Bodmin General railway station

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Bodmin General
Bodmin General railway station 1.jpg
Location
PlaceBodmin
AreaCornwall
Coordinates50°27′58″N 4°43′00″W / 50.46611°N 4.71676°W / 50.46611; -4.71676Coordinates: 50°27′58″N 4°43′00″W / 50.46611°N 4.71676°W / 50.46611; -4.71676
Grid referenceSX072664
Operations
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Operated byBodmin and Wenford Railway
Platforms1
History
1887Opened
1967Closed to passengers
1983Line closed
1986Reopened for heritage trains
Stations on heritage railways in the United Kingdom
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Bodmin General railway station, located in Bodmin, Cornwall, United Kingdom, was the terminus of the Great Western Railway's Bodmin branch line, and is now the principal railway station of the heritage Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway.

History[edit]

Bodmin General in 1964

The Great Western Railway opened a terminus in Bodmin on 27 May 1887,[1] the line diverging from the Cornish Main Line at Bodmin Road. On 3 September 1888 a new line was opened to join with the Bodmin and Wadebridge line at Boscarne Junction. Bodmin General remained a terminus, so trains running through had to reverse here and retrace their journey for a few yards before bearing right just beyond the station.

The single-sided platform had two adjacent lines, the nearer being used as a run-round and the further being furnished with a goods shed beyond which another curving siding served a cattle dock. At the end of the platform was the signal box and beyond this were two sidings, one housing an engine shed; the junction being on the running line immediately beyond this. A short refuge siding was added to the Bodmin Road line in June 1928, and further on a connection into Fulford Trumps siding was added in April 1973.

The station was originally named Bodmin and, after Nationalisation, became Bodmin General on 26 September 1949,[1] in order to distinguish it from other stations in the area[2] (Bodmin North and Bodmin Road).

The engine shed closed in April 1962, and passenger services ceased on 30 January 1967. Freight services were withdrawn from Bodmin General on 1 May 1967 and the signal box closed later that year. The line officially closed on 3 October 1983 following the demise of freight traffic from Wenford.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway[edit]

The Bodmin and Wenford Railway, a heritage railway, uses Bodmin General as its principal station. Services run to both Bodmin Parkway and to Boscarne Junction; the junction between these two lines is just outside the station which is a terminus.

An engine shed and workshops is situated adjacent to the station. The workshops are open for inspection when trains are running.

Services[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Boscarne Junction   Bodmin and Wenford Railway   Colesloggett Halt
  Historical railways  
St Lawrence Platform   Great Western Railway
LSWR running powers
  Bodmin Road

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 38. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Western's last "General"". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 361. ISSN 0033-8923.