Sole Street

20th November 2004

A look at the station building's platform fa├žade reveals that the white paint is not continued from the rear. The absence of the paint allows a clear view of the typical LC&DR cream brickwork, still in evidence at many of the company's surviving stations. Note that the canopy here only protects the immediate surrounds of the building entrance. © David Glasspool

20th November 2004

An eastward view reveals the original waiting shelter and the 1937 lattice footbridge. The shelter here is unusually lengthy and its side walls formerly extended around to the front, each end at least reaching the first canopy strut. The brick foundations are prominent in blue, although several paint applications over the years gives them a concrete appearance. © David Glasspool

1st June 2010

Class 375 No. 375615 was seen passing through Victoria-bound, forming the front part of an eight-vehicle formation, by which time the footbridge had been repainted and the lampposts completely renewed. © David Glasspool

31st May 2010

A special guest: Peppercorn "A1" Pacific No. 60163 "Tornado" passes through Sole Street, hauling just a single BR Mk 1 support coach. The locomotive was heading to Hither Green Depot, via St Mary Cray and Chislehurst Junctions. The engine had been declared a "failure" at Canterbury West, before hauling a return leg of a rail tour. The latter had emanated from Newport, South Wales, and been diesel hauled to Willesden Junction, No. 60163 taking over there. During a layover at Canterbury, concerns about a boiler stay were brought to the fore, and it was decided the best course of action would be to remove the locomotive from service. ©