TQ3455 : Caterham station

taken 7 years ago, near to Caterham, Surrey, Great Britain

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Caterham station
Caterham station
The first proposals for a railway along the Caterham Valley came in 1836 with the object of building a new London to Dover line through a mile long tunnel under the North Downs. It proved too costly and the existing line via Redhill was used. Instead Caterham received a branch line, built by a private company in 1856. The original purpose was to provide a convenient method of transporting the valuable building stone from the quarries at Godstone to London. Soon though the original purpose was overtaken by wealthy Victorian commuters using the line as the Caterham Valley developed. There were early frustrations for these commuters, for example, in the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway arranging for the connecting train at Godstone Road (now Purley) station to leave one minute before the Caterham train arrived. In this photograph a Southern train awaits the start of its journey from the terminus at Caterham to London Bridge. The wooded nature of the Caterham Valley can be clearly seen beyond the platform.
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TQ3455, 135 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 30 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Railways  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3402 5557 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:17.0107N 0:4.7810W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3405 5553
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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