The railway arrived in Rowlands Castle in 1859 and electrified in 1937, connecting London Waterloo to Portsmouth. The Rowlands Castle Station, between Petersfield and Havant Stations, was one of the stimuli for Rowlands Castle to develop into a residential village, being in the Portsmouth travel-to-work catchment. While an alternative site for a station was considered for the older hamlet of Finchdean, it is probable that the current site took preference because of the proximity and access to Stansted House and estate. The railway and its sidings benefitted the local brickworks and facilitated export of bricks to London and along the coast.
Subsequent research yet to be undertaken, will describe the railway line and its operation over the decades.