Eynsford Viaduct


This impressive nine-arched red-brick viaduct is a prominent feature on the line to the delightfully-named ''Bat & Ball'' station. The structure was built by the independent ''Sevenoaks Railway'', incorporated in 1859 to link the ''Chatham'' main line with the market town of Sevenoaks. The branch was initially single-track, seeing its first services on 2nd June 1862, but the viaduct was built to accommodate two tracks from the outset, because the line was doubled in the following year. A Maidstone extension from Otford opened on 1st June 1874, this again single-track, but following in the footsteps of the original Bat & Ball line, this was soon doubled, two-track working commencing on 11th August 1875. The viaduct has nine arches of 30-foot span, and rises to a height of 75-feet above the valley.


19th November 2005


The sight and sound of the 11:45 Orient Express from London Victoria to Folkestone West on 19th November

2005 was certainly impressive. Un-rebuilt Battle of Britain Class No. 34067 ''Tangmere'' was hauling the train

on this day, with a scheduled arrival at Folkestone West of 15:15. Originally, the service was routed via

Chatham for the destination Whitstable. Last minute engineering works changed this. David Glasspool


10th August 2005


A tranquil scene includes a Class 375 heading over Eynsford Viaduct, heading in the Otford direction. The village,

a parish of Sevenoaks, is seen in the background, amongst a delightful array of trees. David Glasspool



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