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Gillingham railway station is near the town centre of Gillingham, Kent. The station is on the Chatham mainline and has 3 platforms.
Railway type and traffic
Southeastern classes 375s 465s and 466s regularly stop / terminate at the station. At early mornings the 508s and 376s can be seen too.
There are frequent ECS moves with the 508s and 465s.
Freight is not very frequent, the Sheerness steel workings (DB Schenker class 66 hauled) is the most common along with weekend engineering. Railtours pass by too.
The station is quite busy especially in peak times, the eastern edges of the platforms are best for pictures as the western end is more built up and is fairly dark. The station is staffed till late during the week and is safe. However, I would not advise going on Saturdays when the local football is on.
From the M2, Junction 4:
Go down the A278 towards Gillingham, at the Bowaters roundabout take the first exit. Head along the A2 until you see a turning for the A231, go down the A231 until you approach a set of traffic lights outside the station, turn right into Railway street and after 300 yards you should see the station car park.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Gillingham Station map co-ordinates
The station has a car park 500 yards down Railway street, you will have to pay to park there.
Arriva Medway Towns routes 101 and 182 go near the station.
If coming from London it is best to get the train here.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The station is near the high street, where the usual array of shops can be found.
There is the King Charles hotel which is a bus ride away. Get the routes 182, 101 or 114 from the town centre and they all stop at the hotel.
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Gillingham Station general view map
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All platforms provide good views of passing trains, platforms 1 and 2 are the best, as platform 3 are normally full of people heading to the Kent coast. The footbridge is best but it has wired fencing but you can poke your camera.
The light is good all day but in early mornings (especially in winter) eastern views can be ruined by the morning sun but after 10:00 it should be fine.
The noise from the nearby roads can pose a problem for people who are making videos.
General views - All photographs © Steven Thomas unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
Fig 2 - Looking east
Fig 3 - Looking west
Fig 4 - Looking east
Fig 5 - Looking west
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