Freshwater railway station

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The Freshwater Way cycle path - - 62430.jpg
The old Freshwater to Newport railway line (now part of CycleRoute NCN23 route) as it approaches the village.
Place Freshwater
Area Isle of Wight
Grid reference SZ343871
Pre-grouping Freshwater, Yarmouth & Newport Railway(1888-1913)
Isle of Wight Central Railway (1913 to 1923)
Post-grouping Southern Railway (1923 to 1948)
Southern Region of British Railways (1948 to 1953)
Platforms 1
10 September 1888 Opened (freight)
20 July 1889 Opened (passengers)
21 September 1953 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
UK Railways portal
A 1914 Railway Clearing House map of lines around The Isle of Wight.

This article is about a defunct station on the Isle of Wight, not the similarly named [1] station on the Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway in Cairns, Australia.

Freshwater railway station, was the westerly terminus [2] and largest station [3] of the Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway, the platform being extended to accommodate the “Tourist Train”, a non-stop service from Ventnor.[4] Incorporated as the Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway Company in 1860,[5] and opened over a ten-month period between 1889 and 1889, it closed 65 years later,[6] having been situated too far from the tourist honeypots of The Needles and Alum Bay to be consistently profitable.[7] There was a run-round loop, and a goods siding often used for cattle loading.[8] After closure the station was built over by a factory,[9] but this in turn has been demolished and a supermarket now occupies the site.[2]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Terminus   British Rail
Southern Region

Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Freshwater TRAIN Station
  2. ^ a b Subterranea Britannica's page on Freshwater station - Nick Catford
  3. ^ Pomeroy, C,A "Isle Of Wight Railways, Then and Now": Oxford,Past & Present Publishing, 1993, ISBN 0-947971-62-9
  4. ^ Maycock,R.J/Silsbury,R: The Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway: Usk, Oakwood, 2003 ISBN 0-85361-601-9
  5. ^ Bennett,A "Southern Holiday Lines in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight": Cheltenham, Runpast 1994 ISBN 1-870754-31-X
  6. ^ Hay,P "Steaming Through the Isle Of Wight": Midhurst,Middleton, 1988 ISBN 0-906520-56-8
  7. ^ Britton,A "Once upon a line (Vol 4)": Oxford, OPC, 1994 ISBN 0-86093-513-2
  8. ^ Paye, Peter (1984). Isle of Wight Railways remembered. Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-212-5. 
  9. ^ Gammell C.J "Southern Branch Lines": Oxford, OPC, 1997 ISBN 0-86093-537-X

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Coordinates: 50°40′56″N 1°30′58″W / 50.6821°N 1.5161°W / 50.6821; -1.5161