DISUSED and abandoned dock sidings
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DISUSED and abandoned dock sidings

September 30, 2019


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89 Comments

  • Reply denelson83 March 18, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Don't you just love the sound a Networker makes when it pulls away?

  • Reply Bruce Morgan March 18, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Very accommodating Network Rail worker – taking those pictures in the signal box for you 🙂 Nice video – thanks for sharing.

  • Reply onrr1726 March 18, 2018 at 4:08 am

    the sidings are probably kept in place should something to big for transport over the road is planed for arrival the railroad could move it. There are plenty of places like that here in the U.S. as well that have disused sidings going into them as well.

  • Reply freebrickproductions March 18, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Great video! How the signal facing the sidings still functions reminds me of an abandoned CSX line in Atlanta, Georgia that still had a functional (IIRC) signal facing it. Kinda surprised the small signal box at the junction is still there and mostly intact! Cool how the NR worker got those pictures for ya. There's a few abandoned lines in my area that I could probably do videos on. Especially nice find with the abandoned AOCL there as well!

  • Reply Kent Rail Observer March 18, 2018 at 9:14 am

    How did you get down there

  • Reply Area 51 March 18, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I think network rail should reuse that signal like hand it over to tfl for the cross rail to use

  • Reply D D.Greene Films March 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Great Video and thanks for sharing your video.

  • Reply RML Bobby D March 18, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Fabulous video. Thanks for sharing. Quite nostalgic looking at the old stuff – maybe kept to send disused Locos & stock, eventually?! That looked like an old lamp case. Cheers, Bob

  • Reply jason adams March 18, 2018 at 11:07 am

    box with logo is a rear flashing warning light workers hooked to any freight when its being moved

  • Reply 12 Volts March 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    white plastic thing was a tail light …

  • Reply James Smith March 18, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Really great find! I wonder is they will ever be used again. They are still connected after all…

  • Reply darthdogboy March 18, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    The line should be restored

  • Reply Olan Kenny March 18, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    "Extremely overgrown and practically impassible" send a steamer down it and see if it remains overgrown
    The impassible bit we'll deal with once the fire brigade are done ?

  • Reply Nigel Dallison March 18, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Very informative. What a waste.

  • Reply microbusss March 18, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    how long are these sidings?

  • Reply Travis Rabble March 19, 2018 at 2:32 am

    You didn't ask a network rail employee to take those pictures, you trespassed and took them yourself.

  • Reply Allan Dawes March 19, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Well with all that overgrowth and rotten sleepers, I'd say they can't use it. I wonder if network rail would be willing to sell or donate the track to othe railways, who are more in need of some bullhead rail.

  • Reply al66class59 March 19, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Another fantastic assortment of viewing here.

  • Reply colliecandle March 19, 2018 at 7:25 am

    This line is reminiscent of the 'mothballed' Portishead branch, which happily, is now used again ( freight only to and from Portbury at this time )

  • Reply Hampshire Brony March 19, 2018 at 7:43 am

    The signal is still on to maintain interlocking. The other route can only be cleared if that route is proven to be set and the route from the siding is not set. It's a lot cheaper to keep running that signal than to rework the interlocking to ignore it

  • Reply David Whitecross March 19, 2018 at 8:18 am

    very interesting. This is the sort of grey land that should be used for housing instead of green belt

  • Reply Ian Clampin March 19, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Did anybody else duck when he went under the fence?

  • Reply TimeMaster March 19, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Great video. It took me awhile to find it on Google Earth because the abandoned tracks almost never showed up. I used the bridge as a reference point, but the tracks near there were all running the wrong way. Once I found the right tracks, it was no problem following along.

  • Reply 47606odin March 19, 2018 at 11:01 am

    The sidings were actually last used about 10 years ago for a trial paper train.

  • Reply danthetrainman56 March 19, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    why is that signal on if the track is unused?

  • Reply SteamboatWilley March 19, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Very informative video. It would be nice if this line was put back into use.

  • Reply Ian Watson March 19, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Takes me back nearly half a century as a nipper, with me uncle Ray in his class 33 on the occasional Ford run along there and on one or two occasions me dad had walked down from Swale signal box to open the line up, several summers I spent going to work with me uncle cos me mum and dad both working couldn't find babysitters so spent my time lurking in diesel cabs out of Hoo Jnc, if for some reason Ray had to work extra, him and me dad arranged for me to be picked up by an EPB at Hoo and dropped off at Milton and I had to run up the hill as fast as me legs could carry me before the driver would set off, quick leggit up Thong Lane and home, I got to know Ridham, Sheerness and Queensferry sidings so well, wasn't allowed on the Dagenham runs but often saw Hither Green, Rochester and rare Old Oak or Willesden then it all ended with me uncle getting run over by an EPB at Higham and my dad getting promoted to relief at Cuxton. No fizzy drinks in them days, BR tea was all I could get and Ray was an absolute genius in knowing where to get a free fillup on his canteen and he had a spare for me and often had me at the hotplate, to this day many long years later I prefer a cup of tea to just about anything and Typhoo too as that was what the drivers got, thick treacly stuff made up with evap milk or powder milk, thems was happy days…

  • Reply RichTurnerMusic March 19, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    So depressing and short sighted.

  • Reply Paul Williams March 19, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    I wonder if it is still in situ because the Navy may have use for the dock in a national emergency. Sorting out the trackwork would be a straightforward job. Rail connected ROF Glascoed near Usk has a similarly overgrown permanent way and hasn't seen traffic in twenty years but remains as a contingency.

  • Reply inside outside upside downside March 19, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Almost a mysterious feel about the abandonment / isolation / historical significance.

  • Reply Paul Devey March 20, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Great video. You need to buy a drone for these videos

  • Reply J B March 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Another great video! That long siding by knauf used to serve a powerstation with MGR trains. It used to produce the electricity and steam for the big papermills at Kemsley and Sittingbourne. There used to be an engine shed with a local hunslet shunter when I lived up that way in the early 90's.

  • Reply Muhaimin48 Busfan March 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Awesome video ?

  • Reply SesamaLho March 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Why was it abandoned?

  • Reply Tim’s Travels March 20, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Love this.

  • Reply Matt Moyes March 20, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Great work, this was really interesting again. Love these vids ?

  • Reply JOHN HEALY March 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    What a wonderful video and very interesting too.

  • Reply Novak Ingood April 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    That looks like bullhead rail section. Would that be correct?

  • Reply Andrew Pau Sawm Sian Piang April 4, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    If you give me the PCB, I might be able to get it working again.

  • Reply RUOKH April 13, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Great piece of footage and an important historical record of the Ridham Dock track layout.  I am currently working on a book which will give the history of the Queenborough Pier line and the Night TPO train that ran to the pier; only wish there were some photographic records of the line from the 1900's.  Again, thanks for recording Ridham Dock.

  • Reply Theo du Quartier April 16, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I enjoyed the video and I subscribed. I love this kind of urban exploration.

  • Reply morlrd April 17, 2018 at 6:54 am

    A very interesting video – thanks. Your videos make such a nice change from the norm on YT, which most originators seem to think don't work, unless they are blaring out BOOM BANG-A-BANG, so-called music.
    Where's mad Beeching? He missed this one! He coukld have another loony field day!

  • Reply Brian Seaman April 18, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Absolutely extraordinary video – I so glad I've subbed 🙂

  • Reply tml136 April 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Do you think network rail would us them again

  • Reply brianartillery April 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    This area is bleak to the point of being creepy. Fascinating, nevertheless.

  • Reply Computist40 April 19, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    That grade crossing looks pretty sad.

  • Reply sapper82 April 20, 2018 at 4:50 am

    The brick building is referred to as a "Ground Frame Cabin."

  • Reply Geoffrey Lee April 20, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Abandoned with rails in place. If they wish to reopen the line, then there are no environmental hearings required. This is a common in Canada. Likewise the aboriginal land issues are negated.

  • Reply TenOutOfTen April 21, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Like lol

  • Reply Bombastic Buster April 22, 2018 at 11:06 am

    What you call a "sleeper" in Britain, we call a rail tie or railroad tie in the States. I envy you. We have a limited number of passenger services from the Amtrak subsidized system. Our country is 3000 miles coast to coast. You fly or drive on the interstates. The Northeast and larger cities have rail. A 12 hr drive is sort of a normal drive. Say from Tulsa, Ok to Houston, Tx. Well, we tend to drive past the 70 or 75 mph limits though.

  • Reply Del Boy April 23, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Further down the line, between Queenborough and Sheerness, is another set of sidings that are no longer in use, that served the Sheerness steel mill. They were in use until much more recently, until the steel mill closed down. No idea if they are accessible, as I imagine the entire site is fenced off and possibly guarded.

  • Reply theo van staden April 23, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    old railway feel to this, bit spooky to, but good video!

  • Reply Del Boy April 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Also curious as to how you accessed the sidings, given that they are on the other side of the live line from the halt at Swale? Is there a crossing nearby?

  • Reply GW RailFan April 27, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    the signal still works as it would cost a lot more to get all the caballing redone and get that one signal turned off then having it kept turned red all the time.

  • Reply Samantha Young July 8, 2018 at 6:24 pm

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  • Reply David Thompson July 11, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Where is this train track because I can renew it and use it for my own railway I can also use it to build a steam locomotive and carriages as well

  • Reply graham parker August 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    if you ever get the chance go to Newcastle upon Tyne,go to a place called heaton just down from byker..there is an old disused railway siding you can walk along for a couple of mile. some of the old carriages are still there..it's a good place to go

  • Reply Mutt T. Whopull September 4, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I worked in the Recess sidings at Cricklewood from 1985 till 1997 and the Ridham Dock coal would come in to us for a loco change ( until the Class 56s worked through) and crew change. Now I know where we sent that coal.

  • Reply Espee Productions October 5, 2018 at 6:13 am

    I think that plastic thing found along the line was a tail lamp

  • Reply Joseph cheeseinthepie October 8, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Whoa…it's cool, yet eerie. I'm surprised the signals early in the branch are still maintained, as there is no point in doing so. As for that device with the British Rail logo on it, I'm not sure what that is. However, I will be Captain Obvious and say that its motherboard is completely useless, as it has been doused in moist dirt and water. I really liked this video! Regards, Joseph cheeseinthepie. 10/7/2018

  • Reply Klaus October 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    intact signal on unused siding? Could be Germany…

  • Reply Iain Botham October 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    5:58 It's a tail lamp with its lens and battery missing

  • Reply mancunian4life86 October 17, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I'm assuming there must've been some kind of rail contract price disagreements between the Network Rail and Plasterboard Factory, that's why the rails never got used.

  • Reply Daily Holidays October 17, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Happy Pasta Day to You Bro

  • Reply Paul Richman December 11, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Glad I took some pics of a coal train on that branch back in the mid 90s

  • Reply Olov Hansson December 29, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I looks like the unused railyard tracks of Rödby färje (Rödby Ferry) in Denmark, or Puttgarden Fährhafren Bahnhof (railyard) in Germany. Mostly overgrown. Just 2-4tracks used today.

  • Reply SADRailsim January 23, 2019 at 10:26 am

    What a beautifull ugly place! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Chris McCartney March 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Desolate !

  • Reply Michael Boys April 6, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I love your videos. They are like a step back in time. One question, have you ever explored a disused railway, only to discover it was not disused and a train came trundling towards you? Just curious.

  • Reply wilf ark April 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    ;(0

  • Reply bradley cook pattison April 10, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Apparently the old shunted is still in the shed just at the end of this line

  • Reply Monica Rodriguez April 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    :/

  • Reply Naveen Kumar April 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I don't know why but I felt so peaceful to watch this

  • Reply Johnny fae Denny. May 9, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    You have captured lots in this video.With no disrespect to you, it has got me depressed.Seeing wanton abandonment and disregard.I'm not surprised that drugs and alcohol abuse are rife in these parts of England.Utterly shocking.As I said, no disrespect to you, on the contrary many thanks for initiating the courage to venture into these cesspits of current times.

  • Reply Wendy McFadyen-Allerby May 16, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Enjoyed thank you very interesting seeing all the old lights still there working.

  • Reply Mark Taylor May 27, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Just fascinating, thank you for the upload.

  • Reply Mark Cant Email June 2, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you Morthren  ,  This was Interesting .   I enjoyed seeing how Things are done over There .  I also have a camera that can make it cloud up and Rain .   You Camera Takes images that are much Clearer .        Keep at it .

  • Reply warlord1usw June 3, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    When I was a kid I walked all the way down those sidings to a working docks, got picked up by security though.

  • Reply Chris June 7, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Great video! Those manual points have only seized fairly recently, they were working 5-6 years ago. Somewhere in that undergrowth near the road is also the button that operates the crossing signals on the road, that used to work recently as well!

  • Reply KERNOW E X P June 19, 2019 at 10:01 am

    The white thing you found that you didn't know what it was it's actually a railway lamp

  • Reply Michael Naisbitt June 30, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    If these sidings have been derelict for 20+ years why not rip them up for either salvage or sale to the many preserved operational railways throughout the UK. I am sure they could put the metals to better use

  • Reply Steve Read July 20, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    This line used to be used for transporting explosives/munitions to Ridham dock for export

  • Reply tony jones July 20, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I saw this station on Geoff marshals 'least used station's.He didn't tell us there was a branch!!

  • Reply Geoff Adams July 29, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Maybe the person in charge if logistics was getting a brown envelope full of £100 notes £ 50 notes and other cash incentives to abandon the rail service to the plant.rail is still more efficient than one bloody lorry.i ve seen it in new Zealand. Close to where i live.logging trucks tranporting timber to the port of lyttelton when the same load could be transferred to wagons at Rangiora and sent to lyttleton.get trucks off the road utilize the rail network and free up the roads for commters.

  • Reply Grant Kidd July 29, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    18:19 man, you shouldn't have done that..

    Do I care?

    Noooope

  • Reply Freight Rambler August 14, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Went in there once many years ago.

  • Reply the train channel September 6, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Can you pleaseeeeee do the disused sidings at bedlington station

  • Reply the train channel September 6, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    If you cant do bedlington station sidings can you do the disused track in newsham in blyth
    Thank you

  • Reply Mr. Berlingo September 10, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I used to love looking out for all the disused industrial sidings travelling in to Paddington from Maidenhead when I was a kid. Most are built on now.

  • Reply Richard Ferrara September 19, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Had to look up fly tipping.
    In the the USA it's called illegal dumping of garbage.

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