The role played by railways in the history of Whitstable

Canterbury & Whitstable Railway


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 "Overview" by Brian Smith

Brian Smith provides an overview of the famous "Crab and Winkle" line. Opened in 1830, it was one of the oldest rail services in the world and gave rise to some notable "firsts" in railway history. It officially closed in 1952 but re-opened briefly during the floods of 1953.

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"C&WR at the Harbour" by Terry Phillips

The railway was originally built to provide Canterbury with access to a seaport. It linked the city with Whitstable harbour which opened in 1832. Terry Phillips focuses on the railway's harbour activities.

London to Thanet Line


Battle of Britain locomotive on London to Thanet Line

"London-Thanet Line - First 85 Years" by Brian Smith

The London-Thanet line arrived in Whitstable in 1860 and, to this day, it remains our main public transport link to the wider world. Along the way it impacted on the town's development, its people and it's functions.