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Excursion train, the Golden Arrow, in Shortlands 16 July 2008
The London, Chatham and Dover Railway via Penge East, the Sydenham tunnel and Herne Hill to Victoria did not open until 1 July 1963 but became the main line through Beckenham Junction to London as it is today.
The SE railway ran a Victoria to Paris service from 1928 called the Golden Arrow from Victoria to Dover where the coaches went by cross channel ferry to Calais or Boulogne and the train continued as Le Fleche d'Or.
It was the highlight of the day in the 1950s and 60s for the children to wave at the train as it passed through Beckenham Junction station and elsewhere along the line.