Ropley railway station

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Ropley
Train at Ropley railway station.jpg
Engine 80104 approaching Ropley station on The Watercress Line
Location
Place Ropley
Area East Hampshire
Coordinates 51°05′15″N 1°06′09″W / 51.0876°N 1.1024°W / 51.0876; -1.1024Coordinates: 51°05′15″N 1°06′09″W / 51.0876°N 1.1024°W / 51.0876; -1.1024
Grid reference SU629324
Operations
Original company Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
2 October 1865 (1865-10-02) opened
5 February 1973 closed
30 April 1977 reopened
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Ropley railway station is a railway station in Ropley, Hampshire, England, which opened on 2 October 1865.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Mid-Hants (Alton Lines) Railway (MHR) on 2 October 1865.[1] The MHR was leased to the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in August 1880, which fully absorbed the MHR in June 1884.[2] The LSWR amalgamated with other railways to form the Southern Railway on 1 January 1923.[3]

The station was closed by British Rail on 5 February 1973.[1]

Preservation[edit]

Ropley railway station was reopened by the Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line) on 30 April 1977.[1][4] It is an intermediate station on the preserved Watercress Line, which runs from Alton to New Alresford.

The main locomotive shed and workshops for the Mid Hants Railway are located just to the east of Ropley station.

The station gardens feature notable yew topiary, which has been in situ for over 100 years (an 1898 postcard shows the topiary well established).

A footbridge was added to the western end of the station in 1986. This was recovered from the closed station at North Tawton in Devon in August 1983, restored and installed by volunteers.

Footbridge[edit]

In 2012/13, a footbridge, originally located at King's Cross station in London, was dismantled and later re-erected at Ropley station for a new lease of life, even above the maintenance shed, where passengers can walk over and view the works below.[citation needed]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Medstead and Four Marks   Watercress Line   Alresford (Hampshire)
Historical railways
Medstead and Four Marks   Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway   Alresford (Hampshire)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 199. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 194. CN 8983. 
  3. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 177
  4. ^ Chris Tolley (4 January 2001). "Basingstoke's Railway History in Maps". Retrieved 15 August 2009. [dead link]