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Lenham

Lenham Station, about halfway between Ashford and Maidstone was built by the London, Chatham and Dover railway and opened, along with the other stations on the Maidstone East-Ashford line, on 1st July 1884. The station building, in common with all the intermediate stations on the line, was based on the design of Sevenoaks Bat & Ball.
 
Lenham Station looking east from the up platform

photograph by Stephen Roffey.

 
Looking west from the footbridge it can be seen that Lenham retains an interesting layout. This view shows the rather overgrown dock line connected to what was formerly the down siding. This was converted into an electrified loop by extending it to the point where the line curves to the right just beyond the road bridge in readiness for Phase II of the Kent Coast electrification in 1961. The dock siding was a feature of all the intermediate stations between Maidstone East and Ashford.

photograph by Stephen Roffey.

The Lenham dock platform and down loop
 
The track layout at Lenham's western end A wider westward view shows the dock line and to the left the 1990 platform extension. This addition came after the demolition of the 1961 era signal box which had been out of use since 1984 following the extension of the Maidstone power box's coverage to the Ashford boundary at Headcorn. Behind this runs the 'up' electrified overtaking loop which passes through the site of the old goods yard. This was another Kent Coast Phase II addition, in spite of which the goods yard remained in use until January 1969. The goods shed has now been demolished, however the small brick office still stands and is used by a local builder's merchant.

photograph by Stephen Roffey.

 
The concrete footbridge is of the standard SR prefabricated type manufactured at Exmouth Junction and was erected in 1961, the crossing having previously been by means of a wooden walkway at the eastern end of the platforms. The bridge has recently (Summer 2009) been condemned and is to replaced with a steel structure.

photograph by Stephen Roffey.

Lenham Station Footbridge
 
Lenham Station The eastern end of the station viewed from the up platform. The platform canopy was cut back in 1991 to allow Channel Tunnel freight services to traverse the line, the containers being out of gauge for the route.

photograph by Stephen Roffey.

   

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