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A company entitled the Deal & Dover Railway, to be worked by the London, Dover & Chatham Railway, was authorized by an Act of 5 July 1865, but doubtless due to the impecunious state of the LC&DR was not proceeded with and was abandoned by an Act of 1871. The existing Deal & Dover Joint Railway, 8 miles and 44 chains in length, was authorized by an Act of 30 June 1874 and was built jointly by the South Eastern Railway and its arch-enemy the London, Chatham & Dover. The first sod was cut by the Earl of Granville on 29 June 1876 and the line opened for goods and passenger traffic on 15 June 1881. There were intermediate stations between Dover and Deal at Martin Mill and Walmer. The joint management committee of the LC&DR and SER provided a model for the future South Eastern & Chatham Railways Joint Committee. In 1897 a military branch railway, called the Martin Mill Military Railway, was built from Martin Mill by a tortuous route up the cliffs to a point above Dover, enabling military materials to be brought to the Admiralty Pier at Dover via this branch and the Dover & Deal line. This was originally built to facilitate construction of the pier, but proved to be of considerable strategic importance in World Wars I and II. To disguise the railway from the enemy a tall fence was built in front of it, and in World War I some Great Western locomotives were fitted with condensing apparatus to hide the highly visible steam. In World War II diesel locomotives were used for the same reason. The Deal & Dover Joint Railway is now part of the Kent Coast Line.
Map of the Dover & Deal Joint Railway and Connections
Postcard view of the Dover end of the Martin Mill Military Railway
The terminus of the Minster & Deal Railway at Deal at the time of opening in 1847. This now forms a through station for trains from Ramsgate via Deal and the Dover & Deal Joint Railway to Dover, though the overall roof no longer survives
Walmer station in around 1914. The running-in sign reads "Walmer for Kingsdown"
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