Grafton and Burbage railway station

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Grafton and Burbage
Grafton & Burbage former station geograph-3568213-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Station buildings in 1994
Location
Place West Grafton
Area Wiltshire
Grid reference SU248605
Operations
Original company Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway
Pre-grouping Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 May 1882 (1882-05-01) Opened
11 September 1961 (1961-09-11) Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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Grafton and Burbage railway station served the villages of Burbage and East and West Grafton in Wiltshire, England. The station was on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway. It opened in May 1882 as the northern terminus of the southern section of the Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway and became a through station when the line from Swindon was completed through a new Marlborough station and the Great Western Railway's Savernake station in February 1883.

A 1906 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Grafton & Burbage (shown here as GRAFTON)

In 1883, a northwards extension, the Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway, opened from Swindon Town to Cirencester, with further northward extension to a junction with the Great Western Railway's Cheltenham to Banbury at Andoversford opening in 1891, enabling through trains from the Midlands to the south. The SM&AR and the S&CER amalgamated in 1884 to form the M&SWJR.

In 1898, a new section of line, called the Marlborough and Grafton Railway, was opened between the M&SWJR station in Marlborough and Grafton & Burbage station, with an intervening stop at a high level station at Savernake. This removed the need for M&SWJR trains to run on the GWR lines, though junctions to the GWR line heading both east and west were retained north of Grafton station.

Grafton and Burbage station was sited at West Grafton on a double-track section of the line. It had a small main building on the down platform (towards Andover), with a large signalbox that controlled what had become a complex junction. The up platform had a wooden shelter. There was a small goods yard to the north of the station. Station signs on the platforms referred to it as "Grafton" station; in timetables and on other printed material, however, it always appeared as "Grafton and Burbage".

As a whole, traffic on the M&SWJR fell steeply after the Second World War and the line closed to passengers in 1961, with goods facilities withdrawn from this section of the line at the same time. The station building has now been incorporated into a larger residential house, with the space between the platforms where the track ran forming part of the garden.

Routes[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Bedwyn
Line closed, station open
  Great Western Railway
Berks and Hants Extension Railway
  Collingbourne Kingston Halt
Line and station closed
Savernake High Level
Line and station closed
  Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway
 
Savernake Low Level
Line and station closed
  Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway
 

References[edit]

  • Wiltshire Railway Stations, Mike Oakley, Dovecote Press, Wimborne, 2004, ISBN 1-904349-33-1

Coordinates: 51°20′36″N 1°38′43″W / 51.3433°N 1.6453°W / 51.3433; -1.6453