Maidstone was lucky because of the competition between the LCDR and the SER. Also because it was on the route to somewhere. So it
got two routes to London and four stations, and still has a good train service. A place with fewer people, and not on the route to
anywhere in particular, had a railway which did not survive. Remember the Westerham branch? In the latter days operated by a
Bulleid WC or BB pacific, with two or three coaches, on the branch as far as Dunton Green - All change for Sevenoaks one way or
London the other.
The Garrett was probably 6029, which I rode behind on a memorable trip to Cooma. Not far from there, they realised that the water
in the tender was nearly empty, and we sat in a wide open grassy plain while the local fire brigade put a few loads of water into
the tender. A very enjoyable trip, even so.
Canberra has two railway stations, Canberra in the back of beyond, nearer to Queanbeyan, and Yass Junction, even further. At leas
there was a good service by bus to and from Yass Junction - meeting most trains!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Graham Hockingpf4366@... [TramsDownUnder]" TramsDownUnder@...>
Sent: Friday, March 03, 2017 10:40 PM
Subject: Re: [TramsDownUnder] ACT Heritage Council moves to protect relics of Canberra's railway past
>i first visited Canberra some time after arriving in Australia in
> 1973,and was quite astounded that the capital city had only a token
> station and a patheic rail service. There was a double mountain Garrett,
> cold, in the yard, -with what future?
> I came from Maidstone, the county town of Kent, population at that time
> 59,000 (much more now.) Four stations within the borough were Maidstone
> East, West and Barracks, plus Tovil. Services to London from the East
> (to Victoria via Bromley South) or West (via Strood to Cannon Street or
> Charing Cross) stations were hourly by their different routes.
> On 3/03/2017 3:02 PM, Geoffreygnhansen29@... [TramsDownUnder]
>> It's a shame that the to Civic didn't survive. Capital cities need a
>> proper rail terminal IMHO.
>> Regards Geoffrey
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>> relics of Canberra's railway past
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