Even though it was one of the shortest lines ever constructed by the South Eastern Railway, the Hythe & Sandgate branch held wonderous aspirations. Devised as anew route to the Continent, for thirty years the SER planned and fought for its extension through to Folkstone Harbour. Its tireless proponent, Sir Edward Watkin, used every ploy and contrivance to woo the wealthy and powerful landowners who stood in the way. As a result, this is not only the story of a 3 mile long branch line, but of a struggle for supremacy that lasted for more than half a century.
Hardcover, 176 pages, 173 b/w illustrations, 16 maps and architectural drawings.