Cardington Workmen's Platform railway station

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Cardington Workmen's Platform
Location
Place Cardington
Area Borough of Bedford
Grid reference TL090468
Operations
Original company Midland Railway
Platforms 1
History
September 1917 Opened
3 October 1921[1] Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Cardington Workmen's Platform was a railway station on the Bedford to Hitchin Line which served the Royal Air Force station near the village of Cardington in Bedfordshire, England. A short-lived halt, it opened during the First World War and closed in 1921.[2]

History[edit]

During the First World War a Royal Air Force station was established in Cardington which substantially increased passenger and freight traffic on the Bedford to Hitchin Line.[3] In order to provide easier access to the airbase, a halt was opened beside the road bridge carrying the Southill Road over the line. After the halt closed to passenger traffic in 1921, numerous sidings were constructed on the site to serve the camp and these were used to receive materials needed for the construction of the R100 and R101 airships. The site was also used during the Second World War for troop specials which enabled conscripts to return home from the RAF camp.[4]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Cardington   London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Bedford to Hitchin Line
  Southill

Present day[edit]

Nothing remains of the halt today.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 53.
  2. ^ Croughton, G.; Kidner, R.W.; Young, A. (1982). Private and Untimetabled Railway Stations. Trowbridge, Wilts: Oakwood Press. p. 138. ISBN 0-85361-281-1. 
  3. ^ Oppitz, Leslie (2000). Lost Railways of the Chilterns (Lost Railways Series). Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books. pp. 136–137. ISBN 978-1-85306-643-6. 
  4. ^ Davies, R.; Grant, M.D. (1984). Forgotten Railways: Chilterns and Cotswolds. Newton Abbot, Devon: David St John Thomas. pp. 113–115. ISBN 0-946537-07-0. 

Coordinates: 52°06′35″N 0°24′32″W / 52.109667°N 0.409009°W / 52.109667; -0.409009