Semley railway station
|Original company||Salisbury and Yeovil Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
Western Region of British Railways
|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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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.
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
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
- 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.)
- "Location". Semley Station. Information Resource Consultancy. 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
- Osment, Chris (1988, 2004). "The Salisbury to Exeter Line since the 1967 singling". West Country Railway Archives. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
- Ordnance Survey (1946). Frome (Map). 1:63360. 7th (New Popular Edition ed.). Sheet 166. http://www.npemap.org.uk/tiles/map.html#386,124,1. Retrieved 10 June 2010. (Navigable O.S. map shows both the station and Shaftesbury.
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