Tattenham Corner Line
|Tattenham Corner Line|
|Stations (from north to south)
The Tattenham Corner Line is a railway line in Southern England. It was opened in two parts: from Purley to Tadworth as the Chipstead Valley Railway in 1893, and to Tattenham Corner as the Epsom Downs Extension Railway in 1894. Both companies were then acquired by the South Eastern Railway. The Tattenham Corner Line is now part of the Southern franchise.
The line diverges eastwards from the Brighton Main Line at Purley. It immediately splits from the Caterham Line and passes below the Brighton line. It then runs close to the Brighton line as far as Smitham, after which it turns westwards and follows the Chipstead Valley, eventually climbing to the high ground at Tattenham Corner.
It is a possibility that the line will be closed and turned into a croydon tramlink line, but at this stage it seems very unlikely.
The line is primarily a commuter route, but the station at Tattenham Corner was built to serve the Epsom Downs racecourse, with large numbers of extra trains on Derby day. During the rush hour, trains from London divide at Purley, with one part going to Caterham and the other part to Tattenham Corner.
- Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith, Caterham and Tattenham Corner. Middleton Press, 1994. ISBN 1-873793-25-1.