Station Buildings - c.1960
Cranleigh Railway Dot Info - Archive Photograph
Photo used with permission © Gerry Bixley
This site provides information on, the now
closed, Guildford to Horsham Direct Railway, often referred to
as the 'Cranleigh Line'; Cranleigh being the largest village that
the line served.
It is the only railway line in Surrey to have
been closed down by the infamous Dr. Richard Beeching, in his
report of March 1963 “The reshaping of British Railways” This
report recommended the closing of one third of Britains Railway lines
and stations (leaving us with roughly what we have today). The
Cranleigh line was just one of these lines along with it's stations:
'Bramley & Wonersh', 'Cranleigh' and 'Baynards'.
After 'Baynards', the line left Surrey and
moved into West Sussex, with stations at 'Rudgwick' and 'Slinfold',
before rejoining the main line at 'Stammerham Junction' (now 'Christs
Hospital' station), for the final part of the journey to 'Horsham'.
It was opened on 2nd October 1865, was run
by the 'London Brighton & South Coast Railway'' (LBSCR) and
closed just under four months before its centenary on 12th June
To see photographs of the line and it's stations,
click on the 'signal' on the left and go to the section: 'Photos:
Then & Now'
can search the Cranleigh Railway web site here:
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think of the web site,
especially if you have more information, pictures or ideas.