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Written by Josh Watkins - 18 Sep 2008
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Location notes
Hollingbourne is a nice quiet country station on the Ashford - Maidstone East line, with a foot crossing very near, and a bridge, offering lovely views of the trains, with a back drop of the North Downs.
Railway type and traffic
The majority of services are usually class 465s and 466s, with 375s on fast services.
There is quite a bit of freight, mainly on weekdays, however, the Empty Steel train runs everyday, at around 18:10, with either a class 92, or 66 leading.
Environment
The station itself is very quiet, as the village it serves is very rural. The foot crossing, is in a field, just a short walk from the station, towards Maidstone. This is also very quiet.
The bridge is on a lane, with a few farmhouses nearby.
Road directions
Hollingbourne is just off the A20 between Maidstone and Ashford.
To reach the bridge, you must take a left out of the station, and follow the road through the village, and towards the play area. Once there, take a right, and follow the lane along, until there is another right turn. The bridge is a short distance along there.

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Hollingbourne map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a small car park at the station. There would not be a problem with leaving your car near the bridge either, as the lane is very quiet.
Public transport
Frequent services, hourly, run from Ashford International, or Maidstone East.

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Amenities
There is a shop about half a mile walk from the station, after turning right at the end of the driveway.
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Photographic notes
The line through the station runs roughly north west to south east so lighting will favour Ashford bound trains from morning till mid afternoon. With London bound trains prefering mid day onwards.


General views - All photographs © Josh Watkins unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south east


Fig 1 - Looking south east

From the station footbridge, looking towards Ashford.

Fig 2 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking north west

From the station footbridge looking towards Maidstone.

Fig 3 - Looking north west


Fig 3 - Looking north west

From the foot crossing looking towards Maidstone.

Fig 4 - Looking south west


Fig 4 - Looking south west

From the foot crossing

Fig 5 - Looking north west



Fig 5 - Looking north west

From the bridge looking towards Hollingbourne station

Fig 6 - Looking north west



Fig 6 - Looking north west

A wider view of fig 5.

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