I used Bat & Ball station for about 10 years from 1963 to the early 70's (when you still had to close the doors yourself and the trains just had a no. 83 on the front), to travel to work in London via Sevenoaks. I remember the station staff, being just one man (I think it was Paddy then) who sold and collected tickets and saw each train off. There were no train indicators nor any P.A. system then, so if a train was late, he would often walk down the platform to tell each passenger individually.