Between the Thames and Medway estuaries in Kent lies the Hoo peninsula. This tract of land was frequently described as depressing and dreary and, until as late as 1917 (when a major attempt was made to eliminate it) rampant with marsh fever -
In 1906 six halts were opened on the line in an attempt to generate local traffic, whilst in 1931 the Southern Railway commenced building a branch line from where the line crossed the Grain road between Middle Stoke and Grain Crossing Halts .This branch was 1 % miles long and terminated near the tiny village of Allhallows, which in the 1930s had a population of around 360.
An article published in April 1932 in the Southern Railway Magazine set out the Southern Railway’s high hopes and perhaps pie-
A concrete halt was built where the line left the Grain line and was named Stoke Junction. The line was ready in May 1932, with the first public train running on 14 May. The line was single track throughout and Allhallows station was a single platform with a run round loop and small platform signal box. The station was about a quarter-
I fell in love with this line first in late 1960, when as a 13 year-