Powerstock railway station

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Powerstock
Powerstock Railway Station.jpg
Former railway station
Location
Place Powerstock
Area West Dorset, Dorset
Coordinates 50°45′21″N 2°40′45″W / 50.7557°N 2.6792°W / 50.7557; -2.6792Coordinates: 50°45′21″N 2°40′45″W / 50.7557°N 2.6792°W / 50.7557; -2.6792
Operations
Pre-grouping GWR
Post-grouping GWR
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
12 November 1857 Opened as Poorstock[1]
1860 Renamed Powerstock[1]
5 May 1975 Closed[1]
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

Powerstock was a railway station on the Bridport Railway in the west of the English county of Dorset. The station served the villages of Powerstock, and Nettlecombe, which was nearer the railway. Opened with the branch on 12 November 1857, it was called Poorstock until 1860. Consisting of a single platform and bungalow style building, it had a siding. Operated by the Great Western Railway, it was placed in the Western Region when the railways were nationalised in 1948.

The branch was threatened with closure in the Beeching report, but narrow roads in the area, unsuitable for buses, kept it open until 5 May 1975. The station was unstaffed in 1966.[2] In its final years train services were usually operated by single carriage Class 121 diesel railcars.

The site today[edit]

The station building can still be seen from the road. It was sold by British Railways in 1968 and was converted into a private home. The platform was still available for passenger use until 1975. After closure the trackbed and platform was sold to become part of the grounds of the house.[1]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Toller
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Bridport Railway
  Bridport
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 188,191. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/p/powerstock/index.shtml

Further reading[edit]

  • R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd.  ISBN 1-85260-508-1
  • J.H. Lucking ,. Railways of Dorset. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society 1968.  ISBN(no ISBN)
  • Powerstock Station - All Change, Diana P. Read, 1996, ISBN 0-9527522-0-4 (tells the history of the Bridport Branch line and in particular the history and people associated with Powerstock Station)

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