Farnham railway station

Farnham National Rail
Place Farnham
Local authority Waverley
Grid reference SU844465
Station code FNH
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  1.126 million
2005/06 Increase 1.173 million
2006/07 Increase 1.262 million
2007/08 Increase 1.467 million
2008/09 Increase 1.510 million
2009/10 Increase 1.546 million
2010/11 Increase 1.562 million
2011/12 Increase 1.575 million
2012/13 Increase 1.593 million
2013/14 Increase 1.594 million
Key dates Opened 8 October 1849 (8 October 1849)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Farnham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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A 1912 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Farnham railway station

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

Train services are provided by South West Trains, with direct trains running to 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 was opened on 8 October 1849, on a route from Guildford via Ash Green and Tongham.[1] 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

Farnham station in fiction

Sherlock Holmes

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 Sherlock, his friend, and his tutor often travel by train to London Waterloo when they are going to visit Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes.


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.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Aldershot   South West Trains
Alton Line
  Bentley or Alton
Terminus   South West Trains
Bordon SWT Coach Link


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


  1. "Basingstoke Railway History in Maps". Christopher Tolley. 2001. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2015.

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

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