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Transport in the 1930s
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Late 1920s/early1930s

Class L12 passing through Cheam Station in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Note (as in the picture below) that the third rail is present for local electric services.

Picture Copyright © The Mike Morant Collection

Late 1920s/early1930s

Class B4X at Cheam in the late 1920s or early 30s.

Picture Copyright © The Mike Morant Collection

1930s

Drummond L12 4-4-0 number 442 passing through Carshalton Station. Probably taken shortly before the electric service to Portsmouth via Mitcham Junction was inaugurated. Note that the third coach is a Pullman.

Picture Copyright © The Mike Morant Collection

1930s

Wallington goods shed, with a third-rail electric train approaching from Carshalton Beeches. The goods shed provided for the loading and unloading of railway wagons in the dry, and, stood where the station car park is now to be found.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1934 - September

In 1934 an exhibition train, hauled by the Southern Railway's Lord Nelson class No. 859 'Lord Hood', visited Sutton and was placed in the goods yard adjacent to the station. The exhibition was one that was regularly seen around the Southern Railway system before the war. The Lord Nelson class of locomotive was then the most powerful on the Southern Railway.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1934 - September

Whatever the purpose of the exhibition (see picture above), the cab of the engine was a huge attraction for visiting schoolboys!

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1935

This scene from the Benhill Avenue tram terminus in the centre of Sutton
dates from 1935. The trolleybuses were about to commence running on tram-replacement route 654, and are testing the new overhead electrical equipment prior to the changeover.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

c. 1936

A railway 'races special' approaching Sutton on its way to Epsom Downs is pictured around 1936. The Epsom Downs branch carried huge numbers of race-goers on race days, and Derby Days often saw its use by the Royal train.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1936 - July

In July 1836 a 3-car suburban railway unit became derailed at Cheam - is anyone able to provide any further information relating to this incident for us? If so, then please do
CONTACT us.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1936 - July

Another view of the accident shown above.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1936 - July

A train from Bognor Regis approaches Cheam in July 1936 on its way to Victoria station. These electric multiple units were classed 4-COR units, but were affectionately known as 'Nelsons', in acknowledgement of the single front driver's window.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1937 - Autumn

The 156 bus route was unusual in as much as it was circular, beginning and ending at Morden Station to feed the tube station. Seen here at the crossroads at the top of Sutton (well known as ‘The Cock’ after the adjacent public house) in 1937, this bus was a Dennis Lance built in 1930.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1938 - Spring

An London Transport LT class ‘Scooter’ at Cheam cross Roads. Even in 1938 this busy junction was controlled by traffic lights.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1938 - 1st June

A London Transport STD class bus scurries along Belmont Rise on a Derby Day special between Morden Station and the Epsom racecourse. The Sutton Bypass had opened ten years earlier, and is somewhat busier today!

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1938

STL1009 turns in Cheam Village behind a bull-nosed Morris car in the winter of 1938. The advert on the side of the bus is for Hammond & Hussey, a well known Croydon ironmonger and builders merchants.

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

1938

STL966 in West Drive Cheam on the lengthy Country Area route 403 between Tonbridge and Leatherhead via Croydon. The route was run in two overlapping sections: Chelsham to Leatherhead, and Tonbridge to Wallington. Note the lack of a door, and what London Transport famously described as the ‘draft-proof’ entrance! We have yet to discover why the vehicle was in West Drive, which is away from its normal line of route - possibly a publicity photograph?

From the Sutton Local Studies Collection

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