Faringdon railway station

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Faringdon
Faringdon railway station.JPG
Location
PlaceFaringdon
AreaVale of White Horse, Oxfordshire
Grid referenceSU287951
Operations
Original companyFaringdon branch
Pre-groupingFaringdon Railway Company
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Platforms2
History
1864Station opens
1951Station closes to passengers
1964Station closes to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
Faringdon
Branch
Faringdon
Uffington

Great Western main line

to Bristol │ to London

Faringdon Railway Station is a closed stone and brick built railway station that served the market town of Faringdon, in Oxfordshire, England and was on the Faringdon branch line.

History[edit]

The line was opened on 1 June 1864,[1] between Faringdon and the Great Western Railway (GWR) at Uffington, with construction funded by a consortium of local business men called the Faringdon Railway Company which was purchased outright by the GWR in 1886.[2] Constructed as a broad gauge line it was converted to standard gauge in 1878. Passenger traffic peaked in 1913, but later declined to such an extent that the passenger service was withdrawn on 31 December 1951.[1] Freight traffic continued to use the line until 1964.

Faringdon Town Council proposed in 2005 to reopen the line[3] but it remains closed.

The station building is still extant, having been used for various commercial purposes; it has been a children's nursery since 2002.[4]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Uffington   British Railways
Faringdon Branch Line
  Terminus

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 94. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ Parsons, Dave. "Faringdon Railway". Faringdon Online. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  3. ^ Gillman, John (18 October 2005). "Faringdon Advanced Broadgauge Railway Vision Statement". Faringdon Town Council. Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Our childcare facilities at The Old Station Nursery". The Old Station Nursery. Archived from the original on 10 September 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2010.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°39′16″N 1°35′10″W / 51.6545°N 1.5860°W / 51.6545; -1.5860