Wickham (Hants) railway station

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Wickham
MVRWickhamPlatform.JPG
The overgrown goods platform at the site of the station at Wickham in 2009
Location
Place Wickham
Area City of Winchester
Coordinates 50°54′05″N 1°11′00″W / 50.9015°N 1.1833°W / 50.9015; -1.1833Coordinates: 50°54′05″N 1°11′00″W / 50.9015°N 1.1833°W / 50.9015; -1.1833
Grid reference SU575117
Operations
Original company London and South Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
History
1 June 1903 (1903-06-01) Station opened
7 February 1955 (1955-02-07) Station closed to passengers
30 April 1962 (1962-04-30) Station closed to goods
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Wickham (Hants) railway station served the village of Wickham in Hampshire, England. It was on the Meon Valley line of the London and South Western Railway. The station opened in 1903 and closed to passengers in 1955 and to goods in 1962.

History[edit]

Opening[edit]

The station was opened by the London and South Western Railway on 1 June 1903.[1] It was on the Meon Valley line between Droxford and Fareham;[2] Knowle Halt, between Wickham and Fareham, opened in 1907.[3] The Meon Valley line had been authorised on 3 June 1897, and opened on 1 June 1903.[4]

Closure[edit]

The station closed to passengers on 7 February 1955[1] and to goods traffic on 30 April 1962.[5] The prospect was raised of Wickham becoming part of a heritage railway in the 1960s after closure of the line. Indeed the line was leased by Charles Ashby from West Meon to Droxford, through Wickham and the line used for testing of his Saddler Pacerailer. Several locomotives arrived, including a terrier now based on the Isle of Wight. However it was not to be. Hopes were dashed when the connection with the Eastleigh to Fareham line was lifted.[6] This left the line isolated and the last train to run was a USA tank loco up the line. After this date the line was lifted by BR and some sections purchased by Hampshire County Council. The section between Mislingford and Knowle, through Wickham, is owned by Rookesbury Estates limited who lease the former line out to Hampshire County Council as a footpath.

The site today[edit]

The station was demolished after closure and the site is now part of a woodland path.[7] There were plans to reopen this station as part of a heritage railway along the Meon Valley Line, linking Knowle to West Meon but the heritage railway never came to fruition.[8]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Droxford
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Southern Region

Meon Valley Railway line
  Knowle Halt
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 250. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 4, section E3. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176. 
  3. ^ Butt 1995, p. 137
  4. ^ Faulkner, J.N.; Williams, R.A. (1988). The LSWR in the Twentieth Century. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 74. ISBN 0-7153-8927-0. 
  5. ^ Clinker, C.R. (October 1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830-1977. Bristol: Avon-Anglia Publications & Services. p. 148. ISBN 0-905466-19-5. 
  6. ^ Oppitz, Leslie (2003) [2000]. Lost Railways of Hampshire. Newbury, Berks: Countryside Books. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-85306-689-4. .
  7. ^ Gough, Terry (1994). British Railways Past and Present: Berkshire and Hampshire (No. 21). Wadenhoe, Peterborough: Past & Present Publishing Ltd. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-85895-042-6. 
  8. ^ http://www.meonvalleyrailway.org.uk[dead link]

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