Woodside (London) railway station

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Woodside
Woodside tramstop old station building.JPG
Woodside is located in Greater London
Woodside
Woodside
Location of Woodside in Greater London
Location Woodside
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Number of platforms 3 until 1917, 2 until 1996, then 1 until closure
Railway companies
Original company South Eastern Railway
Pre-grouping South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Key dates
1871 (1871) Opened as Woodside
1 October 1908 renamed Woodside and South Norwood
2 October 1944 renamed Woodside[1][2]
31 May 1997 (31 May 1997) Last train ran
Replaced by Woodside tram stop
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 51°23′15″N 0°03′53″W / 51.3874°N 0.0647°W / 51.3874; -0.0647Coordinates: 51°23′15″N 0°03′53″W / 51.3874°N 0.0647°W / 51.3874; -0.0647
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of part the Woodside and South Croydon Railway, showing the surrounding lines.

Woodside was a railway station in Croydon, south London, on the Woodside and South Croydon Joint Railway. The South Eastern Railway opened the station in July 1871 to serve the nearby Croydon racecourse. A ramp from the station facilitated the loading of racehorses.

After the racecourse closed in 1890, use of Woodside station decreased. The down bay platform fell into disuse in 1917 following the closure of the line to Selsdon. The line to Selsdon reopened upon electrification in 1935, with through services towards London. However, there were drastic reductions train service during World War II from which the line never really recovered. From October 1939 the station was served by a shuttle to and from Elmers End. Through weekday trains to London were reinstated in the spring of 1948, but traffic on the branch was in decline and a shuttle service was again instituted again in 1950. The small goods yard closed in 1963.[3] The line to Selsdon once again closed in 1983, this time permanently, and the signal box at the south end of the down platform closed in 1984.

The station building, situated over the platforms at street level, was de-staffed from 1993[3] and boarded-up. In 1996 the signal box at Addiscombe burned down and single-line working was introduced, with all trains using the down-line, and the London-bound platform fell into disuse. The station closed in 1997 in preparation for the construction of Tramlink.

Tramlink now uses the line between Elmers End and the site of Coombe Road station. Most of the previous platforms were demolished and new tram platforms constructed. Part of the London-bound platform was left to provide a pathway to the tram platforms, using stairs to the street-level building, which is abandoned. Following closure of the Addiscombe branch, the trackbed has become Addiscombe Railway Park.

The dismantled platform was donated to the Swanage Heritage Railway and reassembled in 2009 at Herston Halt.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forgotten Stations of Greater London by J.E.Connor and B.Halford
  2. ^ Chronology of London Railways by H.V.Borley
  3. ^ a b "Station Name: Woodside". Disused Stations. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  4. ^ South West Trains (April 2009). "Trains stop at Herston Halt thanks to Frank". Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Elmers End   Network SouthEast
Addiscombe Line
  Addiscombe
  Southern Region
Woodside and South Croydon Railway
  Bingham Road