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London’s hidden railway line that’s the hardest to find in the city today

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London’s railway lines are full of fascinating secrets, and this one may surprise you as it’s very hard to find.

Hidden in the murky depths of south east London are a series of old railway stations that once ran from Nunhead to Greenwich Park.

The railway line, which was first opened by the London, Chatham and Dover railway in 1871, and operated under five stations.

It began at Nunhead, followed by Brockley Lane, Lewisham Road, Blackheath Hill and Greenwich Park – though the final station did not open until 1888.

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The site of the first Nunhead railway site

Unfortunately, the line stopped altogether as a major route and closed for good in 1917.

Nowadays, it’s hard to find where the station’s once existed as parts have become overgrown or transformed into allotments.

But with a little investigating, My London can now tell you exactly how to find them.

Nunhead

There’s not much to see at this original station site, as it’s sadly been demolished.

However, it shortly became rectified in 1925, and a new Nunhead station was built and is now a frequent service for passenger trains.

Brockley Lane

The set of stairs and little passage leads up to the old Brockley Lane railway station

The set of stairs and little passage leads up to the old Brockley Lane railway station

Brockley Lane railway station was one of the first places to operate under the London, Chatham and Dover railway line, and is less than 200 yards from Brockley’s modern-day London Overground station.

The former station, which sits on top of Brockley railway station, can be accessed by a small set of steps.

The steps eventually lead to the old subway and station building where Brockley Lane once stood – the old station is now a place of residence.

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Lewisham Road

Lewisham Road railway station still exists, though this old station building has now transformed into a junk shop.

However, a better view of the station can be seen along the bridge, which gives you a better idea of exactly where the platforms were.

Blackheath Hill

Blackheath Hill railway station looks a little different now!

Blackheath Hill railway station looks a little different now!

As you head out even further east towards Greenwich, you will find a Blackheath Hill’s station covered in garden allotments, while old signs and a property with some very typical-station features right alongside it.

This station is particularly hard to spot because so many modern buildings have been constructed in recent years, but the huge patch of allotments are a big clue.

Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park railway station is now an Ibis hotel

Greenwich Park railway station is now an Ibis hotel

Finally, the last stop on this century-old railway line is Greenwich Park, which is now used as a carpark.

The actual station building itself is now a popular modern-day Ibis hotel for Londoners and tourists.

Let us know in the comments section here if you’ve ever followed this old South London railway trail. We’d love to know!

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