Esher railway station
Esher railway station is a mid-priority stop on the South Western Main Line operated by South West Trains in England. The station adjoins the north of Esher with two footpaths skirting around Sandown Park Racecourse, 300m after the main entrance of which is the linear, commercial aspect of the town. At off-peak times 2 trains per hour in both directions call at Esher; the termini being London Waterloo station by the South Bank, London and the larger Surrey town of Woking.
When the railway arrived here in 1838 immediately a minor request stop opened on a station built here and named Ditton Marsh as the wetter part of Ditton Common. The common marks the boundary separating what was then the west of Thames Ditton, from Esher. The station was opened on 21 May 1838, and the name was soon changed to Esher and Hampton Court Template:Circa. It has since been renamed twice more: to Esher and ClaremontUnknown extension tag "ref" in July 1844, and to Esher on 1 June 1913.<ref name=Butt92>Template:Harvnb</ref> It has also been shown as Esher for Claremont, or as Esher for Sandown Park in some timetables.<ref name=Butt92 />
The station and track is elevated with respect to the street level and recognisable by its distinctive wooden bridge, at an even higher level.<ref name=osl>OS Map with Listed Buildings and Parks marked</ref>
A special gate on the platform opens directly onto Sandown Park racecourse, particularly on its largest race days.
At off-peak times 2 trains per hour in both directions call at Esher; the termini being London Waterloo station by the South Bank, London and the larger Surrey town of Woking.
During peak hours additional trains operate.
To comply with distance travelled rules, for longer distance destinations using stations to the south-west, Walton on Thames and Woking are the points of change for longer destinations, see stations below.
Two additional island platforms are disused and not accessible to passengers though passed by through trains.
The station is in the west of Weston Green which falls within the Esher post town. Within 10 metres is the start of Esher parish itself, which has since its early medieval creation included the Sandown Park grounds. The station to the west has two footpaths skirting around Sandown Park Racecourse, 300m after the main entrance of which is the linear commercialised part of the town, followed by which are its other sublocalities: Lower Green, West End and Claremont. Esher is the closest railway station for all of Esher's buildings by road.<ref name=osl/> The eastern half of Weston Green is in the Thames Ditton post town and its closest station is on a short branch to Hampton Court, Thames Ditton railway station.
In film, television, fiction and the media
Esher railway station featured on Little Howard's Big Question, a children's TV show, when they confused the Dutch graphic and mathematical artist M. C. Escher with Esher and one of his drawings is mistakenly thought to be the railway station.
- Esher railway station in 2008.jpg
Esher railway station passenger footbridge in 2008.
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Esher station platforms.
- Weston Green
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