Dilton Marsh railway station
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|Managed by||Great Western Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Original company||Great Western Railway|
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The station is located on the Wessex Main Line between Bristol Temple Meads and Southampton Central railway station 23 miles (37 km) north of Salisbury. Great Western Railway operate local services between Bristol and the South Coast which call at Dilton Marsh, the station is also operated by them.
The Great Western Railway opened "Dilton Marsh Halt" on 1 June 1937. The wooden platforms were 300 feet (91 m) long and were provided with small wooden shelters; the construction cost £1,134. Being a "halt" there were no staff to sell tickets, but a sign directed would-be passengers to the "7th house up the hill" where Mrs H. Roberts sold tickets from her home. She had sold tickets on a commission basis since 1947.
The platforms are staggered either side of the road underbridge and are about 100m apart, approached by ramps from either side of the rail bridge.
In 1969 the station was renamed as just "Dilton Marsh." Platforms were reduced to the length of one coach. British Rail tried to shut the station but was met by strong local opposition. The remaining platforms were in very poor condition and so were rebuilt in concrete. The station reopened after an eight-week closure on 1 May 1994.
In 2018 the wooden shelters and fencing on both platforms were replaced by standard Network Rail bus shelter style in glass and metal with galvanised fencing.
Dilton Marsh Halt poem
- Was it worth keeping the Halt open,
- We thought as we looked at the sky
- Red through the spread of the cedar-tree,
- With the evening train gone by?
- Yes, we said, for in summer the anglers use it,
- Two and sometimes three
- Will bring their catches of rods and poles and perches
- To Westbury, home for tea. '''
- There isn't a porter. The platform is made of sleepers.
- The guard of the last train puts out the light
- And high over lorries and cattle the Halt unwinking
- Waits through the Wiltshire night.
- O housewife safe in the comprehensive churning
- Of the Warminster launderette!
- O husband down at the depot with car in car-park!
- The Halt is waiting yet.
- And when all the horrible roads are finally done for,
- And there's no more petrol left in the world to burn,
- Here to the Halt from Salisbury and from Bristol
- Steam trains will return.
Although it is a request stop, the station is quite well served. In the current timetable eight trains per day call on weekdays southbound (with an additional service on Saturdays) and eleven northbound. The base frequency is every two hours each way, increasing to hourly at peak times. Destinations include Warminster, Southampton, Brighton, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa and Gloucester.
On Sundays eight trains call in each direction - these are all through services on the Cardiff and Bristol to Portsmouth/Brighton route.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Westbury||Great Western Railway
Wessex Main Line
- Dilton Marsh - Least Used Station In Wiltshire 2017 YouTube video by Geoff Marshall about the station.
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