John Speller's Web Pages Hayes Branch (SER)

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The West Wickham & Hayes Railway was incorporated by Act of Parliament on 9 July 1880 to build a 3-mile line from Elmer's End on the South Eastern Railway's Mid Kent line to Hayes. The line was vested in the South Eastern Railway by an Act of 11 August 1881 and opened on 29 May 1882. Traffic was disappointingly light in the early years and a railmotor service, introduced in April 1906, was considered adequate before World War I. Traffic grew rapidly in the years after the War, however, and the Southern Railway found it worthwhile to electrify the line in 1925. There are currently half-hourly electric services between Hayes and both Cannon Street and Charing Cross stations, operated by Southeastern.
Map of the Hayes Branch and Connections
The original wooden up station building at Eden Park has survived despite a suffragette arsen attack in 1913 and currently handles half a million passengers a year. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
West Wickham is a hodge-podge of mostly 1960s architecture, though it does retain its original covered footbridge. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Elmers End station in a postcard view of around 1910. Image courtesy of Wikimapia
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