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Stone in Kent

Local ragstone was quite widely used by railways in Kent.
 
Gas House Lane bridge, Ashford Gas House Lane bridge, Ashford, photographed on 2nd November 2008.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Gas House Lane bridge, carries the Up Maidstone Loop, a short distance west of Ashford International station. It has a low, elliptical arch, with four rings of yellow bricks, and blue engineering brick capping to the parapet. An adjacent concrete structure carries the main line.

Offham Road bridge, West Malling, photographed on 16th August 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Offham Road bridge, West Malling
 
Ashford Road bridge, Maidstone Ashford Road bridge, Maidstone, photographed on 20th May 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Offham Road bridge, between West Malling and Borough Green is also a stone structure with brick arch rings and a brick capping to the parapet. It also has a brick string course. Ashford Road bridge, Maidstone has a modern steel deck on the original stone abutments.

Retaining wall, Maidstone West, photographed on 20th May 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Retaining wall, Maidstone West
 
Retaining wall, Maidstone West Retaining wall, Maidstone West.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

There are masonry retaining wall cuttings on both lines through Maidstone. That north of Maidstone West has decorative bands of red brick.

Rye Lane bridge, Dunton Green, photographed on 16th November 2008.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Rye Lane bridge, Dunton Green

Rye Lane bridge, Dunton Green, is another which has a modern steel deck and the original stone abutments and wing walls.

London Road bridge, Sevenoaks London Road bridge, Sevenoaks, photographed on 21st October 2007.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

London Road bridge, Sevenoaks is one of the largest stone railway bridges in Kent. The original parapet on the south side has been taken down, so that the pavement could be cantilevered out on a steel structure, thereby allowing the road to be widened.

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