Greenwich railway stationGreenwich railway station is about 400m southwest of the town centre of Greenwich, London, England. As well as a destination in its own right, it is also an interchange between two lines. One carries the main overland railway between central London and Dartford (north Kent); the other carries the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) between Lewisham to the south and the Docklands area and the City of London north of the River Thames.
East of the station, the main overland railway goes through a tunnel underneath the site occupied by the National Maritime Museum, towards Maze Hill. Northwards, the DLR dips under the Thames to emerge on the Isle of Dogs; in the opposite direction, it rises on a concrete viaduct to follow Deptford Creek upstream towards Lewisham.
The London and Greenwich Railway is reputed to be the world's first suburban railway (1836-38), designed by former army engineer George Landmann, and promoted by entrepreneur George Walter. Greenwich was linked by a massive brick-built railway viaduct with 878 arches, first to a station in Spa Road, Bermondsey and later to London Bridge. The service opened on 8 February 1836 from Deptford, and on 29 December that year from Greenwich. Greenwich's handsome station building was designed by George Smith in 1840.