Faringdon railway station

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Faringdon
Faringdon railway station.JPG
Location
Place Faringdon
Area Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire
Grid reference SU287951
Operations
Original company Faringdon branch
Pre-grouping Faringdon Railway Company
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
1864 Station opens
1951 Station closes to passengers
1964 Station closes to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Faringdon

Faringdon Railway Station is a closed stone and brick built railway station that served the market town of Faringdon, in Oxfordshire, England and was on the Faringdon branch line.

History[edit]

The line was opened on 1 June 1864,[1] between Faringdon and the Great Western Railway (GWR) at Uffington, with construction funded by a consortium of local business men called the Faringdon Railway Company which was purchased outright by the GWR in 1886.[2] Constructed as a broad gauge line it was converted to standard gauge in 1878. Passenger traffic peaked in 1913, but later declined to such an extent that the passenger service was withdrawn on 31 December 1951.[1] Freight traffic continued to use the line until the Beeching cuts of 1964.

Faringdon Town Council proposed in 2005 to reopen the line[3] but it remains closed.

The station building is still extant, having been used for various commercial purposes; it has been a children's nursery since 2002.[4]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Uffington   British Railways
Faringdon Branch Line
  Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 94. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Parsons, Dave. "Faringdon Railway". Faringdon Online. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Gillman, John (18 October 2005). "Faringdon Advanced Broadgauge Railway Vision Statement". Faringdon Town Council. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Our childcare facilities at The Old Station Nursery". The Old Station Nursery. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 

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Coordinates: 51°39′16″N 1°35′10″W / 51.6545°N 1.5860°W / 51.6545; -1.5860