RAILDATE 2024.01.26

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

A general scene from the mid-1980s. Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

The BR schematic map looks a bit different. Which station is circled?

Answer: Purley Oaks. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Colin Penfold, Paul Hopper, Andrew Treves, Jeremy Harrison, Richard Maund, Phil Deaves.

Yes, the schematic was rotated. Purley Oaks is on the main London-Brighton line but stopping trains peel off for Caterham and Tattenham Corner at Purley. Platforms on the fast lines are not used. The station is just 400m from Sanderstead on the East Grinstead line, though the schematic suggests otherwise.

Croydon Corporation tramways operated on the nearby A23 Brighton Road.

The whole area was developed for housing from the 1920s for people escaping London. My in-laws met in the 1950s as long-distance commuters from Hove to London. Upon marriage, they moved nearer to London by setting up home in Purley Oaks. Children followed, they in turn got married (one to me), and the rest is history as they say.


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