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- Real Name: Richard Briggs
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I remember the train crash well, I was in Peel A and we were all woken by an almighty flash and a bang. I am sure it was a collision between two goods trains. One travelling the Guildford to Brighton Line, the other on the London to Portsmouth line that ran via Arundel in West Sussex. Unfortunately there were fatalaties of the crew on one train.
An earlier comment refered to the Brighton line not being electrified. True only steam trains and then later deisels used it.
This sticks in my mind as I was put onto a steam train on that line at the end of my first term in December 1960. I protested to my house master at the time that this train was the wrong one only to be cuffed across the top the head and told not to be so impudent. Needless to say I ended up in Brighton, lost and with no money. My anxious mother was waiting for me at Arundel station and when I didnt show up she phoned the school. She was curtly informed by my house master that I wouldn't be lost for long someone was bound to find a ten year old boy wandering around Brighton in such a distinctive uniform. Needless to say I survived!
PS My trunk did get the correct train.
My other abiding memory of the Brighton line was that just below Itchingfield junction we used to put "Housey" buttons on the line and when they had been flattened by a passing train we could use them in vending machines at Horsham station.
Someone mentioned that a film was made in 65 using CH station as a set. The film was a Boulting Brothers production "Rotten to the Core" a comedy starring Dudley Sutton.
Needless to say we were expressly forbidden to go anywhere near the crash site. I'm fairly sure that passenger service had already ended by the time of the crash, but of course the line was still open for freight. Both of the crew of the northbound train coming up from the Brighton direction (we called it the Brighton Line in those days) were killed. The crew of the southbound "Pompey" train survived I believe as its locomotive had already passed the junction when the collision occurred.
In those days, Christs Hospital station was quite a busy place as it was the junction for three lines: the main (Porstmouth) line, and the branch lines to Guildford and Brighton. It was also about this time that a scene from Rotten to the Core was filmed at the station with Anton Rogers and, as I recall, Victor Maddern. If you ever see the film, we Housey boys are quite clearly visible in the crowd.
Peele A 62-68
Not a train spotter just grew up local to CH and used to do primary school sponsored walks and Cub wildlife walks down the disused line
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? By Slinfold do you mean the line to Guildford? If so that was closed to passenger traffic in the mid 1950's. My journey home involved changing trains at Guildford, Reading and South Brent from the age of 9. With the closure, at the age of about 13 I had to cross London by myself to get to Paddington - very confusing and then all those platforms at Paddington. At least there wasn't a Platform 13 1/3 or whatever. Then they closed the South Brent line ........Great Plum wrote:I had heard about the Bluebell railway clearing a cutting - I believe the Slinfold line (closed in 1965 anoraks!) did have a cutting like that... and still does...
The Guildford to Cranleigh line in the early 90's was looked at reopening...
Complicated? well, of those brought up in the village only Mr Favis had ever been more than 15 miles away - because he was a Navy stoker in WWI; I was the second. Trains were strange animals ending up 16 miles away (remember we couldn't get TV and there was 1 bus a week so we didn't know what they was).
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