Cheddar railway station

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Cheddar
Cheddar station.jpg
Location
Place Cheddar
Area Somerset
Coordinates 51°16′33″N 2°47′03″W / 51.27571°N 2.78408°W / 51.27571; -2.78408Coordinates: 51°16′33″N 2°47′03″W / 51.27571°N 2.78408°W / 51.27571; -2.78408
Operations
Original company Bristol and Exeter Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
History
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Cheddar railway station was a station on the Bristol and Exeter Railway's Cheddar Valley line in Cheddar, Somerset. The station had substantial goods traffic based on the locally-grown strawberries, which led to the line's alternative name as The Strawberry Line.

History[edit]

The station was opened as the temporary terminus of the broad gauge line in August 1869. The railway was extended to Wells in 1870, converted to standard gauge in the mid-1870s and then linked up to the East Somerset Railway to provide through services from Yatton to Witham in 1878. All the railways involved were absorbed into the Great Western Railway in the 1870s.[1]

Cheddar was the largest station on the line, with a big station building and an all-over roof that covered both platforms.

The Yatton to Witham line closed to passengers in 1963. Cheddar remained open for goods until November 1965, and even then a private siding kept the line in place until March 1969.

Most of the station buildings still exist in other uses, but the overall roof was taken down soon after the passenger service was withdrawn.[2]

Services[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Axbridge   Great Western Railway
Cheddar Valley Railway
  Draycott

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway. 2 (1863-1921) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway. 
  2. ^ Oakley, Mike (October 2002). Somerset Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. pp. pp. 40. ISBN 1-904349-09-9.