Station Name: CRANBROOK

[Source: Nick Catford]


Cranbrook Station Gallery 2: Last Day - July 2014

Cranbrook station on Saturday 10 June 1961, the last day of public service. The usual 2 coach push-and-pull set 656 is augmented by three Maunsell corridor coaches with ex SECR 0-6-0 31588. This C class loco was designed by Wainwright and built at Ashford works in March 1908. They were designed for freight duties, although occasionally used for passenger trains such as hop-picking specials. After withdrawal from Stewarts Lane shed in June 1962 this one was cut up at Ashfrod works the following month. One example 31592 has survived in preservation on the Bluebell Railway and  featured as the 'Green Dragon' locomotive in the a television versiuon of The Railway Children.
Photo by Ian D Nolan, from his Flickr photostream

Cranbrook station on Saturday 10 June 1961, the last day of public service. There are more passengerws than usual but not exactly a crown of railway enthusiasts.
Photo by Ian D Nolan, from his Flickr photostream

Cranbrook goods yard on Saturday 10 June 1961, the last day of public service. The yard closed on the same day but the line into the goods shed clearly hasn't seen any traffic for a long time. At least one coal merchant continued to trade from the yard at least into the 1980s.
Photo by Ian D Nolan, from his Flickr photostream

Cranbrook goods shed on Saturday 10 June 1961, the last day of public service. There was another goods shed at the far end of the yard.
Photo by Ian D Nolan, from his Flickr photostream

Cranbrook station in September 1967. Apart from the track being lifted threwe years earlier, little has
changed since closure.
P
hoto by Nick Catford

Cranbrook Station forecourt in September 1967. The goods shed can be seen in the background.
Photo by Nick Catford

Cranbrook station looking north-west along the platform in September 1967. The second goods shed can just be made out in the distance.
Photo by Nick Catford

Cranbrook station looking north-west c late 1960s.

Cranbrook Station forecourt in July 1976. The goods shed is still there.
Photo by Nick Catford

Cranbrook Station in July 1976. The platform awning has been boxed in and the
building is used as a pottery
Photo by Nick Catford

Cranbrook station building in 1984. The pottery has gone and the building is now
looking very dilapidated.
Photo by Ben Brooksbank

Cranbrook station buildings in May 2004. The house remains in good condition. The station building has been repaired and now has a new roof.
Photo by D J Hayward

Cranbrook station in July 2014. The signal box is seen on the left. The goods shed
is seen in the distance.
Photo by Marathon, reproduced from Geograph under creative commons licence

A oil painting showing Cranbrook station in Summer 1959. The original hangs in the station
house at Cranbrook.
Painting by Gillian Tapsell. To buy a a print visit Gillian's Ebay shop.


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[Source: Nick Catford]


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