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Report - Ashford Locomotive Works..Kent, August 2021


Mikeymutt

28DL Full Member
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Visited this place with my two usual exploring friends. It was a nice relaxed visit and a very enjoyable one. Yeah the place is stripped bare virtually and a bit trashed, but not as trashed as I expected it too be. It's has some lovely decay in the front part in what use to be the workshops. And still a lot of railways heritage to be seen. Life started at the works in 1846 when it was built to replace an older repair facility in new cross, London. Four years later they had built a hundred and thirty new houses to accommodate the workers and it was named Alfred town, but the locals referred to it as new town. It employed 600 people when it first started, rising too 1,300 thirty years later.
In 1898 it almagnated with London, Chatham and Dover railway, this went on to be known as the South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Each one had there own locomotive works but ashore was chosen as the main works for the company. The works continued making steam locomotives and various wagons till just after the war when it concentrated on diesel shunters. It stopped repairing locomotives in 1962 and the workshops closed. The works continued producing other wagons for another twenty years when eventually British Rail engineering limited decided to shut the plant completely In 1982. Plans were afoot to make it into a studio for filming a few years back but nothing seems to have come of that.
When looking online later I found a nice little PDF for 50p giving a brief history and saying what all the workshops were and it was interesting to read.

An overhead view of the site was n 1970. Most of it has been demolished except the main workshops.

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An extract from the PDF I bought. Not sure how clear it will read.

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The workshop how it looks today. It was used for light commercial use after it shut for a while.

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It still has the rails in, it also had a central turntable which I meant to get a shot off but forgot.

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There are five overhead gantry cranes.

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This was prob my favourite part

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Dragon_Urbex

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28DL Full Member
I really quite like this. Nicely shot! I've had it pinned for ages but never bothered as I always thought it would be empty sheds. Those gantry cranes are lovely!
 

KPUrban_

28DL Regular User
Regular User
Nicely done some brilliant images.
Wondering what the Turntable in here is like.
 

Mikeymutt

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
I really quite like this. Nicely shot! I've had it pinned for ages but never bothered as I always thought it would be empty sheds. Those gantry cranes are lovely!
Thank you. I thought the same, and they are fairly empty. But it's quite an impressive place to see.
 

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