeared to be some sort of garage at some point in its life. What looked like an inspection pit and offices were all that remains.
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    Thanks for looking!
     
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    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Still better than any of the abandoned stations we have in Bury :thumb
     
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