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Hoo Junction

Hoo Junction lies on the North Kent line between Gravesend and Higham. It is a mass of over 30 sidings, all of which hold stock such as diesel locomotives and engineers' trains. A platform for staff, aptly named "Staff Halt" was built at the junction in 1956 and on occasions a passenger service today will stop there to allow railway crew to disembark. At the end of the halt are the junction signals for the branch to Grain (a part of the branch which once went to Allhallows-on- Sea).

Diagram

diagram by David Glasspool

 
Hoo Junction Looking along the lines towards Higham and the branch to Grain. The down Staff Halt platform can be seen on the near left and the up platform in the background, on the right of the tracks. Some of the posts evident used to carry overhead wires. The line branching immediately to the right, goes into the main yard.

photograph by David Glasspool

 
A line up of EWS locomotives. From right to left - class 60, class 66, class 58, class 37 and a class 73 electro-diesel.

photograph by Mike Glasspool

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Hoo Junction In the fields surrounding Hoo Junction can be found old ventilated van bodies used by local farmers and land owners, with severe rusting all over.

photograph by Mike Glasspool

 
The yard's current diesel shunter is Class 09, Nº09010, which still wears BR's old rail blue livery, although somewhat faded.

photograph by David Glasspool

09010
 
Hoo Tanker A rusting 14T tank wagon with temporary painted letters 'EWS', basks in the evening sun alongside the fading sign proclaiming the English Welsh and Scottish Railway's presence.

photograph by David Glasspool

 
A view of the down Staff Halt platform and shelter. This is the original structure from 1956, with some later changes such as a Network South East name board and wood blocking out the shelter windows.

photograph by David Glasspool

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Hoo Wagons A line of 46T VDA sliding wall vans, a common sight in the yard.

photograph by David Glasspool

 
A relatively new (in March 2003) piece of freight rollingstock on the network is EWS' 102T BRA steel strip carrier, finished in EWS maroon. Three of the type are pictured here in the Hoo yard.

photograph by David Glasspool

Hoo Wagons

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This page was last updated 20 March 2003

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