7 FEBRUARY 1846, Page 10

A branch line from Ashford to Canterbury on the South-eastern

Railway was opened yesterday. The distance is about fifteen miles, and the country traversed is fertile and picturesque. The Mayor of Canterbury gave a dinner to nearly three hundred persons in honour of the opening. During the festivities Mr. Macgregor,

the chairman of the South-eastern Cornpany,stated, that upwards of 11,000,000L had been paid as railway deposits into the office of the Accountant-General of the Court of Chancery, up to the time when no further payments could be re- ceived.