Station Name:WEST HOATHLY

 

[Source: Nick Catford]


Date opened: 1.8.1882
Location: By a very sharp bend close to the end of Station Road
Company on opening: London Brighton & South Coast Railway
Date closed to passengers: 17.3.1958
Date closed completely: 17.3.1958
Company on closing: British Railways (Southern Region)
Present state: Platforms are extant
County: Sussex
OS Grid Ref: TQ372328
Date of visit: October 1967

Notes: The station was originally closed on 30.5.1955 but after legal objections it was reopened on 7.8.1956. The station site was purchased by the Bluebell Railway in 1974 but it was to be many years before rails were laid to bring steam trains through the half-mile long Sharpthorne tunnel back to the station site. The delay was caused by the complexities of the planning system, culminating in a public enquiry which resulted in the railway being granted planning permission and a Light Railway Order for the extension to East Grinstead. There appear to be no immediate plans to rebuilt West Hoathly Station as the single track has been laid clear of the two platforms.

For more details of West Hoathly see the Bluebell Railway web site.

 

West Hoathly Station in October 1967 during the demolition of the station buildings
P
hoto by Nick Catford




West Hoathly Station looking south rowaeds Sharpthorne Tunnel in summer 1966
Photo by Richard Clark


West Hoathly Station seen from above the Sharpthorne Tunnel portal
P
hoto from Lens of Sutton

LBSC Tank 473 'Birch Grove' passing through the disused platforms at West Hoathly
Photo from Paul Pettitt's Railway Heritage Photos web site

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[Source: Nick Catford]

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