Waterloo to Reading Line
|Waterloo to Reading Line|
The Waterloo to Reading Line is a suburban railway line operated by South West Trains (SWT) in England. With its three connecting lines, it the most northern of the SWT franchise. The three lines are:
- the Hounslow Loop Line, leaving the Reading line at Barnes, returning via Whitton and Feltham.
- the Windsor branch running from Staines railway station to Windsor and Eton Riverside railway station (the former GWR branch, from Slough, runs to Windsor and Eton Central railway station).
- the Chertsey branch, leaving the Reading line at Virginia Water, passing through Chertsey and Addlestone, and connecting to SWT at its terminus, Weybridge
Dates of opening
- the Reading line:
- 27 July 1846: the Richmond Railway opened, purchased by London and South Western Railway (L&SWR) 1847
- 22 August 1848: the Windsor, Staines and South Western Railway (WS&SWR) (under L&SWR auspices) extended the line to Staines and Datchet
- 1 December 1849: extended to Windsor
- 4 June 1856: the Staines, Wokingham and Woking Junction Railway (Staines - Ascot) opened, worked by the L&SWR
- 9 July 1856: extended to Wokingham, the junction with the South Eastern Railway line to Reading, opened in 1849
This line was electrified (750v DC third rail) 30th January 1916 by LSWR.
- the Hounslow Loop
This line was electrified (750v DC third rail) 12th March 1916 by LSWR
- the Chertsey branch
- [[14 February] 1848: Weybridge to Chertsey opened
- 1 October 1866: Chertsey to Virginia Water opened
This line was electrified (750v DC third rail) on 3rd January 1937 by Southern.