Foss Cross railway station
|Foss Cross platform building|
|Original company||Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Midland and South Western Junction Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|1 August 1891||Station opened|
|11 September 1961||Station closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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Foss Cross railway station was on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway in Gloucestershire. The station opened on 1 August 1891 with the section of the line between Cirencester Watermoor and the junction at Andoversford with the Great Western Railway's Cheltenham Lansdown to Banbury line, which had opened in 1881.
Foss Cross was an isolated station, and the nearest village was Chedworth, over a mile away, and that petitioned successfully for its own station, which opened just a year later. Other villages such as Bibury were up to four miles away. The result was that the station was very lightly used for passenger traffic and towards the end of its life that only one passenger a day used it regularly.
However, what it lacked in passengers it made up in goods traffic. The station handled a lot of agricultural traffic until the 1930s and there was also a set of sidings leading to stone quarries. Some of the stone was used by the railway, and water from the large water tower at Cirencester Watermoor station was hauled regularly to Foss Cross sidings in rail-mounted tankers to supply the stone crushing equipment located there.
Foss Cross station closed to both passengers and goods when the line closed to all traffic in 1961. The main station building and part of the platform remained in 2013, along with a cattle dock, two huts and foundations of the goods shed.
Today the platform remains along with two structures (see the picture of this article). The main building is very overgrown but you walk along the tree covered platform and enter via the middle door. Inside are some faded signs on the door and some men's urinals at the far end. The whole area is very over grown but you can still see the station very clearly.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Chedworth||Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Swindon & Cheltenham Extension Railway
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