Freshwater railway station

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The Freshwater Way cycle path - - 62430.jpg
The old Freshwater to Newport railway line (now part of CycleRoute NCN23 route) as it approaches the village.
Place Freshwater
Area Isle of Wight
Grid reference SZ343871
Pre-grouping Freshwater, Yarmouth & Newport Railway(1888-1913)
Isle of Wight Central Railway (1913 to 1923)
Post-grouping Southern Railway (1923 to 1948)
Southern Region of British Railways (1948 to 1953)
Platforms 1
10 September 1888 Opened (freight)
20 July 1889 Opened (passengers)
21 September 1953 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
A 1914 Railway Clearing House map of lines around The Isle of Wight.

This article is about a defunct station on the Isle of Wight, not the similarly named [1] station on the Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway in Cairns, Australia.

Freshwater railway station, was the westerly terminus [2] and largest station [3] of the Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway, the platform being extended to accommodate the “Tourist Train”, a non-stop service from Ventnor.[4] Incorporated as the Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway Company in 1860,[5] and opened over a ten-month period between 1888 and 1889, it closed 65 years later,[6] having been situated too far from the tourist honeypots of The Needles and Alum Bay to be consistently profitable.[7] There was a run-round loop, and a goods siding often used for cattle loading.[8] After closure the station was built over by a factory,[9] but this in turn has been demolished and a supermarket now occupies the site.[2]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Terminus   British Railways
Southern Region

Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Freshwater TRAIN Station
  2. ^ a b Subterranea Britannica's page on Freshwater station - Nick Catford
  3. ^ Pomeroy, C,A "Isle Of Wight Railways, Then and Now": Oxford,Past & Present Publishing, 1993, ISBN 0-947971-62-9
  4. ^ Maycock,R.J/Silsbury,R: The Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway: Usk, Oakwood, 2003 ISBN 0-85361-601-9
  5. ^ Bennett,A "Southern Holiday Lines in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight": Cheltenham, Runpast 1994 ISBN 1-870754-31-X
  6. ^ Hay,P "Steaming Through the Isle Of Wight": Midhurst,Middleton, 1988 ISBN 0-906520-56-8
  7. ^ Britton,A "Once upon a line (Vol 4)": Oxford, OPC, 1994 ISBN 0-86093-513-2
  8. ^ Paye, Peter (1984). Isle of Wight Railways remembered. Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-212-5. 
  9. ^ Gammell C.J "Southern Branch Lines": Oxford, OPC, 1997 ISBN 0-86093-537-X

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Coordinates: 50°40′56″N 1°30′58″W / 50.6821°N 1.5161°W / 50.6821; -1.5161