Farnham railway station
|Managed by||South Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Key dates||Opened 8 October 1849|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Farnham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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The station was opened on 8 October 1849, on a route from Guildford via Ash Green and Tongham. The line from Aldershot station opened in 1870 and was electrified on 4 July 1937. Passenger services via Ash Green Halt and Tongham ceased on the same date.
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|Tongham station||British Railways
Farnham station in fiction
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travelled by train to Farnham in "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist". Holmes said, "A beautiful neighbourhood and full of the most interesting associations. You remember, Watson, that it was near there that we took Archie Stamford, the forger."
Watson recounted, "We had ascertained from the lady that she went down upon the Monday by the train which leaves Waterloo at 9.50, so I started early and caught the 9:13." He did this on Monday, 25 April 1895. Holmes himself travelled to Farnham the next day, returning to Baker Street "late in the evening with a cut lip and a discoloured lump upon his forehead, besides a general air of dissipation which would have made his own person the fitting object of a Scotland Yard investigation".
Sherlock Holmes, as a young boy, also lives in the Farnham area with his aunt and uncle in Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock Holmes series of books. The station features prominently as Holmes, his friend, and his tutor often travel by train to London Waterloo when they are going to visit Holmes's brother Mycroft Holmes.
The typical off-peak service (Monday to Saturday) from the station is of two trains per hour to London Waterloo, and two per hour to Alton.
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|Aldershot||South Western Railway
|Bentley or Alton|
|Terminus||South Western Railway
Bordon SWR Coach Link
Stagecoach Buses routes 5; 17; 18; 19; and 46 serve the station.