The coming of the railways to the Bexley Borough transformed it from a quiet district of country estates and hamlets. As commuting to London became a possibility, families could move out to the new villas being built. Electrification in 1926 significantly increased the value of land, encouraging landowners to sell up to estate developers in the 1930s.
The railway companies operating the three lines in the Bexley Borough have been:
South Eastern Railway 1836-1898
South Eastern and Chatham Railway 1898-1923
Southern Railway 1923-1948
Southern region of British Railways 1948-1982
London & South Eastern, later Network SouthEast 1982-1996
Connex South Eastern, 1996-2003
South Eastern Trains 2003-06
And for model train enthusiasts... the Welling and District Model Engineering Society, based at Falconwood, has a public running programme.
If you are interested in transport history, visit Falconwood Transport and Military Bookshop (proprietor Andy Doran) at 5 Falconwood Parade, The Green, Welling, Kent DA16 2PL. Tel and Fax: (020) 8303 8291. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The shop is open Thurs, Fri, Sat 9.30-5.30.
Ebay shop: http://stores.ebay.co.uk.