The Anonymous Widower

Sydenham Hill Station – 11th March 2022

When I wrote Advance Warning Of Brixton To Beckenham Junction Rail Closure In July, I realised I’d never been to Sydenham Hill station.

So this morning, I went to have a look.


  1. Penge tunnel doesn’t look to be the widest of tunnels.
  2. Few if any freight trains, seem to use the route.
  3. Sydenham Hill station, certainly isn’t one of the grandest of stations.

I doubt there’s much work to do at the station, during the closure.

March 11, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,


  1. […] Sydenham Hill Station – 11th March 2022 shows the station and Penge Tunnel. […]

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  2. It wasn’t uncommon for EPB’s to lose door handles in Penge Tnl as the bodies had a lot more roll then compared to modern stock. Also the tunnel wasn’t cleared for the enhanced gauge that the classic route to the Channel Tunnel was enhanced for and they have to go via Catford Loop.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | March 11, 2022 | Reply

    • Not surprised at what you say. It looks a bit like Stoke Tunnel at Ipswich did. I think they widened that to ease a bottleneck about 20-30 years ago.

      Comment by AnonW | March 12, 2022 | Reply

  3. Works at Stoke Tunnel about 20 years ago were done to lower the floor to accept 9ft 6 in containers on the main line south from Ipswich.While the works were being done there was a shuttle bus between Manningtree and Ipswich to bridge the gap.
    The alternative route was via Cambridge.

    Comment by hughsteavenson | March 13, 2022 | Reply

    • Thanks! I also remember that before they electrified through Ipswich, there was talk of singling the line through the tunnel.

      Comment by AnonW | March 13, 2022 | Reply

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