Chessington Branch Line

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Chessington Branch Line
455732 D Chessington South.JPG
Class 455 at Chessington South
Overview
Type Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
Termini Motspur Park
Chessington South
Stations 4
Operation
Opening 1938 - 1939
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) South West Trains
Character Suburban Branch
Depot(s) Wimbledon
Rolling stock British Rail Class 455
Technical
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 V DC third rail

The Chessington Branch Line is a short National Rail railway line in England, mostly in the London Borough of Kingston, from Motspur Park to Chessington South.

History[edit]

The branch, double track and electrified on the DC third rail system (660V at the time of its construction) was the last line built by the Southern Railway. It was to serve housing development south of Surbiton and to form a duplicate line to Leatherhead.

It was opened on 29 May 1938 from Motspur Park to Tolworth, with an intermediate station at Malden Manor, and extended on 28 May 1939 to Chessington North and Chessington South.

All the stations on the line were of concrete in an Art Deco style, typical of the period.

Work to extend beyond Chessington was halted by the outbreak of the Second World War, with track laid beyond Chessington South as far as Chalky Lane, and preparatory works continuing further south. This included an embankment built by the Royal Engineers as a military exercise from Chalky Lane as far south as Chessington Wood, close to where the next station at Malden Rushett would have been built. After the war Green Belt legislation put a stop to any resumption. A goods yard south of Chessington South was used as a coal concentration depot from the mid-1960s to the end of the 1980s.

The goods yard and the half a mile of trackbed towards Malden Rushett are overgrown by trees. As a result of the truncation, only one platform at Chessington South has ever seen regular use.

It was originally intended to name Chessington North station Chessington Court and Chessington South station Chessington Grange.[1]

The line was mainly constructed on embankment with short distances in cuttings and several bridges. A 140 feet (43 m) viaduct crosses the Hogsmill River near Malden Manor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith, Wimbledon to Epsom, Middleton Press, Midhurst, 1995, ISBN 1 873 793 62 6

External links[edit]

Illustrated article on Malden Manor station at this illustrated article on Malden Manor station

Chessington Branch Line
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
Motspur Park
10m 11ch Motspur Park Jn
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
11m 05ch Malden Manor
Hogsmill River
12m 06ch Tolworth
13m 25ch Chessington North
13m 73ch Chessington South
Unused track south of station
Section not constructed
Sutton & Mole Valley Lines
Leatherhead
Sutton and Mole Valley Lines