The Westerham Valley Railway - 1999 Edition
This is an excellent and informative introduction to the subject, and is recommended for anyone interested in the history of minor British railways. This revised 1999 edition is 128 pages with photographs, drawings and maps in the text.
This branch line, five miles long, originally ran between Dunton Green and Westerham, in Kent although was originally planned to run to Oxted. Part of the track bed now lies under the M25.
"If the story of this small railway seems to have been told in great detail, compared with some books on major railways, two reasons can be advanced. First, it represented quite close to London an example of railway charm usually only found in the deep country... Second, the refusal bt authority to allow the preservation of this line for some slight advantage to the concrete monstrosity of road interchanges which now befouls the area between Chevening and Dunton Green must represent one of the worst environmental follies of recent years..."
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