North Surrey Joint Sewage Board railways

North Surrey Joint Sewage Board railways
North Surrey Joint Sewage Board railways
Locale England
Dates of operation 1939–after 1965
Track gauge 2 ft  (610 mm)
Headquarters Surbiton

The North Surrey Joint Sewage Board railways were three narrow gauge industrial railways serving the sewage plants around Berrylands station in Surbiton, south London.


Malden works

In 1900 the Malden & Coombe Borough Council built a sewage works at Malden, near Surbiton. This works was modernized in 1939 and a 2 ft  (610 mm) gauge railway was installed. A Hunslet locomotive was purchased to run on this railway.

Berrylands works

In 1912 the North Surrey Joint Sewage Board built a new sewage works at Berrylands in Surbiton. In 1939 this works was also modernized. Sludge drying beds were constructed and a 2 ft  (610 mm) gauge railway was installed to serve them. The railway used 20 skip wagons supplied by Hudsons and a diesel locomotive built by F. C. Hibberd.

Hogsmill works

Between the Berrylands and Malden works lay a tract of derelict land. As early as 1931, the Hogsmill Valley Joint Sewage Board proposed construction of a third sewage works. These plans were delayed by the Second World War, but the plant was built in 1953. A third railway was built. This was served by a second Hunslet locomotive.


In 1961 the three works were amalgamated as the North Surrey Joint Sewage Board. The Hogsmill and Malden railways were connected via two bridges over the River Hogsmill. Another Hunslet locomotive was supplied.


Builder Type Date Works number Notes
F.C. Hibberd 4wDM 1939 2201 Supplied new to the Berrylands works
Hunslet 4wDM 1939 1962 Supplied new to the Malden works
Hunslet 4wDM 1957 4857 Supplied new to the Hogsmill works
Hunslet 4wDM 1961 6018 Supplied new to the amalgamated works; now preserved at the Moseley Railway Trust

See also


  • Down, C.G. (December 1965). "The North Surrey Joint Sewage Board". The Industrial Railway Record 8. 

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