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Kent Coast Line
Southeastern EMUs at Ramsgate in 2019
OwnerNetwork Rail
South East England
TypeSuburban rail, Heavy rail
SystemNational Rail
Operator(s)SE Trains
Rolling stock
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Route map

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The Kent Coast Line is the railway line that runs from Minster East Jn to Buckland Jn connecting Ramsgate and Dover Priory in the English county of Kent.

It was electrified (750 V DC third rail) by BR under the 1955 Modernisation Plan.


As of November 2021, the off-peak service is operated as an extension of the South Eastern Main Line service from Charing Cross to Dover Priory. Trains run hourly terminating at Ramsgate. Services are operated by SE Trains using class 375 units. Some peak trains use Cannon Street or are High Speed 1 services to or from London St. Pancras.[1]

During the late 2010s, the entire off-peak service was run as part of the High Speed domestic service, running in a loop around the coast with trains at both ends continuing towards St. Pancras via Ashford International and Faversham.[2][3] This service was ended after the COVID pandemic massively reduced rail use.[4]

A small number of the peak services run to Minster on the Ashford to Ramsgate line before reversing back onto the coast line as a school service, running Ramsgate-Minster-Sandwich-Deal in the mornings and the reverse in the evenings.[1]


The South Eastern Railway's (SER) first main line went to Dover via Folkestone and Ashford. The SER Ashford to Margate Broadstairs and Ramsgate (via Canterbury West) line was then extended south to Deal. This was linked up by the "Dover & Deal Joint Railway" with their bitter rival the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR).

Upon the joint management of the SER and LCDR in 1899 the track layout at Ashford rationalised, with Thanet receiving similar treatment (by Southern) in the 1920s.

The line was electrified under the BR 1955 Modernisation Plan, in "Kent Coast Electrification (Stage 2)" opening January 1961.

The building of the railway was significant in the development of seaside resorts like Broadstairs.

Dover track layout

The Railway Clearing House produced a map that shows the complex layout of this area. This shows the separate connection to the pier where trains used to board ferries.


  1. ^ a b "Timetables". Southeastern. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  2. ^ "A Study in Sussex Part 3: HS1 to Hastings?". London Reconnections. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  3. ^ Perkins, Eleanor. "Towns could lose out on number of high speed trains". Kent Online. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  4. ^ Lennon, Sam. "MP Natalie Elphicke asks Southeastern for return of all-day hugh speed trains for Deal area". KentOnline. Retrieved 1 November 2021.