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This spot is close to the site of Sharnal Street station which was to the west of the bridge and closed in 1961.
The single track branch line from Hoo Junction to Grain and Thamesport is on the Hoo Peninsula in North Kent. Hoo Junction is on the line between Gravesend and Strood. The Hoo Peninsula is an area of great contrast: isolated marshland and mudflats, farms and orchards, power stations and a container port. For bird spotters there are several RSPB
nature reserves. There are also connections with Charles Dickens, for example the church at Cooling was the inspiration for the opening scenes in Great Expectations.
Railway type and traffic
This is a freight only branch with services running Monday to Friday only, with very occasional weekend passenger excursions or Serco test trains. There is roughly one train per hour throughout the length of the line. Current workings include DB Schenker and GB Railfreight ballast from Foster Yeoman's terminal at Grain where an 08 shunter is normally resident; DB Schenker spoil workings to Grain; Freightliner workings to and from Thamesport and a intermodal service to Thamesport.
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Very quiet at the end of a dead end road.
Take the A228 towards Grain and after crossing the Grain Branch turn right at the next roundabout on to the A228 and then immediately right again doubling back on yourself until you reach the railway bridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Grain Branch, Sharnal Street map co-ordinates
Plenty of room to park.
There is the Arriva 191 and 796 bus service to Grain via High Halstow, roughly one bus per hour on weekdays.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The closest amenities are in High Halstow about a mile away.
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Grain Branch, Sharnal Street
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The only view is to the east as the A228 road bridge blocks the view to the west.
The line is a challenge for photographers being largely flat (bring stepladders!), much line side vegetation and a proliferation of electricity pylons at some locations. Also for the majority of trains one is shooting into the light with biggest challenge being the evening Fastline Class 56 service to Thamesport which is only possible to photograph on the branch in midsummer.
General views - All photographs © Jonathan Makepeace unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
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