Tattenham Corner Line


Tattenham Corner Line
Tattenham Corner Line

A 1905 Railway Clearing House map of the Tattenham Corner Line and surrounding lines.
Overview
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
Surrey
South East England
Termini London Bridge
London Victoria
Tattenham Corner
Operation
Opened 22 May 1865
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Southern
Rolling stock Class 377 "Electrostar"
Class 455
Class 456
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 750 V DC third rail
[v · d · e]Tattenham Corner Line
Legend
Interchange head
0m 00ch London Bridge London Underground
Interchange head Abbreviated in this map
London Victoria London Underground
Abbreviated in this map Abbreviated in this map
Track turning left Unknown BSicon "ABZ+lr" Track turning right
Abbreviated in this map
Track turning from left Junction to right
Purley North Junction
Right side of cross-platform interchange Left side of cross-platform interchange
15m 13ch Purley
Straight track Junction to left Continuation to right
Caterham Line to Caterham
Track turning left Unknown BSicon "KRZu" Continuation to right
Brighton Main Line to Brighton
Station on track
15m 65ch Reedham
Station on track
16m 46ch Coulsdon Town
Station on track
17m 40ch Woodmansterne
Station on track
18m 41ch Chipstead
Small arched bridge
19m 27ch Chipstead Viaduct
Station on track
20m 72ch Kingswood
Enter and exit short tunnel
Kingswood Tunnel 310 yds
Enter and exit short tunnel
Hoppity Tunnel 37 yds
Station on track
22m 18ch Tadworth
End station
23m 37ch Tattenham Corner

The Tattenham Corner Line is a railway line in Southern England. It was opened in two parts: from Purley to Tadworth as the Chipstead Valley Railway in 1893, and to Tattenham Corner as the Epsom Downs Extension Railway in 1894. Both companies were then acquired by the South Eastern Railway.[1] The Tattenham Corner Line is now part of the Southern franchise.

The line diverges eastwards from the Brighton Main Line at Purley. It immediately splits from the Caterham Line and passes below the Brighton line. It then runs close to the Brighton line as far as Coulsdon Town, after which it turns westwards and follows the Chipstead Valley, eventually climbing to the high ground at Tattenham Corner.

The line is primarily a commuter route, but the station at Tattenham Corner was built to serve the Epsom Downs Racecourse, with large numbers of extra trains on Derby day.

There is also a railway terminus at Epsom Downs, about 2 km north of Epsom Downs Racecourse. It was built by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and opened on 22 May 1865.

The line was third rail electrified by Southern at 660V DC (later upgraded post war by BR to 750V DC) in March 1928.

Services

Train services on the line are operated by Southern, and run to London Bridge and London Victoria (peak and evenings). During peak hours trains combine (am) or divide (pm) at Purley, the other section being for the Caterham Line.

Services are provided by a mixture of Class 455, Class 456 and Class 377 EMUs.

References

Further reading

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (1994). Caterham and Tattenham Corner. Middleton Press. ISBN 1-873793-25-1. 
  • Moody, G.T. (1979). Southern Electric 1909-1979. Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0924-4. 
  • Glover, John (2001). Southern Electric. Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-2807-9. 


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tattenham Corner railway station — London stations name = Tattenham Corner manager = Southern zone =6 locale =Tattenham Corner borough = Reigate and Banstead start= 4 June 1901 platforms=3 railcode=TAT railexits0405= 0.173 railexits0506= 0.190Tattenham Corner railway station is in …   Wikipedia

  • Chiltern Main Line — Chiltern Railways Clubman at West Ruislip Overview Type Commuter rail, Heavy rail S …   Wikipedia

  • Oxted Line — The Oxted Lines, shown with other railway lines in South London, Surrey, Kent and East Sussex. Overview Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail …   Wikipedia

  • North Kent Line — The North Kent Line, shown with other railway lines in Kent. Overview Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail System …   Wikipedia

  • Arun Valley Line — Map of the Arun Valley Line Overview Type Heavy rail System National Rail …   Wikipedia

  • Chatham Main Line — Overview Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail System National Rail Status Operational Locale Greater London Sou …   Wikipedia

  • Caterham Line — The Caterham Line runs between Purley in South London and Caterham in Surrey. The line operates as a commuter service to London. HistoryThe Caterham branch was opened as the Caterham Railway on 5 August 1856, from a junction with the London,… …   Wikipedia

  • Cotswold Line — Overview Type Rural, Heavy rail System National Rail …   Wikipedia

  • Varsity Line — [v · d · …   Wikipedia

  • East London Line — Class 378 train at Whitechapel Overview Type Suburban rail System …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.