Esoteric London

No. 673: Ram Street, SW18

Posted in The Wandle, Transport by esotericlondon on September 26, 2012

Ram Street, London, SW18. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

From the plaque on the wall in Ram Street, London, SW18:

The Surrey Iron Railway

was the first public railway in England, probably

the first in the world. The railway ran along

this road on it’s route from Croydon to the

mouth of the river Wandle, a distance of nearly

nine miles. Goods waggons were pulled by horses

along a track of cast iron plates laid on stone

sleepers, […].

The gauge was 4′ 2″.

It opened in 1803, following the passing of the

Surrey Iron Railway Act of 1801, and closed in

1846, the victim of the success of newer railways

powered by steam.

Wandsworth Society 1994