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Croydon, Merstham & Godstone Railway

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The surviving Croydon, Merstham & Godstone Railway plateway track has been moved into storage underground in Reigate Caves.  The plates came from quarries connected to the railway. Access to the caves to take the photographs on this page was kindly granted by the Wealden Cave & Mine Society
 
 
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The track on display in Reigate Caves on 13th June 2009 . The plates were from the quarry in Godstone and were on display courtesy of the Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society. The "L" section of the plateway track can clearly be seen in this view.
 
Another section of track was previously on display at the limestone works at Godstone. This display was moved to a site adjacent to the Jolliffe Arms when the lime-works site was cleared. The display remained until the 1980s.
 
There was also a small display of track in a garden on Quality Street in Merstham. The plates from this exhibit have now been moved. Please contact the webmaster if you know the current location of either these rails or the ones previously on display near the Jolliffe Arms.

 
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A view along the track.  The gauge of the Croydon, Merstham & Godstone Railway and the quarries it served was 4ft 2in.  Unlike a conventional railway, the gauge of plateway track is measured over the outer faces of the two uprights of the "L" section plates. Reigate Caves 13th June 2009.
 

 
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A stack of plateway plates from the quarries at Godstone. Photograph taken at Reigate Caves 13th June 2009.
 
  
         
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Another view of the stack of former plateway plates.  13th June 2009.
 

 
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A side view of the track.  Photograph taken from an adjacent side tunnel at Reigate Caves 13th June 2009.
 
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Another side view of the track.  Reigate Caves 13th June 2009.
  

 
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There is plenty of unobstructed space between the lines of rails for the horse hauling the wagons to walk. It is believed that there were also towpaths each side of the track on the Surrey Iron Railway and the Croydon, Merstham & Godstone Railway. Reigate Caves 13th June 2009.
 

         
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Another view of the track from the side cave.  13th June 2009.
 
 
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Some of the tracks in the quarry at Godstone were laid with the uprights of the "L" section rails the outer edges.
Reigate Caves 13th June 2009.

 
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Another view of the track from Godstone.  Photographed at Reigate Caves 13th June 2009. 
 

The Croydon, Merstham & Godstone Railway was an extension to the Surrey Iron Railway
 
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