Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway

Eastern Counties And Thames Junction Railway

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The Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway in east London connected the Royal Docks with the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR). Authorised in 1844, it opened in 1846, and was absorbed by the ECR in 1847. The ECR in turn amalgamated with other railways to form the Great Eastern Railway in 1862.


The EC&TJR opened in 1846, from Stratford to Canning Town, to transport coal to the mouth of Bow Creek. A year later it was extended to North Woolwich via West Silvertown, allowing connections with the Woolwich Ferry; the same year it was taken over by the Eastern Counties Railway.

When the Royal Victoria Dock opened in 1855 the line between Canning Town and North Woolwich had to be equipped with a swingbridge over the entrance to the dock, which slowed down journey times. In response, the line was rerouted north of the dock, and a station at Custom House opened. The south loop remained in service for local factories and was renamed the Silvertown Tramway.

Several branches were opened in due course; in 1872 the Gas Light and Coke Company opened a branch running north-east to Beckton (not the current site of Beckton DLR station) to serve its gasworks thereJackson A.A, London's Local Railways, David & Charles, 1978, ISBN 0-7153-7479-6 ; in 1880, as the Royal Albert Dock opened, an extension to Gallions opened, running due east along the north edge of the...
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