Box Hill & Westhumble railway station
|Box Hill and Westhumble|
|Local authority||District of Mole Valley|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 11 March 1867|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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 and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Box Hill & Westhumble is a railway station in the village of Westhumble in Surrey, England, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Dorking town centre. Box Hill is located approximately 1⁄2 mile (800 m) to the east. It is 21 miles 14 chains (34.1 km) down the line from London Waterloo.
On weekdays during the off peak and on Saturdays, Southern operate one train every hour to London Victoria (via Sutton) and one train every hour to Horsham (via Dorking), supplemented by additional services at peak times. On weekdays and Saturdays, South Western Railway (SWR) operate two services per hour to and from London Waterloo (via Wimbledon) and two services every hour to Dorking.
On Sundays, Southern operate two services per hour to and from London Victoria, which is supplemented by an hourly SWR service to London Waterloo.There are three services per hour to Dorking.
The station is the end point for the Thames Down Link long distance footpath from Kingston upon Thames, and lies close to the midpoint of the Mole Gap Trail between Leatherhead and Dorking. The station is within 1⁄2 mile of the North Downs Way.
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. The building is currently in use as a private dwelling and commercial premises and is protected by a Grade II listing.
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.
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".
|Year||Name of station|
|1867||West Humble for Box Hill|
|1870||Box Hill and Burford Bridge|
|1904||Box Hill and Burford Bridge|
|1958||Boxhill and Westhumble|
|2006||Box Hill and Westhumble|
Terrier tank engine
A Terrier tank engine, built by the LBSCR in 1880, was named Boxhill after the station. 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. It is now preserved at the National Railway Museum in York.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
London Victoria to Horsham
(via Sutton and Epsom)
Mole Valley Line
|South Western Railway
London Waterloo to Dorking
(via Wimbledon and Epsom)
Mole Valley Line
- "National Rail Enquiries – Station Facilities for Box Hill and Westhumble". National Rail. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "Update on timetable changes for May 2019" (PDF). www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/timetables/update-on-timetable-changes-for-may-2019. South Western Railway. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
- "Thames Down Link" (PDF). Surrey County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "Mole Gap Trail" (PDF). 60 Walks for 60 Years. Natural England. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- "Opening of the Dorking and Leatherhead Railway". Brighton Gazette. British Newspaper Archive. 21 March 1867. Retrieved 8 August 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Jackson, Alan (1988). Dorking's Railways. Dorking Local History Group. ISBN 1-870912-01-2.
- Heritage Gateway listing NGR TQ1674451848
- Shepperd, Ronald (1991). Micklam the story of a parish. Mickleham Publications. ISBN 0-9518305-0-3.
- "Locomotives and rolling stock". Nrm.org.uk. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- "The Terrier Trust On The Web". Terriertrust.org.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
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