Tilbury Riverside

Tilbury's original railway station

1946 OS map showing Tilbury Riverside and the triangular junction of railway lines

Tilbury’s first railway station was opened in 1854. It was originally called Tilbury Fort, but this was soon shortened simply to Tilbury. In 1936 the name was changed again to Tilbury Riverside.

It sat at the southern end of a triangular junction of railway lines. Trains could bypass the Riverside station, but if it was used, trains would go in forwards and leave backwards.

The station closed in 1992. Although the tracks have gone, the booking hall remains and currently possible future uses of the building are being considered.

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  • The Riverside Station has many memories from my childhood to my Police days. Growing up in the Fifties and Sixties the Riverside was a gateway to Gravesend and its facilities. The shopping centre, The Cinema. and of course its swimming pool. The train to Fenchurch Street, London also Southend, Leigh, Westcliff and other resorts. Buses serving Romford, Highgate, Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich. With ships from all over the world mooring alongside the Landing Stage and cars waiting to use the car ferry made the Riverside a hive of activity. During my police days I had to deal with a death of a driver, burglaries in the Bomb Crater and Kiosks in the booking hall.

    By Peter Hewitt MBE (25/05/2012)

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