Shoreham to Guildford? Really?
Tuesday 22 June 2021
Rail Re-openings, Ridiculous or Realistic (2)
fbbs first model railway, operated from 1958 to 1963 was called "Cranleigh". It made no pretentions to be a model of the real Cranleigh, but it did have green "Southern" coaches and a Hornby Dublo R1 0-6-0 tank engine.
"Why Cranleigh?" we hear you cry. For no other reason than it was one of the names on a free page of station signs supplied with The Model Railway Constructor magazine. A similar freebie (VERY similar) arrived more recently with Hornby Magazine!
Like the route from Shoreham-on-Sea to Horsham or Guildford.
The line was closed from 1965 and track was removed soon afterwards. Signalboxes and stations were soon demolished. Southern Transit ...
... had developed its "tourist" bus route between Shoreham and Horsham which had been operating on Thursdays only.
28-01-2021 - Route3 Last Day
Due to ongoing covid-19 restrictions, low ridership and expensive ticket machine upgrade that is not affordable at this time. We are mothballing our Shoreham – Horsham Thursday service until further notice. We hope to resume services when better times return and the ticket machine hurdle has been overcome. We thank you all for your support with our unique service.
But the ERTA is preparing a campaign for re-opening. It has drawn a map!
So, running north from Shoreham, we note the the line remained open for a while to give access to Beeding Quarry ...
... might not be so keen to see the properties compulsorily purchased and demolished to clear the way for the ERTA plans!
Then in Partridge Green ...
... some of the buildings blocking the path of any reopened line. Assuming you didn't want a big demolition job ...
We can now move on the Cranleigh where the station ...
Threading a re-opened line through the gap would just about be possible, but would, yet again, not go down a bundle with the locals.
The conclusion has to be that not all re-openings are realistic.
Health Warning (fbb's health!)
This week is one of those frantic weeks which shouldn't really happen for a retired old codger. Apart from on-going blogs and modelling projects (including exterior cupboard stabilising!), this week the old boy is preparing a church service which he and Mrs fbb will lead this coming Sunday; the next leaflet to go out to the Sunday and Monday group "congregation" that they run in Seaton plus what are laughably called "study notes" to distribute after Sunday's service.
Blogs may have to be reduced in scope to preserve some attempt at sanity.
A heartening tale of six picnic tables, plus more speculative rail stuff.
Next Rail Re-opening blog : Wednesday 23rd June