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QX11.02. "Room at the Top" Station

  

I thought the RCTS may be able to help answer my following query. I have attached two stills from “Room at the Top” made in 1958. Most of the location work was in Yorkshire but London also features as does a beach (supposedly in Dorset but could be anyway!). Studio work was done at Shepperton so maybe the Surrey area could be another possible location for the station. The photographs show a station viewed from the same platform but looking in each direction. On the first still and at the end of the left hand platform is a signal box (obscured by a head).If it helps the steam loco number is 30027. Can any of your members identify the station? (KF)

Answer

Although the pictures were dated as 1958, I only have a 1954 ABC reprint to hand, which give two possible lines as having the headcode shown on 30027.
Guildford- Horsham and Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne. I remembered seeing 30027 on Horsham-Brighton push-pulls in the early 1950s.I have asked Tony Walmsley, the RCTS member who is the author of the "shed by shed books" and he confirms that 30027 was at Horsham in 8/50, to Guildford 4/51, then to Exmouth Junction 2/59,
The photographs show that the trains was running wrong line through a station, which suggests that the station had a passing loop, with one line being switched out of use for "most of the day". This fits the Horsham Guildford line, which only had about 5-6 trains daily each way, but occasional pick-up goods and excursion trains, which would have needed the loop. This leaves only three intermediate stations with passing loops: Baynards, Cranleigh and Bramley There are sidings trailing in from the left beyond the station.
Looking at the photos in the Middleton Press Book "Branch Lines to Horsham" (ref nos are to photographs not pages)

Cranleigh
(18) the sidings are on the left but do not appear to trail into the line. There is no signal box visible on the platform, The platforms appear to be curved.

Bramley My second choice
This is a possibility, but (13) show a loading gauge beyond the platform and no apparent starting signal! The signal box on the other track looks to be too far from the station canopy, it was placed next to the adjacent road. Baynards Is my preferred choice
(34) shows a starting signal just off the end of the platform between the running lines and the sidings. On the other platform the signal box is quite close to the station canopies. There are plenty of trees in the vicinity. (TS)

Baynards Is my preferred choice
(34) shows a starting signal just off the end of the platform between the running lines and the sidings. On the other platform the signal box is quite close to the station canopies. There are plenty of trees in the vicinity. (TS)

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