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The last train from Chichester to Midhurst
Last train to Midhurst from Chichester - click for larger image - ©

In the early hours of 19th Nov.1951 floods washed away an embankment, just south of Midhurst, approximately were Holmbush Industrial Estate stands today. One of the streams that feeds South Pond ran under the embankment through a culvert which became blocked. Subsequentally the large build up of backed up water broke through taking the line with it. The crew of an approaching goods train pulled by locomotive Ex LB&SCR C2X - No.32522 barely managed to leap from the locomotive seconds before it fell into the gap. As a result the line between Cocking and Midhurst was abandoned. The Midhurst to Chichester line was opened in 1881, passenger services had been withdrawn in 1935.

photo by George Garland
Photo by George Garland - and published as a postcard
recovery of loco
Recovery of loco
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