(Image: Toby Charlton-Taylor; the disused Folkestone Harbour railway station)
Folkestone today is in the midst of an ambitious and somewhat controversial transformation into a well-heeled, upmarket town. While this represents a shift for what was once a working port on the Kent coast, traces of its industrial history abound. Most notably, these include the disused Folkestone Harbour railway station, which once connected the London boat train to ferries bound for Calais and Boulogne.
(Images: Toby Charlton-Taylor)
As you can see from these photographs, the abandoned station, with its curved platforms, still covers a significant expanse of the harbour. A world unto itself, this rusted, industrial landscape seems unconnected with the upmarket cafes, restaurants and middle class homes that surround it.
(Image: Toby Charlton-Taylor)
Closed in 2008, it now acts as a reminder of a previous era in the town’s history. The Folkestone Harbour Branch Line, on which the derelict station lies, soldiered on until 2014. Now it too lies disused, though the listed viaduct and swing bridge are set to be incorporated into future redevelopment.
(Image: 51% Studios Architecture; the abandoned station platform)
(Image: Smudge 9000; 34067 Tangmere crosses the listed Folkestone Harbour viaduct in 2009)
(Image: Smudge 9000; 34067 Tangmere on the now-abandoned Folkestone Harbour Branch Line)
(Image: Bing Maps; disused Folkestone Harbour railway station and pier, reaching out into the English Channel)