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As well as offering improved means of transporting agricultural produce, and opening up new markets, the coming of the railway offered additional benefits to farmers in the area.
The railway became extensively used for transporting animals.
The potential for the transport of hops was evidence from the very earliest proposals for the South Eastern Railway.
The coming of the railway opened up new markets for Kentish fruit.
The railway helped local farmers to cultivate labour intensive crops such as hops and fruit by providing easy transport for seasonal labourers.
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