Crewkerne railway station

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Crewkerne National Rail
Crewkerne
Location
Place Crewkerne
Local authority South Somerset
Coordinates 50°52′25″N 2°46′38″W / 50.8736°N 2.7771°W / 50.8736; -2.7771Coordinates: 50°52′25″N 2°46′38″W / 50.8736°N 2.7771°W / 50.8736; -2.7771
Grid reference ST453085
Operations
Station code CKN
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 87,835
2004/05 Increase 97,021
2005/06 Decrease 91,754
2006/07 Increase 93.213
2007/08 Increase 98,515
2008/09 Increase 0.116 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.100 million
2010/11 Increase 0.115 million
2011/12 Increase 0.125 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.123 million
History
Original company London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
1860 Opened
1967 Line singled
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Crewkerne from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Crewkerne railway station is located in Misterton, Somerset, England, and serves the area around the town of Crewkerne. It is 131.4 miles (211.5 km) from London Waterloo on the West of England Main Line to Exeter. The main building is listed Grade II and is surrounded by several other old railway buildings.

History[edit]

The goods shed built in 1860

The station was opened on 19 July 1860 when the LSWR opened its Yeovil and Exeter Railway. A wooden signal box was erected in 1875 on the eastbound platform, just east of the main offices.[1]

In 1923 the LSWR became part of the Southern Railway following the Railways Act 1921, and on 1 January 1948 the Southern Railway was itself nationalised to become the Southern Region of British Railways. On 24 April 1953 it was the scene of an accident when an axle of Merchant Navy Class 35020 Bibby Line broke while it was passing the station. This caused the platform canopy to be demolished.[1]

A new signal box was built in 1960 a little to the east of the old one, which was then demolished. In January 1963 all the lines in the area transferred to the Western Region and on 7 May 1967 the main line was rationalised.[1] The 21.5 miles (34.6 km) section between Sherborne and Chard Junction was reduced to just a single track,[1] although this has since been shortened to just 16.8 miles (27.0 km) between Yeovil Junction and Chard Junction.[2]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Sutton Bingham   London and South Western Railway
London Waterloo to Devon and Cornwall
  Chard Junction

Description[edit]

The signal box built in 1960

The station is about a mile southeast of Crewkerne on the A356 road, which crosses the platform and railway on a bridge.[3] The entrance and platform are on the north side of the line, which is climbing westwards at 1 in 80 (1.25%) to the 206-yard (188 m) Crewkerne Tunnel.[1] The main building was designed by Sir William Tite and has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[4] North of the station is a builder’s yard which is on the site of the old railway goods yard. The office by the main road was used to operate the weighbridge, and the old goods shed can be seen near the railway line. Between this and the platform is the disused signal box.[3]

Services[edit]

A train to Waterloo

The station is managed by South West Trains[5] who operate an hourly service throughout most of the week between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo station.[6]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Yeovil Junction   South West Trains
West of England Main Line
  Axminster

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Phillips, Derek; Pryer, George (1997). The Salisbury to Exeter Line. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-525-6. 
  2. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2005). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X. 
  3. ^ a b Oakley, Mike (2006). Somerset Railway Stations. Bristol: Redcliffe Press. ISBN 1-904537-54-5. 
  4. ^ "Crewkerne Railway Station". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Station Facilities: Crewkerne (CKN)". National Rail Enquiries. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Table 160: London to Salisbury and Exeter" (PDF). Electronic National Rail Timetable. Network Rail. December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-14.