Whimple railway station

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Whimple National Rail
Whimple
Looking west
Location
Place Whimple
Local authority East Devon
Coordinates 50°46′05″N 3°21′14″W / 50.768°N 3.354°W / 50.768; -3.354Coordinates: 50°46′05″N 3°21′14″W / 50.768°N 3.354°W / 50.768; -3.354
Grid reference SY045973
Operations
Station code WHM
Managed by South West Trains
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 31,364
2004/05 Increase 34,779
2005/06 Increase 40,516
2006/07 Increase 46,958
2007/08 Increase 53,697
2008/09 Increase 56,286
2009/10 Increase 59,354
2010/11 Increase 60,540
2011/12 Increase 68,434
History
Original company London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
1860 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Whimple from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Whimple railway station serves the village of Whimple in East Devon, Devon, England. It was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1860 but is now operated by South West Trains which provides services on the London Waterloo to Exeter route.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the LSWR on 19 July 1860, along with its Exeter Extension from Yeovil Junction to Exeter Queen Street. The station was situated to the east of the village and designed by the architect Sir William Tite. The main building was situated on the up platform and was two-storeys high to provide the station master with accommodation. The goods shed was nearby at the east end of the station, and a signal box was built opposite on the other platform in 1875. In 1892 Henry Whiteway established a cider factory on the north side of the station. This generated much of the goods traffic at the station; in the 1930s it was estimated that the factory was responsible for 30,000 tons of traffic each year.[1]

On 11 June 1967 all passenger trains were diverted to the down platform. The track through the northern platform was retained to serve Whiteway’s factory, but the signal box was closed and the train crew operated the points.[2] Public goods traffic was withdrawn on 4 December 1967 but Whiteways continued to handle rail traffic. The station became unstaffed on 5 October 1970.[1]

The Whiteways factory closed in 1989 and this allowed a redevelopment of the site. The goods shed was demolished in 1991 and houses were then built instead. The following year the original London bound platform was extended across the disused formation of the london bound track to meet the running line and was brought back into use. The other platform and the footbridge were then demolished.[1]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Sidmouth Junction   London and South Western Railway
Salisbury to Exeter
  Broadclyst

Description[edit]

The single platform has a simple metal and glass waiting shelter.[1] It is on the north side of the line so trains to Exeter travel to the right and those to London to the left.[3]

Services[edit]

South West Trains operate daily between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo station, generally calling at Whimple every two hours.[4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Feniton or Honiton   South West Trains
West of England Main Line
  Pinhoe or Exeter Central

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Oakley, Mike (2007). Devon Railway Stations. Wimbourne: The Dovecote Press. ISBN 978-1-904349-55-6. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Derek; Pryer, George (1997). The Salisbury to Exeter Line. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-525-6. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2006). Railway Track Diagrams Book 3: Western. Bradford-on-Avon: Trackmaps. ISBN 0-9549866-1-X. 
  4. ^ "Table 160: London to Salsibury and Exeter" (PDF). Electronic National Rail Timetable. Network Rail. December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-14.