Farnham railway station

Farnham railway station serves the town of Farnham in Surrey, England.

Farnham
National Rail
Farnham railway station 1.jpg
LocationFarnham, Waverley
United Kingdom
Grid referenceSU844465
Managed bySouth Western Railway
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeFNH
ClassificationDfT category C2
History
Opened8 October 1849 (8 October 1849)
Passengers
2014/15Increase 1.634 million[1]
 Interchange Decrease 216
2015/16Increase 1.657 million[1]
 Interchange Increase 649
2016/17Decrease 1.621 million[1]
 Interchange Increase 865
2017/18Decrease 1.563 million[1]
 Interchange Decrease 853
2018/19Steady 1.563 million[1]
 Interchange Increase 1,006
A 1912 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Farnham railway station

Train services are provided by South Western Railway, with direct trains running to Guildford, Aldershot, Alton, Woking, Surbiton, Clapham Junction and London Waterloo.

Trains are formed of modern electric multiple units. Steam trains and freight trains are seen quite often, travelling from/to the Watercress Line and Holybourne oil terminal.

There is a buffet in the booking hall selling newspapers, hot and cold beverages, confectionery, snacks, hot food and tobacco products.

The station parking has been expanded with an additional 134 spaces with the addition of a dual level car park facility, including additional lighting, security cameras and improved entrance.[2]

HistoryEdit

The station was opened on 8 October 1849, on a route from Guildford via Ash Green and Tongham.[3] The line from Aldershot station opened in 1870 and was electrified on 4 July 1937. Passenger services via Ash Green Halt and Tongham ceased on the same date.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Tongham station   British Railways
Southern Region

Tongham Railway
  Terminus

Farnham station in fictionEdit

Sherlock HolmesEdit

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travelled by train to Farnham in "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist". Holmes said, "A beautiful neighbourhood and full of the most interesting associations. You remember, Watson, that it was near there that we took Archie Stamford, the forger."

Watson recounted, "We had ascertained from the lady that she went down upon the Monday by the train which leaves Waterloo at 9.50, so I started early and caught the 9:13." He did this on Monday, 25 April 1895. Holmes himself travelled to Farnham the next day, returning to Baker Street "late in the evening with a cut lip and a discoloured lump upon his forehead, besides a general air of dissipation which would have made his own person the fitting object of a Scotland Yard investigation".

Sherlock Holmes, as a young boy, also lives in the Farnham area with his aunt and uncle in Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock Holmes series of books. The station features prominently as Holmes, his friend, and his tutor often travel by train to London Waterloo when they are going to visit Holmes's brother Mycroft Holmes.

ServicesEdit

The typical off-peak service (Monday to Saturday) from the station is of two trains per hour to London Waterloo, and two per hour to Alton. There are also two trains per hour to Guildford.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Aldershot   South Western Railway
Alton Line
  Bentley
  South Western Railway
Guildford to Farnham line
Monday to Saturday
  Terminus
Terminus   South Western Railway
Bordon SWR Coach Link
  Bordon

BusesEdit

Stagecoach Buses routes 5; 17; 18; 19; and 46 serve the station.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  2. ^ Neal, Charlotte (2 November 2016). "Commuters may find it easier to park at revamped Farnham station". SurreyLive. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Basingstoke Railway History in Maps". Christopher Tolley. 2001. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2015.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°12′43″N 0°47′31″W / 51.212°N 0.792°W / 51.212; -0.792