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Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway

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1803 This 8.5 mile line was incorporated to extend the Surrey Iron Railway towards Portsmouth but it ended at Merstham lime pits and opened in 1805.

1803 October 18th. Meeting of the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway. Call for funds. [1] [2]

1803 August 10th. Meeting at the George Inn, Portsmouth of th committee and subscribers of the 'Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway' to discuss and approve the plans for the 'Extension of the Surrey Iron Railway to Portsmouth and London'. Hylton Joliffe is Chairman. Eight persons (named) added to the committee. [3]

1803 August 26th. Meeting at the Bear Inn, Havant to discuss 'Extension of the Croydon Iron Railway to Portsmouth and London' and to incorporate it with the 'Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway' and the title of the 'London and Portsmouth Iron Railway'. [4]

1804 July. Meeting of the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway. Call for funds. [5]

1805 The first 8.5 miles was opened between Croydon and Merstram and traffic from the quarries started to use it. The railway was not taken any further.

1818 May 5th. Meeting at the King's Arms Inn, Croydon of the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway [6]

1819 May 4th. Meeting at the King's Arms Inn, Croydon of the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway [7]

1820 May 2nd. Meeting at the King's Arms Inn, Croydon of the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway [8]

The line closed in 1938 and the track-bed was used by the London and Brighton Railway.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Friday, Oct 21, 1803
  2. The Times, Friday, Oct 21, 1803
  3. The Times, Tuesday, Aug 23, 1803
  4. The Times, Monday, Aug 29, 1803
  5. The Times, Monday, Jul 02, 1804
  6. The Times, Friday, Apr 24, 1818
  7. The Times, Saturday, Apr 17, 1819
  8. The Times, Monday, Apr 17, 1820
  • Encyclopedia of British Railway Companies by Christopher Awdry. Published 1990. ISBN 0 19 211697 5