Stop by Stop London Trams: Beckenham Junction & Elmers End lines – Harrington Road

Today in “Stop by Stop” we turn away from the railway as we’re onto double track tramway having reached Harrington Road.

After the tram departs Birkbeck (most likely your journey will be destined for Wimbledon) we run alongside the railway line to Crystal Palace until we part as the train goes off to the right and we take a sharp turn to the left. It remains single track until we drop down towards the next stop when its double track all the way to Croydon. If you’re heading on a tram towards Beckenham Junction you may be held just beyond Harrington Road as you wait for a tram to come off the single line section. But we’re heading the opposite way so that doesn’t concern us as we coast into the tramstop. For the first time since Avenue Road we have platforms either side of the tracks here – and they both have everything we come to expect including shelters, validators and passenger information displays. When we arrive at the stop there is access to Beckenham Cemetery just beyond the platforms.

The first photo depicts 2550 which is calling on the way to Beckenham Junction.

And then its 2540 which is in this photo as the tram pulls into Harrington Road on the way to Wimbledon. Beckenham Cemetery is shielded from the stop by the trees the other side of the platform. (Both Photographs by Gareth Prior, 21st September 2021)

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