Spencer Road Halt; Then & Now


*leaves on the Line*

Just behind the houses on the other side of the road is an old disused railway line. It ran from nowhere you’ve ever heard of to somewhere you wouldn’t want to go & was one of the plethora of tiny branch lines built in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. Spencer Road Halt was built with the idea that passengers could transfer to the main London Brighton Line by walking approx a quarter of a mile to the West. This did not work & the halt was closed in 1915. The line itself remained in use until the early 1980s, when in off peak, there was one train every 2 hours of 2 coaches in one direction only. To return you waited 2 hours for one in the opposite direction.

In early 1900s

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& 2014

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Some of the track bed to the North has been utilised by London Tramlink & if the envisaged extension to the South ever comes to pass, it is likely that this stretch of  land would be levelled & pressed into service once more.

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