Abbotsbury railway station

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Abbotsbury
Abbotsbury-Railway-Building-by-Ray-Beer.jpg
Location
Place Abbotsbury
Area West Dorset
Coordinates 50°39′57″N 2°35′29″W / 50.66586°N 2.59139°W / 50.66586; -2.59139Coordinates: 50°39′57″N 2°35′29″W / 50.66586°N 2.59139°W / 50.66586; -2.59139
Operations
Original company Abbotsbury Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
9 November 1885 Station opens
1 December 1952 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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Abbotsbury was the terminus of the Abbotsbury branch railway in the west of the English county of Dorset. Serving the village of Abbotsbury, it was sited across the fields a mile from the village on the Weymouth to Abbotsbury road, because the railway could not buy the land needed to build the station nearer to the village. Plans for westward expansion came to nothing and led to the railway petering out in a shallow cutting to the west of the station.

History[edit]

Opened by the Abbotsbury Railway Company in 1885, it was operated from the start by the Great Western Railway. The line then passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Portesham
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Abbotsbury branch railway
  Terminus

Buildings[edit]

A typical William Clarke stone building served the single platform. The station also had a signal box and engine shed, although neither of these operated for long. The ruins of the engine shed remained until closure. The goods shed however functioned for the life of the branch.

The station closed with the branch in 1952.

The site today[edit]

The station building has now been replaced with a private dwelling although the platform remains underneath the length of the building.

Film[edit]

The station makes short appearances in the Powell and Pressburger film The Small Back Room.

References[edit]

  • R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd.  ISBN 1-85260-508-1
  • A. Jowett, (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas. Atlantic Publishing.  ISBN 0-906899-99-0

Further reading[edit]

  • Brian L. Jackson. The Abbotsbury Branch. Wild Swan Publications Ltd. 1989.  ISBN 0-906867-80-0
  • Paul Karau , (1977). Great Western Branch Line Termini Combined edition. Oxford Publishing Company and Paul Karau.  ISBN 0-86093-369-5