Axbridge railway station

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Axbridge
Axbridge station platform side.jpg
Location
Place Axbridge
Area Somerset, England
Operations
Original company Bristol and Exeter Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
History
3 August 1869 Station opened
9 September 1963 Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Axbridge railway station was a station on the Bristol and Exeter Railway's Cheddar Valley line in Axbridge, Somerset. Axbridge was one of the principal stations for the transport of strawberries, which led to the line's alternative name as The Strawberry Line.

The station was opened with the broad gauge line to Cheddar in August 1869 as a two-platform station. The railway was extended to Wells in 1870, converted to standard gauge in the mid-1870s and then linked up to the East Somerset Railway to provide through services from Yatton to Witham in 1878. All the railways involved were absorbed into the Great Western Railway in the 1870s. This in turn was nationalised into the Western Region of British Railways on 1 January 1948.

The site today[edit]

The Yatton to Witham line closed to passengers and goods in 1963. Axbridge station buildings, which are of a substantial Bristol and Exeter Railway design in local Mendip stone, have been used since as a youth centre and are in a good state of preservation. But instead of fronting on to the railway, they are now on the Axbridge bypass road, which uses the line of the old railway.


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Winscombe
Line and station closed
  Cheddar Valley Railway
Great Western Railway
  Cheddar
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  • Oakley, Mike (October 2002). Somerset Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. p. 12. ISBN 1-904349-09-9. 

Coordinates: 51°17′18″N 2°48′59″W / 51.288349°N 2.816319°W / 51.288349; -2.816319 (Axbridge railway station)

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