Chatham Main Line

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Chatham main line
OwnerNetwork Rail
LocaleGreater London
South East England
TerminiLondon Victoria
Dover Priory
TypeCommuter rail
SystemNational Rail
Rolling stockClass 375 "Electrostar"
Class 395 "Javelin"
Class 465 "Networker"
Class 466 "Networker"
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC third rail
Operating speed145 km/h (90 mph)
Chatham Main Line
London Victoria London Underground
Grosvenor Road
Battersea Park
Battersea Park Road
all lines to Clapham Junction
Factory Junction
Stewarts Lane TMD
Wandsworth Road London Overground
Clapham High Street London Overground
Brixton London Underground
Down arrow Catford Loop Line
East Brixton
Thameslink line to
Blackfriars and the north
Herne Hill
Denmark Hill London Overground
Peckham Rye London Overground
West Dulwich
Sydenham Hill
Sydenham (Hill) or Penge Tunnel
2,141 yards (1,958 m)
Crystal Palace and
South London Junction Rwy
Penge East
Crofton Park
Kent House
Limited-service curve
Beckenham Junction Tramlink
Beckenham Hill
Up arrow Catford Loop Line
Shortlands Junction
Bromley South
to London Bridge and
other London Terminals
St Mary Cray
to Orpington
and Tonbridge
Swanley Junction
Farningham Road
to High Speed 1 and
former Gravesend West Branch
Sole Street
North Kent Line
towards London
Medway Valley line
to Maidstone
Rochester Bridge (LCDR)
Goods station
Rochester Common
Chatham Central
Fort Pitt Tunnel
428 yards (391 m)
Chatham Tunnel
297 yards (272 m)
Gillingham Tunnel
897 yards (820 m)
Dover branch
Ramsgate branch
Whitstable Town
Chestfield & Swalecliffe
Hampton pier
Herne Bay
RAF Manston
Margate Sands
Margate East
Ramsgate Harbour Tunnel
1,124 yards (1,028 m)
Ramsgate Harbour
Dumpton Park
Ramsgate Town
St Lawrence for Pegwell Bay
Ebbsfleet and Cliffsend Halt
Ashford to Ramsgate
(via Canterbury West) line
Canterbury East
Shepherds Well
Shepherd's Well Tunnel
2,376 yards (2,173 m)
Stonehall and
Lydden Halt
Buckland Junction
Charlton Tunnel
265 yards (242 m)
Priory Tunnel
158 yards (144 m)
Dover Priory
Dover Harbour Tunnel
684 yards (625 m)
Dover Harbour
Mileage change
77 mi 76 ch (Victoria)
76 mi 50 ch (Charing Cross)
Hawkesbury Street Junction
Connection to train ferry
Dover Town
Pier Junction
Archcliffe Junction
Admiralty Pier
Dover Marine

The Chatham Main Line is a railway line in England linking London Victoria[1] to Dover Priory / Ramsgate, Via Medway (and Chatham).

Services[change | change source]

Most train services on the Line are run by Southeastern.

While travelling between Bromley South and London Victoria, the trains can either travel on the Main Line, through Beckenham Junction, Herne Hill and Brixton, or can go via the Catford Loop Line, travelling through Catford and Peckham Rye, and then just past Brixton it either picks up the Southeastern line all the way, or can follow the Southern (Atlantic) Line through Clapham High Street before crossing back over to the Southeastern Line to London Victoria. Some services travelling via Catford now stop at Denmark Hill.

As of 13 December 2015, the off-peak timetable consists of two trains per hour from Victoria, calling at Bromley South, Longfield, Meopham, Rochester, Chatham, and Rainham.

There is an hourly service from Victoria calling at Denmark Hill (via the Catford Loop), Bromley South, St Mary Cray then all stations to Gillingham. It then becomes a semi-fast service, calling at Rainham, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Canterbury East, terminating at Dover Priory.

A High Speed Service consists of two trains per hour from St Pancras International to Faversham via Gravesend and Chatham.

A service operates in the opposite direction. There is one other High Speed Service that runs on a small part of the line, starting from Margate and calling at Broadstairs and Ramsgate before heading to Canterbury West, and Ashford International, then picking up the High Speed Line and calling at the remaining stations to St Pancras International.

Altered services because of emergency repairs[change | change source]

In December 2015, engineers carried out a survey of the railway line running between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central and discovered that a section of sea wall carrying the line had eroded away, and suspended the service. A replacement bus service operated between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central. The High Speed services via Chatham terminated at Ramsgate, with a shuttle bus service running between Ramsgate and Dover Priory via Sandwich. From Ashford International, the High Speed service terminated at Folkestone Central. After just over 8 months, this section of line reopened on 5 September 2016 and normal services have resumed.

Trains used[change | change source]

The following trains are operated on the line: Class 395 "Javelin", Class 375 "Electrostar", Class 465 "Networker" and Class 466 "Networker".

Class Image Type Cars per set Top speed Number Operator Notes Built
mph km/h
Class 395 Javelin 395014 at Faversham (15029873452).jpg EMU 6 140 (HS1) 100 (Mainline) 225 (HS1) 160 (Mainline) 29 Southeastern Peak time high speed services between Faversham and St.Pancras International 2007–2009
Class 375 375609 at London Victoria.jpg 3 or 4 100 160 140 1999–2005
Class 465 / 466 466024 approaches Rochester.JPG EMU 4 (465)

2 (466)

75 120 145 (465)

43 (466)


Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Quail Map 5 – England South [pages 2–13] Sept 2002 (Retrieved 14 December 2011)

Other websites[change | change source]