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1971 – July – Birdcage discomfort


Also in the July 1971 edition of Railway Magazine was an interesting article on the Oxted line of Southern Railway and BR Southern Region.  This line branched off the main Brighton line at East Croydon, wound its way through Oxted and Lingfield to East Grinstead, where the line now terminates.  In steam days the line branched at East Grinstead to Lewes and the coast (now the Bluebell heritage railway) and to Tunbridge Wells (now closed.)

This line certainly would have been electrified in the 1940’s, but such work was delayed by the 2nd world war, and the third rail only reached East Grinstead in 1987.  So in the 1960’s, it provided a bastion of steam amongst all the EMUs of East Croydon.  This got even more interesting for race days at Lingfield.  The author, D.A. Bone writes…..

Several times a year the Oxted line became more than the poor relation of…

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