Calne railway station

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Calne
Calne station probable site geograph-3128094-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Probable site of Calne station, 1989
Location
Place Calne
Area Wiltshire
Grid reference ST995706
Operations
Original company Calne Railway[1]
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 1
History
3 November 1863 Opened[2]
20 September 1965 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Calne railway station was opened on 3 November 1863 by the Great Western Railway as a terminus for the branch line from the Great Western mainline (with a junction at Chippenham). It was situated a short distance from Calne town centre and was equipped with only one platform. The station, when first opened, had its own engine shed.

In the early years of the station's history, the seven sidings were usually full due to the amount of traffic coming in from the nearby Chippenham railway station. Calne was the terminus of the 5 mi line from Chippenham.

The station was always for public use all the way from its beginning until its closure in 1965, as part of the nationwide Beeching Axe, as it was one of the least profitable lines in the entire country.[citation needed] It closed and the buildings were left to be vandalised but were eventually taken down. A few years later, the area was built on to become Station Road Industrial Estate and as of 2014 a small housing development is being built on the site.

Chippenham and Calne Line
Great Western Main Line
Chippenham
Stanley Bridge Halt
Black Dog Halt
Calne
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Black Dog Halt   BR (Western Region)
Chippenham and Calne Line
  Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/c/calne/index.shtml
  2. ^ 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. p. 51. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 

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Coordinates: 51°26′07″N 2°00′31″W / 51.43530°N 2.00858°W / 51.43530; -2.00858