Burnham-on-Sea railway station

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Burnham-on-Sea signal box at Washford.jpg
The old signal box, now restored at Washford
Place Burnham-on-Sea
Area Sedgemoor
Grid reference ST305488
Pre-grouping Somerset Central Railway
Post-grouping SR and LMS
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
3 May 1858 Opened (Burnham)
12 July 1920 Renamed (Burnham-on-Sea)
29 October 1951 Closed to passenger traffic
8 September 1962 Closed to excursion traffic
20 May 1963 Closed to goods traffic
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Burnham-on-Sea railway station at Burnham-on-Sea was the terminus of the Burnham branch of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. Opened as Burnham by the Somerset Central Railway on 3 May 1858, it was renamed in 1920.


The station, situated behind Abingdon Street, was a terminus although a through platform allowed services to travel on to a 900 ft pier on the river. For a few years the railway operated steamers across the Bristol Channel to Wales.[1] Railway operations onto the pier ceased in 1888 although the pier continued in use for vessels until the 1950s. Perhaps the strangest use of the railway along the pier was by lifeboat, which was pushed on rails from the old lifeboat station (behind the current Morrisons store) and onto the "main line", across the esplanade, and down the pier where the lifeboat could be launched if the tide was right[2]

Burnham-on-Sea closed when regular passenger services were curtailed at Highbridge on the 28 October 1951. Excursion traffic continued until 1962, and the goods depot remained open until 1963.

The nearest station to Burnham is now the former join-GWR junction station known as Highbridge and Burnham.

The station in 1962
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Highbridge & Burnham
Line closed station open
  Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
LSWR and Midland Railways

The site today[edit]

After station's closure, the platform and goods shed were demolished. An adjacent pub on the High Street was resultantly renamed the Somerset & Dorset. The new RNLI station and yard occupy land to the south and east of the former main station building, adjacent to the site of the former excursion platform. The first ever specifically-designed Somerfield supermarket was built to the seaward-west side, which is now a Morrisons. The former trackbed eastwards was developed into Marine Drive, a road which has helped ease traffic flow into the town.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd.  ISBN 1-85260-508-1


  1. ^ Burnham
  2. ^ Smith, John (11 April 2007). "Storms close 'last' section of S&D in regular use". Heritage Railway (Horncastle: Mortons Media Group) (96): 26–27. ISSN 1466-3562. 
  3. ^ Burnham

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Coordinates: 51°14′03″N 2°59′49″W / 51.23413°N 2.99684°W / 51.23413; -2.99684