Fencote railway station

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Fencote
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Fencote railway station, October 2008
Location
PlaceHatfield
AreaHerefordshire
Coordinates52°13′39″N 2°35′08″W / 52.2274°N 2.5856°W / 52.2274; -2.5856Coordinates: 52°13′39″N 2°35′08″W / 52.2274°N 2.5856°W / 52.2274; -2.5856
Grid referenceSO601589
Operations
Original companyLeominster and Bromyard Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Platforms2
History
1 September 1897 (1897-09-01)Station opened
September 1949Unstaffed
15 September 1952Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Fencote railway station was a railway station located on the Worcester, Bromyard and Leominster Railway in England.

Opening[edit]

Opened as part of the final section of the Worcester, Bromyard and Leominster Railway, the railway was bought out of bankruptcy by the Great Western Railway in 1888, who completed the line in 1897.[1]

Closure[edit]

Post the Second World War, and with the greater use of the motorbus and private cars, traffic on the line fell considerably. Unstaffed as a station from September 1949, the line closed to regular passenger services on 15 September 1952.[2]

On 26 April 1958 a special train organised by the Stephenson Locomotive Society ran from Worcester via Bromyard to Leominster, calling at Rowden Mill, Fencote and Steen's Bridge. The 50 society members/passengers rode on the last train that would run on the complete track before it was removed. The Worcester to Bromyard section, kept open for the storage of disused and soon to be scrapped railway wagons, was closed under the Beeching Axe in 1964.[3]

Present[edit]

In 1980, Fencote was bought by ex-railway employee Mr K Matthews, restored as a private residence. He has since restored the signal box, and re-installed sections of the track either side of station.[3]

In 1984, neighbouring station Rowden Mill was bought and restored by John Wilkinson.

Both sites are occasionally open for public access and viewing, but without operational trains.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Worcester, Bromyard & Leominster Railway". Herefordshire County Council. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  2. ^ Leslie Oppitz. "The Lost Railway". BBC Hereford and Worcester. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  3. ^ a b c "Bromyard to Leominster". Geoff Pages. Retrieved 2012-06-13.

Further reading[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Steens Bridge
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Worcester, Bromyard and Leominster Railway
  Rowden Mill
Line and station closed