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Unfulfilled Projects

Planned destination for the Gower Light RailwayColonel Stephens was involved in a number of proposals for Light Railways during the boom years for such promotions in the late Victorian and Edwardian years. He was involved in his early years in particular with the Light Railways Syndicate. Many passed the first hurdle of a Light Railway Order but most then failed through lack of capital. Some were proposed extensions of constructed railways but many remained unbuilt. Prominent amongst these were the Hadlow Light in Kent, the Gower Light in Glamorgan (pictured: planned destination), a group of lines in Central Essex and the Maidstone and Faversham Junction Light. Finally in the 1920's there was the near crowning glory, the Southern Railway backed Southern Heights Light which would have produced a 3rd rail electric single line from Orpington to Saunderstead via Tatsfield. Stephens' optimism and enthusiasm never seemed to desert him.

The list below is believed to be a comprehensive list of failed schemes but does not include those that failed at planning stage.

  • Central Essex Railway
  • East Kent Railway Extensions
  • East Sussex Railway
  • Gower Light Railway
  • Hadlow Railway
  • Headcorn and Maidstone Junction Railway
  • Hedingham and Long Melford Railway
  • Kelvedon, Coggeshall and Halstead Railway
  • Lands End, St Just and Great Western Junction Railway
  • Long Melford and Hadleigh Railway
  • Maidstone and Faversham Junction Railway
  • Maidstone and Sittingbourne Railway
  • Newport and Four Ashes Railway
  • Orpington , Cudham and Tatsfield Railway
  • Shropshire Railways ( Shrewsbury and Market Drayton Extension)
  • Southern Heights Railway
  • Surrey and Sussex Railway
  • Worcester and Broome Railway