Author:   Gus White

Published:   1996
Edition:   Paperback
Pages:   29
Genre:   Southern Railway (SR)

Status:   Currently out of stock


The Bexleyheath Railway at Eltham by Gus White. This most interesting A4 booklet was published to celebrate the centenary of the Bexleyheath Line. It was just over eight miles long and ran from Blackheath to Dartford with five intermediate stations – Kidbrooke, Well Hall, Welling, Bexleyheath and Barnehurst. The stations at Eltham Park (1908) and Falconwood (1936) were additions to cater for the new housing estates.

The line was built by landowners wishing to enhance the value of their agricultural land for housing development. The landowners therefore established the Bexleyheath Railway Company which was entirely independent from the South Eastern Railway which ran the other two lines to Dartford.

Between 1899 and 1922 Edith Nesbit, author of The Railway Children, resided in a house near to the railway at Well Hall, where she wrote her most famous story.

Using black and white photographs and illustrations Gus White looks back at one hundred years of the railway.