Portesham railway station

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Portesham
Portesham Station.jpg
Location
Place Portesham
Area West Dorset
Operations
Original company GWR
Post-grouping Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
9 November 1885 Station opens
1 December 1952 Station closes
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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Portesham was a small railway station on the Abbotsbury branch railway in the west of the English county of Dorset. Opened on 9 November 1885 by the Abbotsbury Railway, it was sited across the fields from Portesham village not far from an underbridge carrying the line across the Weymouth to Abbotsbury road at a skew angle. Just to the east of the station an incline provided access to quarries near the Hardy Monument.

Buildings[edit]

A typical William Clarke stone building served the single platform, although the station also had a passing loop. The goods shed functioned for the life of the branch. The station was the site of a Camping coach. The station closed with the branch in 1952.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Coryates Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Abbotsbury branch railway
  Abbotsbury
Line and station closed

The site today[edit]

The station building is now part of a private dwelling and is used as a holiday let.

Further reading[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 
  • Brian L. Jackson. The Abbotsbury Branch. Wild Swan Publications Ltd. 1989.  ISBN 0-906867-80-0

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°40′04″N 2°33′39″W / 50.6678°N 2.5607°W / 50.6678; -2.5607