SiR 7) Cornwall Road to Croydon (Pitlake)

Pitlake is where the Surrey Iron Railway’s terminus depot was sited. From here deliveries were made to other parts of Croydon, or perhaps goods forwarded to/transferred from the continuation along the CMG, especially aggregates quarried from Merstham. Note: SiR = Surrey Iron Railway. CMG = Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway. CCR = Croydon Canal Railway Cornwall Road, with SiR […]

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SiR 6) Mitcham to Wandle Park (Waddon)

There is perhaps nothing better than taking a tram direct down the tracks to either Ampere Way or Waddon Marsh because its a ride on most of the old SiR route. Despite contrary apperances such as the lack of access footpaths however, one can walk alongside much of the Tramlink route between Mitcham Junction and Waddon Marsh. Its just a […]

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SiR 5) Hallowfield Way to Mitcham Jct

Having crossed Church Road into Hallowfield Way, the railway’s alignment heads towards a vehicle pound right at the bottom of the road. However there is no through route to Mitcham. This is attained by a side passage back up on the left of Hallowfield Way. Car pound at the bottom of Hallowfield Way on the SiR’s route. Ability to impound […]

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SiR 4) Colliers Wood to Church Lane

Wandle Park provides perhaps the most visible evidence of the former Surrey Iron Railway. As one enters the park there is a stream immediately ahead with a footbridge across it. Head away from this towards the cottages on the edge of the park. The rear boundaries of these cottages forms the approximate centre of the railway’s alignment, with the stream […]

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SiR 3) Summerstown to New Wimbledon

Summerstown was known as Garratt Green in the 19th Century. ‘Summerstown’ used to be called Church Road. Garratt Lane’s approach to Summerstown. The SiR crossed diagonally to the west side as it progressed towards The Mead The route of the SiR from Garratt Lane through Summerstown seems to offer a difference of opinion between the two noted authorities on the […]

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SiR 2) Wandsworth to Earlsfield

The Wandle as it approaches the Southside Centre. The tracks of the SiR ran along the left side bank of the river. At the south end of the Wandsworth shopping centre is Mapleton Crescent, one can find the River Wandle in an open channel. On the west bank of this section the SiR once ran. It headed towards Mapleton Road […]

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SiR 1) Through Wandsworth

Note: SiR = Surrey Iron Railway. CMG = Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway. CCR = Croydon Canal Railway As far as it appears just two pictures showing wagons at the SiR’s Wandsworth Basin are in existence. The more famous one is the Youngs painting which is depicted on the McMurrays Canal page and was painted around 1820. The other […]

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About The Surrey Iron Railway

The Railway from Wandsworth to Croydon This feature was specially prepared for the 210th anniversary of the official opening of one of the earliest public railways in the world, covering the Surrey Iron Railway between Wandsworth basin and the Pitlake terminus at Croydon. Some new, unpublished elements covering the railway’s history have also been added. Apart from one unillustrated, unpublicised […]

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Congreve’s Hydro-Pneumatic Canal Lift – A Humbug!

 The abortive lift scheme on the Regent’s Canal Before any locks were built on the Regent’s Canal, problems with acquiring a reliable water supply, forced the company to look at other methods of transferring boats from one level to another. This came in the form of Congreve’s lift which existed at Camden between 1814 and 1819. It was an experiment […]

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