It was missing when details were first released, but the astonishing electrical control room at Woking will be open to the public as part of the Heritage Open Days at the weekend.


Built in the 1930s by Southern Railway, who were at the time one of the most innovate railways in the UK and leading the charge away from steam towards electricity.

As such, they needed an electricity control room, and what a room it is.

Housed in an unassuming, but nice concrete box, it’s the interior, which stuns the eye.


The control room will be open on both Sat & Sun (8th-9th Sept) and the following Saturday (15th Sept) from 10am to 2pm.

The address is between 107 and 109 York Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21.

If you are in the area, frankly, Woking has little else to offer, but one stop down the line is Guildford, which is rich in history and very easy to fill up the rest of the day there.


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  1. Peter Campion says:

    “frankly, Woking has little else to offer”
    What an ignorant and unnecessary thing to say.

    • Stu says:

      I suspect it is in the context of heritage open day, and hopefully not intended as a comment on Woking generally.

    • Peter Campion says:

      Here’s a listing of all the Heritage Open Day events in Woking:

    • Michael Bennett says:

      There will be a Model Railway Exhibition in Woking this weekend (Sept 8/9th). It is held at the Woking Leisure Centre and is usually very good – I have been many times.

  2. Colin says:

    To be fair, from a shopping perspective, Woking has all the usual suspects with covered and pedestrianised areas, the major high street banks, decent eateries, plenty of parking and a decent camera shop.
    Unlike Guildford, it doesn’t have a Barbour store though – bummer 🙂

  3. Russell says:

    Ian thanks for the head’s up

    Whilst in Woking you could also take in:
    – Woking Palace, also open this weekend
    – The Shah Jahan Mosque – oldest in England
    – The Peace Memorial Garden
    – The Martian from War of the Worlds (and Horsall Common where they landed)
    – The WWF Living Planet Centre next to the Basingstoke Canal

  4. JP says:

    Blimey, can’t say anything,can you?!
    Keep up the good work.
    ‘Disgusted of [Woking]’

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