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Disused railway station in Hampshire, England

Whitchurch Town railway station was a station on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in England. It served the city of Whitchurch, Hampshire, between 1885 and 1960.

History[edit]

The Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway (DN&S) was opened in levels. The part between Enborne Junction (to the west of Newbury) and Winchester was formally opened on 1 May 1885, public companies starting on 4 May; among the many unique stations was one named Whitchurch.[3] It was 12 miles 57 chains (20.5 km) from Enborne Junction, and 31 miles 64 chains (51.2 km) from Didcot.[4]

Whitchurch was already served by one railway station on the LSWR which survives to at the present time. The DNSR had a alternative of connecting to the LSWR and constructing a station close by to assist interchange visitors. However, it determined to construct the station additional south, nearer to the city.[5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 23 September 1954, a freight practice overran indicators and was derailed by entice factors.[7]
  • On 12 February 1960, a freight practice overran indicators and was derailed by entice factors.[7]

Facilities[edit]

The station was comparatively massive in comparison with others on this part of the road together with a bigger station constructing on the northbound platform and a subway to hyperlink the 2 platforms. There was additionally an extended passing loop and three sidings full with a big items shed. The station additionally boasted a water crane and water tower.

Working[edit]

The DN&S was labored by the Great Western Railway (GWR), and on the 1923 Grouping, the DN&S was absorbed by the GWR.[8] The GWR had different stations additionally named Whitchurch, and to differentiate them, most had been renamed: this one turned Whitchurch (Hants) on 1 July 1924.

Temporary closure[edit]

Like different stations on the previous DN&S line, Whitchurch (Hants) station was closed quickly on 4 August 1942 in order that the road may very well be upgraded for wartime freight trains; it reopened on 8 March 1943.[9]

Final closure[edit]

Following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948, British Railways renamed the station Whitchurch Town on 26 September 1949, a reputation which it retained till closure to passengers on 7 March 1960. Goods companies continued, however these ceased as from 6 May 1963.

References[edit]

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (hyperlink)
  • Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (fifth ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176.CS1 maint: ref=harv (hyperlink)
  • Judge, Colin W. (1984). An Historical Survey of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway. Poole: Oxford Publishing Co. ISBN 0-86093-149-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (hyperlink)
  • Sands, T.B. (1971). The Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Lingfield: Oakwood Press. OL28.CS1 maint: ref=harv (hyperlink)

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