Abingdon railway station

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Abingdon
Abingdon station site geograph-3225445-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Location of the former station (1992)
Location
Place Abingdon
Area Vale of White Horse
Coordinates 51°40′20″N 1°16′48″W / 51.67223°N 1.28009°W / 51.67223; -1.28009Coordinates: 51°40′20″N 1°16′48″W / 51.67223°N 1.28009°W / 51.67223; -1.28009
Grid reference SU499973
Operations
Original company Abingdon Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping GWR
Platforms 1
History
2 June 1856 Station opens
9 September 1963 Station closes to passengers
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Abingdon railway station was a station which until 1963 served the town of Abingdon, then in Berkshire, now in Oxfordshire, in England.

History[edit]

The station was built by the Abingdon Railway, although this was operated by the Great Western Railway (GWR) from opening on 2 June 1856. The station and yard were built to the broad gauge on land acquired from the Mayor and Aldermen of the Borough of Abingdon on 19 March 1856 at a cost of £472. Seven properties were demolished to make way for the station and yard, including the Plough Inn which was subsequently rebuilt at a different location. The approach to the station from Stert Street had gates and no public right of way was allowed.[1] Station facilities consisted of a single platform covered by a timber train shed.[1] A locomotive shed was built on land which was never formally conveyed to the railway, but later acquired by adverse possession.[1]

The Abingdon Railway was absorbed by the GWR on 15 August 1904.[2] The line passed on to the Western Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948, and was then closed to passengers by the British Railways Board in 1963. However the branch was used by freight, notably MG Cars, and the occasional passenger excursion, the last of which took place in June 1984.

The branch track was lifted in the late 1980s.

Routes[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Abingdon Junction
Station closed; Line open
before 1872
  Abingdon Railway
Great Western Railway
  Terminus
Radley
Station open; Line open
after 1872
Abingdon Railway
Great Western Railway

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 0-9068-9999-0. OCLC 228266687. 
  • Trippett, Nigel; de Courtais, Nicholas (1985). The Abingdon Branch. Upper Bucklebury, Berks.: Wild Swan Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-906867-29-0. 

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