RE­TURN TICKET

Steam Railway (UK) - - Contents - DAVID STAINES

Then On Jan­uary 24 2009, ‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ No. 34067 Tang­mere pre­pares to leave Folke­stone Har­bour for the last time, just two months be­fore No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell hauled the last pas­sen­ger train over the branch be­fore clo­sure. The line’s demise be­gan with the open­ing of the Chan­nel Tun­nel and the sub­se­quent aban­don­ment of com­pet­ing cross-Chan­nel fer­ries in 2000. NICK BRO­DRICK/SR Now The viaduct over the In­ner Har­bour has since been re­stored and re­opened as a walk­way over the wa­ter, seen on March 29. How­ever, the ex­ist­ing dou­ble track was not lifted and has been re­tained, in­clud­ing the point­work which had been deemed too dan­ger­ous to al­low the very last work­ing on the branch in 2012 to cross the viaduct. Now em­bed­ded into the walk­way, it is un­likely to give much trou­ble again!

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