Thursday, 25 March 2010
a closed southern electric station
(Coombe Road, 12.3.1984)
This was Coombe Road on the old electrified line that used to skirt Croydon, closed in 1983. Closure of electric lines on the southern was very rare - I can only think of the Nunhead-Crystal Palace High Level (1954) and Haywards Heath-Horsted Keynes (1963) as precedents, though since the above closure the short Addiscombe and Coulsdon North lines have also closed.
This route didn't stay rail free for long as much of it was utilised by Croydon Tramlink, which also involved the compulsory purchase and demolition of a number of houses built on the trackbed after closure - something that is going to become very commonplace in the future as the Beeching cuts are reversed.