Seen here in the late 1950s and standing close to the slip road up to Brasted station, this overbridge carried the single track of the Westerham Valley Railway over Station Road. Today, standing in its place is a six-lane overbridge carrying the M25 motorway.
There was no station built at Chevening when the railway was opened in 1881, but in 1906 an unstaffed ‘halt’ was erected for the sum of £50 including the steps from the roadbridge and the gate. It was operated like a request stop, so if nobody asked for it when boarding the train, and no-one ...
Obviously now with a much-elevated ground-level, what is now a tarmac footpath to the village school at Dunton Green was the track-bed of the branch-line going under the A224 London Road heading towards Dunton Green station junction.
Trains leaving Dunton Green junction bound for Westerham would have chuffed under this roadbridge on the way to their first stop at Chevening Halt, slightly less than a mile away.
This subway at Dunton Green was built with the line in 1881 to allow passenger access from the village to Dunton Green station by walking under the branch-line. The branch has been closed for 57 years now, but the subway is still there and still in use. The row of trees beyond it in this ...
Coming out of the subway and looking towards Dunton Green village across the fields reveals the original South Eastern and Chatham Railway cast-iron gateposts of 1881 still supporting the boundary fence wires demarcating the extent of railway land for the branch.
This is the view out of the subway onto the field footpath that leads to Dunton Green village. Original South Eastern Railway railings and fence posts still exist identifying the boundary of what was ‘railway land’, not to be trespassed on.
This is the view of the entrance to the subway as seen by people walking across the field from Dunton Green village on their way to the station.
Looking-up from the subway tunnel at the lower-level reveals the overgrown track-bed embankment curving away to the west of Dunton Green station over the top of the subway.
Looking south-west across Dunton Green station carpark shows the overgrown track-bed of the branch-line curving away to the west in the direction of Chevening Halt, Brasted and Westerham.
Here a shot of the overgrown trackbed not far from the site of Chevening Halt, taken in September 2017.
A distant view of the trackbed between Dunton Green and Chevening is marked by the tree line of fifty-six years overgrowth on the unadopted land.
This and the following five photographs depict the closed brach-line at Westerham between 1962 and 1964. A rather dismal scene.