For those of you who have never been to the old one - opened in 1892 - I can inform you that it was THE coldest station in the UK, exposed to biting easterlies blowing in off the Thames Estuary. The entrance was depressing and the passageway and staircases downright Victorian, well they were I suppose. So it was with a sense of anticipation I parked up in the old market place where I used to watch the trains go by as a boy, and saw the rather imposing new glass building that has been built around 500 yards from the old station.
|The new Rochester Station|
|Inside the new entrance hall|
|The new shelters on PLatform 1|
|Looking back towards the old Rochester station|
|376002 passing through|
|Thou shalt not enter platform 3 yet|
|Rochester signal box, which will be decommissioned in a couple of years|
|Networker 465190 London bound|
|Javelin clas 395009|
I have spent many happy hours in my life in Rochester Cathedral, and in and around the Castle. I also happen to rather like the Javelins, and those who are complaining about Siemens winning contracts for GWR clearly haven't been on a Javelin. I can't wait to see the superior spec. However always on the look out for a decent pic I'll settle for this one, showing the Javelin against the historic backdrop of Rochester. I hope the new station is a success.
|Rochester Cathedral, Castle and a Javelin!|