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This photograph from the Guildford Institute Archive shows the view through the main gates of Guildford station in the depths of winter (date unknown).The station is on the left, the goods shed in the middle and Walnut Tree Close on the right flanked by the Billing & Son Printing Works.Now a little bit about our invited guest Richard Greenwood.Rochdale-born and bred and with railways in his blood, Richard attended the Law College at Guildford during 1961-62 whilst I was working here as an engine cleaner and young fireman.In 1859, Godalming ceased to be the end of the short branch line when the Portsmouth Direct line was completed.This was followed by a 15½ mile single track branch from Horsham with a passing loop at Baynards (with additional loops installed later at other stations).In his speech to around 40 people who gathered at the pedestrian entrance to the car park, Geoff Burch said - 'It doesn't seem that long ago when Pat Kinsella and I departed from here aboard our respective locomotives BR Standard Class 5 to go light-engines to Salisbury, not forgetting the other drivers and firemen who left here that day.

However, Bill Bunce, Pat Kinsella and I put our heads together and came up with an idea which has ended up a full-blown plaque unveiling ceremony!

Notice all the trains shown are of EMU 'slam-door' 1963 stock.

The passometer (walkway) across the station which also links Guildford Park Road is also receiving a facelift THE HISTORY OF GUILDFORD STATIONOne of the joys of producing a webpage is that it can be changed as you go along, and unlike the constraints of book publishing a webpage can be updated whenever any new material turns up thanks to the generous help of contributors.

With a keen photographer's eye, he captured hundreds of superb images of locomotives and I'm therefore indebted to Richard for his kindness in allowing me use a number of them in various books that I've self-published.

During the 1960s Richard led local opposition to the Beeching Axe when, almost at a stroke, Britain lost thousands of miles of its rail network.

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