A £55 million rail upgrade this weekend has seen Network Rail reveal pictures of Eltham Park station which closed in 1985.
The infrastructure company showed a number of pictures of staff working around the old station and platforms. The station closed along with Eltham Well Hall when the current Eltham station opened in 1985 alongside the adjacent Rochester Way relief road.
The current station building remains though not in the best condition with signage falling off:
One side of the former station is in use by Pottery on the Parade, a cafe which offers pottery and painting classes. I’d originally passed this spot a number of times unaware a station formerly existed here and wondered why so many shops appeared to be located in a spot relatively close to the High Street. Seems obvious now.
The other station that closed in 1985 was Eltham Well Hall located a couple of hundred metres west of the current station. It is known as the spot of a rail crash in 1972 caused by a drunk driver. Accounts of the incident show the radically different safety culture back then. Five died and 126 were injured as a 20 mph corner was taken at an estimated 60-65mph.
The extensive work being carried out in the area, which has caused the closure of both the Eltham and Woolwich lines, will be covered in a subsequent post.
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