Polsham railway station

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Polsham
Location
Place Polsham
Area Mendip
Grid reference ST517428
Operations
Pre-grouping Somerset Central Railway
Post-grouping SR and LMS
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
December 1861 Opened (Polsham)
July 1938 Renamed (Polsham Halt)
29 October 1951 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Polsham was a railway station on the Somerset and Dorset Railway in the village of Polsham, Somerset in England. Opening in December 1861 on the Somerset Central Railway, which was at that time worked by the Bristol and Exeter Railway, it was the only intermediate station on the short branch from Glastonbury to Wells (Priory Road) railway station, which had opened in 1859. The station consisted of one short platform with a station building, with a single siding for freight. In 1950 unloading of wagons was effected by opening the side door and allowing this to rest on the adjacent fence. A lorry was then driven through an orchard to receive the goods.[1] The adjacent level crossing was controlled from a signal box.

Polsham was downgraded to a halt in 1938, with tickets being sold by the train guard. Only a year before closure, six of the seven different types of ticket that were issued by the guard for travel from Polsham were still marked as being issued by the "Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway Committee",[1] an illustration of the poor usage of the line. The station closed with the Wells branch in 1951.

The Site Today[edit]

The site is now a private house but the platform survives.[1]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Glastonbury and Street
Line and station closed
  Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
LSWR and Midland Railways
  Wells
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Farr, Michael (Oct–Dec 1989). "Slow & Dirty". Steam Days (Weybridge: Ian Allan Ltd) (15): pp26–29. ISSN 0269-0020. 

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Coordinates: 51°10′57″N 2°41′32″W / 51.1825°N 2.6922°W / 51.1825; -2.6922