Ampress Works Halt railway station

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Ampress Works Halt
Ampress Works Halt, Lymington (in 2006).jpg
The former station in 2006
Location
Place Lymington
Area New Forest
Grid reference SZ316969
Operations
Original company Southern Region of British Railways
History
1 October 1956 Station opened as Ampress Works Halt
By September 1970 Station renamed Ampress
1989 Station closed
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Ampress Works Halt was a halt station on the Lymington Branch Line which, between 1956 and 1989, served the Wellworthy engineering works near Lymington in Hampshire, England. Sited near the bridge over the A337 Lymington to Brockenhurst road, the station closed when the engineering works ceased operation. The station never appeared in any public timetable.[1]

History[edit]

Opened by the Southern Region of British Railways in 1956, the station was served by Network SouthEast from the introduction of sectorisation until its closure. It was situated approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) from Lymington Town station near a bridge over the A337, and it was primarily intended for workers at the nearby Wellworthy factory. Constructed of concrete with chain-link fencing,[2] it never appeared in any timetables and its demise came with the closure of the Wellworthy factory in 1989.

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Shirley Holms Halt   Lymington Branch Line   Lymington Town

The site today[edit]

Trains on the electrified Lymington branch line still pass the site. However as of June 2006 the new Lymington Hospital is being built on part of the old Wellworthy site, and the town of Lymington has also grown northwards to surround the location. The idea of reopening the halt, which still physically exists, has been discussed.[3]

The station's former sign now hangs on the wall of the train shed at Eastleigh Lakeside Railway at the Lakeside Country Park.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Croughton, G.; Kidner, R.W.; Young, A. (1982). Private and Untimetabled Railway Stations. Trowbridge, Wilts: Oakwood Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-85361-281-1. 
  2. ^ Kidner, R. W. (1985). Southern Railway Halts. Survey and Gazetteer. Headington, Oxford: The Oakwood Press. p. 39. ISBN 0-85361-321-4. 
  3. ^ New Forest District Council PDF (101 KiB)
  4. ^ RailUK Forums, 13 August 2006.

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 50°46′18″N 1°33′07″W / 50.771660°N 1.551890°W / 50.771660; -1.551890