Congresbury railway station

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Site of the station seen in 2012

Congresbury railway station was a station at Congresbury on the Bristol and Exeter Railway's Cheddar Valley line in Somerset and the junction for the Wrington Vale Light Railway to Blagdon.

The station was opened with the broad gauge line to Cheddar in August 1869 as a single-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.

Congresbury was remodelled as a two-platform station when the Wrington Vale line opened in 1901; with a few exceptions, though, trains on both lines started at Yatton, the junction with the main Bristol and Exeter line.

The Wrington line shut to passenger traffic in 1931, and the Yatton to Witham line closed in 1963. Congresbury remained opened for goods traffic for a few further months, but the station was later demolished, though traces of the platforms can be seen on the Strawberry Line Trail.

Services[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Yatton   Great Western Railway
Cheddar Valley Railway
  Sandford and Banwell
  Great Western Railway
Wrington Vale Light Railway
  Wrington

References[edit]

  • Somerset Railway Stations by Mike Oakley, Dovecote Press, Wimborne, 2002.

Coordinates: 51°22′N 2°49′W / 51.367°N 2.817°W / 51.367; -2.817 (Congresbury railway station)