Woodhay railway station

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Woodhay
Location
Place East Woodhay
Area Basingstoke and Deane
Grid reference SU443634
Operations
Original company Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Pre-grouping Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
4 May 1885 Opened
4 August 1942 Closed
8 March 1943 Re-opened
7 March 1960 Closed to passengers
31 December 1962 Closed to freight[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Woodhay railway station was a station on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in England. It was located a short distance from the junction with the Great Western Railway west of Newbury railway station. Woodhay station served the villages of Enborne and Enborne Row in Berkshire and Broad Laying (Woolton Hill) in Hampshire.

Facilities[edit]

Like most country stations on the line it originally consisted of two platforms, the southbound platform on the passing loop. Since the station was built on a bank it was not possible to construct strong foundations for a brick-built station building. Hence this was the only station on the line with a wooden station building located on the southbound platform. Two sidings and a headshunt were built to the south of the station for goods. These were primarily used for horses and wood cut from nearby pine forests.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In December 1957, a freight train overran signals and was derailed by trap points.[2]

Closure[edit]

Both the station and the railway closed in the 1960s.

Routes[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Newbury
Line closed, station open
  Great Western Railway
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
  Highclere
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basingstoke's Railway History
  2. ^ Bishop, Bill (1984). Off the Rails. Southampton: Kingfisher. p. 62. ISBN 0 946184 06 2.