Semley railway station

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Semley
Location
Place Semley
Area Wiltshire
Coordinates 51°02′24″N 2°10′59″W / 51.040°N 2.183°W / 51.040; -2.183Coordinates: 51°02′24″N 2°10′59″W / 51.040°N 2.183°W / 51.040; -2.183
Grid reference ST873267
Operations
Original company Salisbury and Yeovil Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
2 May 1859 Station opens
7 March 1966 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Semley was a railway station in Wiltshire, England. It was served by trains on the West of England Main Line and was the railhead for the town of Shaftesbury, Dorset, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the south.

Although several plans were made, Shaftesbury's position on a hill prevented the town from having its own station. The nearest station to Shaftesbury is now Gillingham.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 2 May 1859 by the Salisbury and Yeovil Railway, which became part of the London and South Western Railway in 1878. In the 1923 grouping the L&SWR became part of the Southern Railway, but in the 1948 nationalisation it was transferred to the new Western Region of British Railways. BR withdrew local passenger trains and closed the station on 7 March 1966.

The site today[edit]

An industrial and commercial estate occupies the site just off the A350 road between Shaftesbury and Warminster. The former station building, signal box and goods shed survive. Trains on the West of England Main Line still use the line through the site.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Gillingham   London and South Western Railway
West of England Main Line
  Tisbury

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. 
  • Lucking, J.H. (1968). Railways of Dorset. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society.  (Largely details of abandoned plans for a railway to Shaftesbury.)

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