Tetbury railway station

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Tetbury
Tetbury railway station (postcard).jpg
Location
Place Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Area Cotswold
Operations
Original company Great Western Railway
History
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Tetbury railway station was the terminus station on the Tetbury branch line, serving the Gloucestershire town of Tetbury.

History[edit]

The station was a typical Great Western Railway building, with a wide canopy stretching across the platform.[1] The original station building was constructed from wood. By 1913 it was in need of rebuilding and was completed in brick over the next 3 years.[2]

In 1908, confusion between Tetbury railway station and Tetbury Road railway station (6.5 miles (10.5 km) north-east on the Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway) led to the latter being renamed Coates railway station. Prior to the name change, both stations had taken erroneous delivery of the other's goods.[2]

In 1926, the use of the station's signal box was discontinued when the points began to be operated from a ground frame by the engineman.[2][3] In 1930, the platform was extended to allow horses to be transported to and from the Beaufort Polo Club in nearby Westonbirt.[2]

On 4 April 1964, the Tetbury branch line was closed as part of the Beeching Axe. In 1963, shortly before the station's closure, an entire Tetbury farm – complete with machinery, foodstuffs, staff and pedigree herd of Hereford cattle – was transported from the station to Stranraer in 31 carriages.[2]

The railway line and main station building were later demolished, with sleepers being used in pathways. The area was subsequently converted into a car park. In the 21st century, the Staffordshire blue brick goods shed underwent a preservation and maintenance programme with the Tetbury Rail Lands Trust (TRLT), who intend to convert its use to a community hall.[1][4]

Use[edit]

The line's primary economy was livestock.[2] A cattle market was built adjacent to the station, and the line's freight generally consisted of food for livestock, milk, and coal.[2] The GloucestershireWiltshire border was such that livestock would pass from one county to another on entering the station – with different swine fever regulations in place between the counties, the station would experience lengthy delays before livestock could be trucked into and out of the station.[2]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Trouble House Halt
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Tetbury branch line
  Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Atterbury, Paul (2006). Branch Line Britain. Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles. p. 130. ISBN 0-7153-2416-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Lloyd, David (1981). "Cirencester and Tetbury Branches". me&im. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Brooke, Chris (1 October 2010). "Railway fanatic dismantles signal box... and transports it 150 miles to be rebuilt in his garden". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tetbury Rail Shed Restoration". Friends of the Cotswolds. 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 

Coordinates: 51°38′11″N 2°09′21″W / 51.6363°N 2.1558°W / 51.6363; -2.1558