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Ashford’s abandoned railway station everyone has forgotten about

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Original article from Kent Live

Ashford International is a train station we all know of.

The Eurostar trains take passengers to France, Belgium and the Netherlands, and the station has been a vital link between the nations for many years.

However, it is a little-known fact that there was once another railway station serving the town.

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That station was Ashford West.

Ashford West consisted of three platforms and the station site was largely intact until 1999 before it was demolished when the construction of HS1 got under way.

The reason you may not have been familiar with it, though, is because it wasn't actually available for use to commuters for 100 years in the time before its existence was brought to an end.

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In-fact, it was only ever open to passengers for 15 years between 1884 and 1899.

Eurostar trains take passengers from Ashford International into Europe nowadays

After that, the station was used for cattle and sheep traffic due to its close location to Ashford's cattle market.

While in use, Ashford West was at the end of the original Maidstone line.

When the South Eastern and Chatham Railway was formed, passenger services were transferred to South Eastern Railway's Ashford station – now known as Ashford International.

How Ashford West used to look and what happened to it

Two signal boxes controlled the station, which as well as the three platforms, had a carriage shed and an engine shed with a turntable at the station.

The engine shed closed in January 1899 and was later converted into a works for cleaning cloths used in locomotive cleaning.

Meanwhile the turntable was removed and taken to Deal in 1904.

The platform canopies were intact in the mid 1930s, but had been removed by July 1957.

Ashford West as a site remained largely intact up to 1985 and the main station building itself was still standing in 1994.

Everything was finally demolished in 1999 for the construction of HS1.

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