Box Hill & Westhumble railway station

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Box Hill and Westhumble National Rail
Box Hill and Westhumble
Location
Place Westhumble
Local authority Mole Valley
Grid reference TQ167518
Operations
Station code BXW
Managed by Southern
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   43,255
2005/06 Decrease 42,204
2006/07 Increase 44,548
2007/08 Increase 51,378
2008/09 Increase 53,806
2009/10 Increase 58,588
2010/11 Increase 62,772
2011/12 Increase 81,122
2012/13 Increase 103,962
History
Key dates Opened 11 March 1867 (11 March 1867)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Box Hill and Westhumble from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Box Hill & Westhumble railway station is a railway station in the village of Westhumble in Surrey, England,[1] approximately two miles north of Dorking town centre. Box Hill is located approximately half a mile to the east. The station is served by one train every hour towards London Victoria and one train every hour towards Horsham off peak, operated by Southern. More trains operate on Sundays and Public Holidays in each direction.

The station is the end point for the Thames Down Link long distance footpath from Kingston upon Thames,[2] and lies close to the midpoint of the Mole Gap Trail between Leatherhead and Dorking.[3] The station is within 0.5 miles of the North Downs Way.

History[edit]

The station was constructed at the insistence of Thomas Grissell the owner of Norbury Park, in part compensation for the railway cutting across his land to the north of the village. The main building was designed by Charles Henry Driver in the Châteauesque style and included steeply pitched roofs with patterned tiles and an ornamental turret topped with a decorative grille and weather vane.[4] The building is currently in use as a private dwelling and commercial premises and is protected by a Grade II listing.[5]

Grissell also obtained the right from the LBSCR to stop any train on request, a privilege subsequently exercised by Leopold Salomons, who purchased Norbury Park in 1890. This concession was legally abolished by the Transport Act of 1962, however there is no evidence to suggest that it was regularly used after 1910.[4]

The name of the station has changed many times over the years with "Box Hill" & "Boxhill" and "Westhumble" & "West Humble" used in varying combinations for signs, timetables and railway maps, with many inconsistencies. In 2006, after consultation with local residents, the station's name was changed to "Box Hill and Westhumble" from "Boxhill and Westhumble".[6]

Year Name of station
1867 West Humble for Box Hill
1870 Box Hill and Burford Bridge
1896 Box Hill
1904 Box Hill and Burford Bridge
1958 Boxhill and Westhumble
2006 Box Hill and Westhumble

Terrier tank engine[edit]

Boxhill is preserved as part of the National Collection at the National Railway Museum.

A Terrier tank engine, built by the LBSCR in 1880, was named Boxhill after the station.[7] It was used to haul commuter trains in South London and Surrey until the 1920s, when it was moved to become a shunting engine at Brighton. Unlike other engines of its class, its smokebox was not modified in the early 20th century, and it was restored by the Southern Railway in 1947 to its original condition and painted in its original Stroudley yellow ochre livery.[8] It is now preserved at the National Railway Museum in York.[7]

Gallery[edit]

Typical off-peak journey times[edit]

December 2006 – May 2007 timetable
Frequency in trains per hour

Destination Platform Journey time Frequency Operator
Leatherhead 2 6 minutes 1 tph Southern
Epsom 2 10 minutes 1 tph Southern
Sutton 2 22 minutes 1 tph Southern
Clapham Junction 2 36 minutes 1 tph Southern
London Victoria 2 46 minutes 1 tph Southern
Holmwood 1 10 minutes 1 tph Southern
Horsham 1 25 minutes 1 tph Southern
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Leatherhead   Southern
Mole Valley Line
  Dorking
Leatherhead   South West Trains
Monday - Fridays peak hours,
and summer Sundays only
  Dorking

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Rail Enquiries – Station Facilities for Box Hill and Westhumble". National Rail. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Thames Down Link". Surrey County Council. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mole Gap Trail". 60 Walks for 60 Years. Natural England. 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Jackson, Alan (1988). Dorking's Railways. Dorking Local History Group. ISBN 1-870912-01-2. 
  5. ^ Heritage Gateway listing NGR TQ1674451848
  6. ^ Shepperd, Ronald (1991). Micklam the story of a parish. Mickleham Publications. ISBN 0-9518305-0-3. 
  7. ^ a b NRM | Collections | Locomotives
  8. ^ The Terrier Trust On The Web

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Coordinates: 51°15′14″N 0°19′44″W / 51.254°N 0.329°W / 51.254; -0.329