Meeth Halt railway station

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Meeth Halt
Meeth Halt (disused) - geograph.org.uk - 567424.jpg
Site of old station, now part of a long distance footpath
Location
Place Meeth
Area West Devon
Grid reference SS546079
Operations
Pre-grouping North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway (1925 to 1948)
Post-grouping Southern Region of British Railways (1948 to 1966)
Platforms One
History
27 July 1925 Opened
1 March 1965 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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Opened in 1925, Meeth Halt was a small railway station on the North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway, a private line until it became part of the Southern Region of British Railways in 1948.[1] The line was built in part over narrow gauge line that was used from 1881 to take ball clay from claypits at Marland and Meeth to Torrington, which was until 1925 the terminus of a branch from Barnstaple.

The line was closed to passenger traffic in 1965[2] as part of the Beeching proposals, but remained open for freight from the Meeth clay workings north of Meeth Halt through Torrington to Barnstaple up to 1982.[3] The station consisted of a simple short concrete platform and a stone shelter and remains as a recognisable landmark on the Tarka Trail, a very popular destination for long distance walkers and cyclists.[4] As a result, it is in the process of a major renovation.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Branch Lines to Torrington Mitchell,V & Smith,K: Midhurst, Middleton Press,1994 ISBN 1-873793-37-5
  2. ^ "Discovering Britain's lost railways" Atterbury,P: Basingstoke, AA Publishing ISBN 978-0-7495-6370-7
  3. ^ Freight details
  4. ^ Local authority details
  5. ^ Planning application


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Petrockstow   North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway (1925 to 1948)
Southern Region of British Railways (1948 to 1965)
  Hatherleigh

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Coordinates: 50°51′07″N 4°3′59.2″W / 50.85194°N 4.066444°W / 50.85194; -4.066444