Kelston railway station

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Kelston for Saltford
Location
Place Kelston
Area Bath and North East Somerset
Grid reference ST688671
Operations
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
1 December 1869 Opened
1 January 1949 Closed
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Kelston was a small railway station about four miles west of Bath on the Midland Railway's Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Line. It lies across the fields from the village of Kelston and nearer the village of Saltford on the other side of the River Avon, to which it was connected by a footpath that ran alongside the railway on the bridge over the river. The station was known for many years as "Kelston (for Saltford)", though Saltford had its own station on the Great Western Main Line.

It was opened in 1869 when the Midland Railway's Bath branch was opened. It was served by stopping trains to Mangotsfield and the Midland Railway terminus at Bristol St Philips or Bristol Temple Meads, via Bitton and Oldland Common. The station generated little traffic apart from race days at Bath Racecourse, which could be reached by a three-mile trek over the fields, mostly uphill, or regatta days at Saltford. It closed at the end of 1948, though the line itself remained opened for passenger traffic until March 1966 and for goods to Bath gasworks until 1971.

References[edit]

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

Services[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Bitton
Line closed; station open
  Midland Railway
Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Line
  Weston (Bath)
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 51°24.3245′N 2°27.0143′W / 51.4054083°N 2.4502383°W / 51.4054083; -2.4502383