In a sophisticated analysis of the causes, perhaps World War II was the ultimate cause of closure. Clapp had a plan to extend Kew line underground to the other side of Kew Post Office and then run on the surface to Doncaster, with 5 new stations.
I would say that WWII put paid to any funding for railway line extensions. with the war effort.
I think our esteemed archivist, ninthnotch, has the plans and may post them. I took some pics, but cannot find them immediately.
Kew Line Pics
Kew Yard - Closed
Dismantling Train at Kew Yard
Dismantling Train, between Hawthorn and Barker
Dismantling Train, from the platform at Kew
A sus photo. I cannot date this, but I doubt this is the Kew line in 1950 or 1955, due the holland type signal in the photo. This is plat 3 at Hawthorn, photo legend depicts "Kew Line" ... but I doubt the provenance of this photo.
A search for J532 on PROV should turn up photos of J532 and the dismantling train at various locations, including Hawthorn yard.
During the days of operation of the Kew line, where were the mickeys
stabled; Kew or Hawthorn?
And, to the archivist, a back issue of Newsrail, circa 1982, has a article with a screenshot with the Kew driver's roster in it. I recall it was a roster for a Sunday evening service, circa 1936. It was non stop work with 2-3 minute turnarounds. Must have been a busy line, in its heyday.
EDIT - seems Ninthnotch and I were both bored at work at the same time!
apologies for the double post.
Notch, where did you come up with the reference to the A2 on the dismantling train?