Kent Coast Line
|Kent Coast Line|
|Stations North to South
Services are operated by Southeastern.
The South Eastern Railway's (SER) first mainline went to Dover via Folkestone and Ashford. The SER Ashford to Margate and Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line was then extended south to Deal. This was linked up by the "Dover & Deal Joint Railway" with their bitter rival the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR).
Upon the joint management of the SER and LCDR in 1899 the track layout at Ashford and Thanet was rationalised.
The line was extensively used by boat trains to reach both Dover and Folkestone harbours.
The line was electrified under the 1955 BR Modernisation plan.