Corsham railway station

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Corsham
Corsham station engine house spring 2007 Ben Croft.jpg
The station, viewed from the footbridge
Location
Place Corsham
Area Wiltshire
Coordinates 51°25′31″N 2°11′21″W / 51.42535°N 2.18924°W / 51.42535; -2.18924Coordinates: 51°25′31″N 2°11′21″W / 51.42535°N 2.18924°W / 51.42535; -2.18924
Operations
Original company Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
June 1841 Opened
4 January 1965 Closed
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Corsham railway station served the town of Corsham in Wiltshire, England. The station was on the Great Western Railway main line from London to Bristol and was opened when the Chippenham to Bath section opened in June 1841.

The station was situated in a cutting to the south of the town with the main station building at the top of the cutting on the town side. There were small shelters with canopies on each of the two platforms. Passengers accessed the up platform using a path and the down platform from the footbridge. The Station Hotel was situated alongside the main station building, this was demolished and used by a local coal merchant.

Corsham had extensive and much-used sidings on both sides of the track to the west of the station, with a goods shed and a loading dock. The main goods traffic was stone from the quarries under Box Hill, which was brought to the lineside by a tramway system of 2 ft 5 12 in (750 mm) gauge. The sidings led right up to the mouth of Box Tunnel, whose eastern portal is less than a mile from the station. A main line siding also extended to an underground wharf in Corsham Down Quarry near the tunnel.[1]

Passenger services were withdrawn from Corsham with the end of stopping services between Bristol and Swindon in January 1965. Goods traffic had ended in June 1963, though the siding with the loading dock remained in place until 1978. Of the station structures, only the goods shed now remains, though the footbridge is still in place as part of a footpath across the main line.[2]

The recent growth of the town of Corsham has led to demand for a new station and in 2009 as part of a consultation exercise to investigate the reopening of the station, the District Council conducted a survey which received over 3000 replies.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, A.T.; Pearce; Perkins, J.W. (1979). Bath Stone, a quarry history. p. [page needed]. ISBN 0 906230 26 8. 
  2. ^ Wiltshire Railway Stations, 2004, Mike Oakley, ISBN 1-904349-33-1
  3. ^ "Support for railway station plan". news.bbc.co.uk. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 

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