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Locomotive 32551 shunting on the Petersfield line at Midhurst. The Chichester line is to the left. photo C. Hogg C1954
Locomotive 32551 shunting on the Petersfield line at Midhurst. The Chichester line is to the left. photo- C. Hogg, c.1954.. This photo was taken approximately from were the rear yard of the fire station is today, New road is to the far right. Holmbush Way followed the route taken by the Chichester line, to the left.
Bosham to Midhurst Parcels Ticket - c.1902-04
Bosham to Midhurst Parcels Ticket - c.1902-04, in house collection
map of Railways in the Rother Valley area showing pre-grouping ownership
Selham Station in the 1960s - click for more
Selham Station in the 1960s - click for more


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A century ago three railway branches operated in the Rother Valley. Midhurst to Petersfield going west, Midhurst to Pulborough eastwards and a third tunneling through the Downs heading south to Chichester.
First to reach Midhurst was built by the LSWR, [London & South Western Railway] from Petersfield, with stations at Rogate and Elsted, opened 1st September 1864
[closed 5 February 1955]....more here
Second company to Midhurst was the LB&SCR, [London Brighton & South Coast Railway], which operated the main Horsham to London line. This was extended to Pulborough, Fittleworth and Petworth opening 10th October 1859. The Midhurst, Petworth extension opened 15 October 1866 with Selham the only stop between the two.
[closed- Passengers 1955 - goods 1966]
The third and very expensive line to Chichester opened 11 July 1881. Built by the LB&SCR it had stations at Cocking, Singleton and Lavant, with tunnels through the South Downs.
[closed- Passengers 1935 - goods 1953]

Midhurst to Petersfield Line
Last train from Chichester to Midhurst - 1951 crashed
Goods train derailed near Cocking - 1904
Royal Train at Midhurst Station 1906 - photo
Midhurst Station photographs to 1968
Fittleworth Station
Selham Station - photos info
Timetable - Horsham - Midhurst - Chichester
The selsey Tram - collection of old images
Video of the Selsey Tram c.1937
Film showing West Sussex Lines from 1930s to 60s

map of Midhurst showing railway junctions and stations 1914
Ticket for dog from Selham station

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