Otford Junction

1st August 1992

Viewed from the Brickworks Level Crossing, looking towards Otford Junction, engineering work is underway to lay in a connection for the western end of the new "Up" Loop for Channel Tunnel freight traffic. The excavators are unloading bottom ballast from open wagons standing on the "Up" Line, whilst a rail crane stands on the "Down" Line ready to lift in the new trackwork. The excavators are standing adjacent to the site of the former Otford "B" Junction, with the formation of the old curve to Sevenoaks Junction being occupied by the row of trees behind them. A temporary speed restriction board is already in position, ready for when the line reopens for normal traffic, the upper figure (20mph) applying to freight trains, whilst the lower figure (40mph) is for passenger services. The buildings on the left form part of the closed Sevenoaks Brickworks, once served by its own siding and an extensive network of narrow gauge lines (see map). © David Morgan

8th November 1992

Some three months after the new Western end connection for the "Up" Loop had been installed (see earlier photo), no further work appears to have been carried out as the driver of 33040 & 33117 applies full power to haul 20 loaded ballast hoppers around the curve from Otford Junction. The train is the 1125 (6Z24) Hoo Junction to Weald (between Hildenborough and Sevenoaks), which due to various weekend line closures was running via the Lee Spur, Maidstone East, and Ashford, where it reversed before heading north to its destination. © David Morgan

20th September 1993

Over a year since the connection for the Western end of the new "Up" Loop had been installed and only minimal progress had been made with site clearance adjacent to the "Up" Line. However, the Brickworks Level Crossing had been closed and replaced by a new footbridge which provides the vantage point for this photo. Class 60 No. 60017 is seen approaching Otford Junction with the 1009 (6V98) Hothfield Sidings to Acton Yard service, conveying 18 empty ARC bogie hopper wagons ultimately destined for reloading at Whatley Quarry. © David Morgan