Midford railway station

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Midford
Midford Railway Station.jpg
Station building and platform in 1962
Location
PlaceMidford
AreaBath and North East Somerset, Somerset
Grid referenceST761607
Operations
Pre-groupingSomerset and Dorset Railway
Post-groupingSR and LMSR
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms1
History
20 July 1874Opened
10 June 1963Closed to goods traffic
7 March 1966Closed to passenger traffic
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
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Midford railway station was a single-platform station on the Bath extension of the Somerset and Dorset Railway, just to the north of the point where the double-track became a single track. It served the village of Midford. The station was closed with the rest of the line in March 1966 under the Beeching axe, though it had been unstaffed for some years before that.

There was a small goods yard to the north of the station, towards the entrance to the Combe Down Tunnel, which loaded Fuller's earth from Tucking Mill.[1] South of the station, a signal box presided over the double track junction: the railway then ran across the Midford valley on a high viaduct that still exists.

For about four years from 1911 to 1915, Midford had a second railway station, Midford Halt located on the GWR Camerton Branch, which passed under the S&DJR viaduct.

Services[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Wellow
Line and station closed
  Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
LSWR and Midland Railways
  Bath Green Park
Line and station closed

The site today[edit]

After a long period in private hands the site is now part of a surfaced cycleway and footpath — the Two Tunnels Greenway. The platform and remains of the goods shed survive.

The station is now owned by the New Somerset and Dorset Railway who have plans to rebuild the station building and relay the track, when the cycleway will be diverted or accommodated. The site has been cleared to uncover the remains of the old station. [2]

The New Somerset and Dorset Railway[edit]

The New Somerset and Dorset Railway[3] formed in early 2009 aims to restore the complete line to mainline operations, so it is possible that Midford will one day see passengers again.

As the initial objectives of the New S&D are focused on the southern end of the line (notably Blandford-Bournemouth), in the short term Midford will be restored as a cafe and information centre, along much the same lines as the existing Shillingstone Station Project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macmillen, Neil (2009). A history of the Fuller's Earth mining industry around Bath. Lydney: Lightmoor Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-899889-32-7.
  2. ^ http://www.gebejay.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/s&d-midford.html Archived 6 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ http://www.somersetanddorsetrailway.co.uk
  • Somerset Railway Stations by Mike Oakley, Dovecote Press, 2002

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°20′42″N 2°20′43″W / 51.3449°N 2.3452°W / 51.3449; -2.3452