Betchworth railway station

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Betchworth National Rail
Betchworth
Location
Place Betchworth
Local authority Mole Valley
Grid reference TQ210512
Operations
Station code BTO
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 Increase 10,705
2004/05 Increase 12,214
2005/06 Increase 13,610
2006/07 Increase 14,503
2007/08 Increase 17,500
2008/09 Increase 21,240
2009/10 Decrease 19,646
2010/11 Decrease 16,570
2011/12 Increase 19,878
History
Key dates Opened 4 July 1849 (4 July 1849)
Original company Reading, Guildford and Reigate Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Betchworth from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Betchworth railway station is the railway station that serves the village of Betchworth in Surrey, England. It is on the North Downs Line and is unstaffed. All trains serving it are operated by First Great Western.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1849 by the Reading, Guildford and Reigate Railway, which became part of the South Eastern Railway in 1852.

Services[edit]

The typical off-peak service on the North Downs Line is one train every two hours in each direction between Reading and Redhill.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dorking Deepdene   First Great Western
North Downs Line
  Reigate

Betchworth Quarry Railways[edit]

The station was particularly significant for its connection with the Betchworth Quarry railways, which were built to serve the Dorking Greystone Lime Company's three pits north of the station.

The quarry railways had four different track gauges. The standard gauge part had a junction with the main line that passed close to Betchworth station, before reversing to run to the Eastern and Southern Kiln Batteries. A 3 ft 2 14 in (972 mm) gauge railway system began there and primarily served the quarry with lines diverging to the Main, Upper Western Whitestone and Eastern Greystone Pits. The other gauges serving the works were the 19 in (483 mm) gauge line that ran from a standard gauge siding to the Hearthstone Mine, and a short 2 ft (610 mm) gauge section of track that ran exclusively between the Eastern and Southern Kiln Batteries.

The first engine to shunt on the standard gauge portion, Engine No. 1 of 1871, was unofficially named The Coffeepot. It is now preserved at Beamish Museum in County Durham. Another, Captain Baxter was renamed simply Baxter in 1947, the last engine ever to work the line, and the Rev. W.V. Awdry featured it in his book Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine. Baxter is preserved on the Bluebell Railway and was returned to traffic for that railway's 50th anniversary.

Two 3 ft 2 14 in (972 mm) gauge locomotives were also preserved. Townsend Hook, is at Amberley Chalk Pits Museum, undergoing reconstruction (as of October 2010) to become a static exhibit.[1] William Finlay, the sister engine of Townsend Hook, is preserved in private ownership.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°14′53″N 0°16′01″W / 51.248°N 0.267°W / 51.248; -0.267