Pewsey railway station

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Pewsey
Location
Place Pewsey
Local authority Wiltshire
Coordinates 51°20′31″N 1°46′16″W / 51.342°N 1.771°W / 51.342; -1.771Coordinates: 51°20′31″N 1°46′16″W / 51.342°N 1.771°W / 51.342; -1.771
Grid reference SU160603
Operations
Station code PEW
Managed by First Great Western
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   0.124 million
2004/05 Increase 0.142 million
2005/06 Increase 0.147 million
2006/07 Increase 0.151 million
2007/08 Increase 0.170 million
2008/09 Increase 0.195 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.182 million
2010/11 Increase 0.203 million
2011/12 Increase 0.208 million
History
Original company Berks and Hants Extension Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
1862 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Pewsey from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Pewsey railway station is a railway station in the village of Pewsey in the county of Wiltshire in England. The station is on the Berks and Hants line and is served by intercity services operated by First Great Western to and from the West Country. The average journey time to London Paddington from Pewsey is just over an hour. Services to Bedwyn, the next station up the line, are infrequent with most east-bound services next calling at Hungerford, Newbury or Reading instead. This is a hangover from when Bedwyn was the most westerly point of the Network Southeast on this line whilst Pewsey was an Intercity station.

Pewsey station (despite its relatively few services) has decent passenger usage due to its proximity to Marlborough, about 6 miles (10 km) away, and other nearby towns and villages which do not have railway stations.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Berks and Hants Extension Railway on 11 November 1862 when the railway opened, connecting the earlier Berks and Hants Railway with the Devizes branch of the Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway, thereby creating a shorter route from London Paddington station to Weymouth. On 2 July 1906 the line became part of the Reading to Taunton line following the opening of the Castle Cary Cut-Off.[1]

The railway was operated from the start by the Great Western Railway and had been built using its 7 ft (2,134 mm) broad gauge, but in 1874 it was converted to 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge. Initially it was just a single track with a platform on the south side. A passing loop and second platform was installed at Pewsey after a couple of years, and the line was converted to double track in 1899 in preparation for the opening of the Stert and Westbury Railway at Patney and Chirton. A signal box was situated on the west end of the eastbound platform; it was replaced by a larger signal box in 1933 but this was closed in 1966.[1]

In 1969, the footbridge was replaced with a secondhand one brought from Cookham. In 1984 the old wooden waiting room on the eastbound platform was demolished and replaced by a brick-built shelter. This was built to match the distinctive Berks and Hants style of the original station buildings which still stand on the opposite platform. The following year the station was awarded a First Class award in the Best Preserved Station competition of the Association of Railway Preservation Societies.[1]

The station celebrated its 145th birthday on 9 November 2007. A cake was cut by Pewsey Parish Council chairman, Alex Carder, with First Great Western service delivery manager Alison Stone.

Staff[edit]

The current[when?] Station Master is Trevor Beaven who has held the post for over 40 years. Prior to managing Pewsey, Mr Beaven worked at the former Woodborough Station for six years. Mr Beaven was awarded an MBE for his services in 1999.[2]

Culture[edit]

Pewsey Station is mentioned in the December 2005 film, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The train evacuating the Pevensie children from London Paddington stops at a rural station which is identified by the train guard as Pewsey. In actuality, the scene was shot at Highley Station on the preserved Severn Valley Railway. Even so, the film is correct inasmuch as any train going to Coombe Halt, the ultimate destination of the Pevensie children, would have to pass through Pewsey on its way from London Paddington.

Services[edit]

A westbound train calling at Pewsey
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Bedwyn or
Hungerford
  First Great Western
semi-fast services
Reading-Taunton line
  Westbury
Newbury
or Reading
  First Great Western
High Speed services
Reading-Taunton line
  Westbury
Historical railways
Wootton Rivers Halt
Line open, station closed
  Great Western Railway
Berks and Hants Extension Railway
  Manningford Halt
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Oakley, Mike (2004). Wiltshire Railway Stations. Wimbourne: The Dovecote Press. ISBN 1-904349-33-1. 
  2. ^ "MBE civil (A - C)". BBC News. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 22 May 2010.