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Notice all the trains shown are of EMU 'slam-door' 1963 stock.
The passometer (walkway) across the station which also links Guildford Park Road is also receiving a facelift THE HISTORY OF GUILDFORD STATIONOne of the joys of producing a webpage is that it can be changed as you go along, and unlike the constraints of book publishing a webpage can be updated whenever any new material turns up thanks to the generous help of contributors.
Therefore it seems appropriate to revamp this page with a number of previously unpublished photos I have received and begin with a potted history of Guildford Railway Station and Guildford Motive Power Depot dating back almost 170 years…The original station at Guildford was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) on 5th May 1845when a six-mile length of single line track was constructed to connect with the London & South Western's main line at Woking; this was followed by another line from Redhill and yet another line was built to join with Farnham and Alton.
In 1849, a further branch to Farnham was opened at Ash Junction plus the 'through running' of trains commenced between Redhill, Guildford and Reading; indeed the single line from Ash Junction to Farnham played a big part in establishing Aldershot as the country's most important army camp.
I am pleased to say that £153.13 was donated to both...'I want to do is to repeat everything that appears in my books otherwise you'll never buy them!Also I must thank the following people who have generously made donations towards the costs of the plaque; without them, it wouldn’t have been possible: They are - Don Ottignon (who is probably the oldest hand here today) - Pat Kinsella - Bill Moore - Ben Darnton (of Ben’s Collectors Records) - Guildford Historian David Rose - Mick Stone - Charlotte, Emma and Ann Hampshire (in memory of Charlie Hampshire) - Barry Brockman (in memory of his father Arthur Brockman) - Terry Kerslake - Justin White - Malcolm (Mac) Mc Cabe - Alan Newman - Dave Jackson (in memory of John Butt who was Shedmaster here when I graduated to become a fireman in 1962) - John Mc Ivor - Ian Simpson - Geoff Ball - Guildford Rotary Club - Alan Nichols - Dave Bryce - Peter Blanthorn - an Anonymous Nine Elms Driver - Lew Wooldridge - George Michie - Neville Hodges - Jim Lester - Alan Cobbett - an Anonymous OSA Member - David Brown - Ian Barnett - Mick Rowswell and John Rowswell - Donald Baldwin - David Newbery - Allen Mansbridge - Brian Sessions - Tim Crowley (Traction Inspector from my firing days) - Ray Bartlett - Eddie Wells - Pat Evans - Tom Andrews - Bill Tickner - Derek Hayter - Bob Hunt - Alex Mc Clymont - Bernie Knibbs - John ‘Prof’ Nicholson from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - and finally, there is Barry Slater ex-55G Huddersfield Driver and member of the Bahamas Locomotive Society.