Notes: The London Chatham & Dover Railway opened its
Dover Priory Station on 22.7.1861 and on 1.11.1861 and extension
through the 684 yards Dover Harbour Tunnel was opened to a
new temporary terminus at Dover Harbour. The permanent terminus
was completed after February 1865 and was known as Dover Town
and Harbour and was renamed Dover Harbour on 1.7.1899. The
station had an overall roof over its two platforms. There
was also an unusual feature, with part of the the down platform
on wheels. This allowed a section of the platform to be swung
out of the way giving access to the line to the Prince of
Wales Pier and the Promenade Railway.
On 30.8.1864 Chatham trains also ran on into the SER's Admiralty
Pier station where there was interchange with continental
ferries. This service ceased with the withdrawal of continental
ferries in August 1914 after the start of WW1.
In June 1881 a double track link line to a point close to
the South Eastern Railway's Dover Town Station was build to
permit through working of South Eastern Railway trains over
the newly opened joint line to Deal.
There were now three stations in the harbour area and on
14.10.1914 the SER's Dover Town station was closed with all
local South Eastern trains being diverted over the Hawkesbury
Street Curve into the LCD's Dover Priory Station. The number
of trains calling at Dover Harbour Station was also gradually
reduced until it too was closed from 11.7.1927. The platforms
and overall roof were removed two years after closure but
the main station building is still extant.
For further information on Dover's railways and the Admiralty
Pier see Dover
- Lock and key of the Kingdom web site
See also Dover
Admiralty Pier Station & Dover
(Western Docks) Station