Radstock North railway station

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Radstock North
Radstock North Station.jpg
AreaBath and North East Somerset
Grid referenceST689550
Pre-groupingSomerset and Dorset Joint Railway
Post-groupingSR and LMSR
Western Region of British Railways
20 July 1874Opened (Radstock)
26 September 1949Renamed (Radstock North)
7 March 1966Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Radstock North railway station was a station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway in the county of Somerset in England.


Opened as Radstock on 20 July 1874, it was located immediately to the northeast of the GWR's Bristol and North Somerset Railway's (B&NSR) Radstock West (1854-1965). However, there was no direct connection between the two competing stations.

Due to the extensive collieries in the area sunk into the Somerset Coalfield, the station was more extensive than others serving similar sized communities. Immediately west of the station was a line to Middle Writhlington Colliery, leading to Clandown Colliery and onwards to the local gas works. Immediately to the east of the station were connections to Ludlow Colliery, and the wagon way to Tyning Colliery. Further east towards Shoscombe was a junction giving access to Lower Writhlington Colliery, Braysdown Colliery and Writhlington Colliery.

The station itself consisted of two platforms, a goods yard and cattle dock, wagon works, and a two-road engine shed with coaling and watering facilities. To the east of the station and locomotive servicing facilities were the former Wheeler & Gregory Wagon Works, and a private timber yard. Operations were controlled from two signal boxes, with a third to the east controlling access to the colliery line's there.

The station closed to goods in 1964. After the decision to close the S&DJR in 1966, a connection was made to the west of the station with the GWR mainline. This allowed trains on the former B&NSR to traverse a short spur through Radstock North to the Lower Writhlington, Braysdown and Writhlington collieries, to transport coal to Portishead power station. Passenger services were withdrawn when the SDJR closed on 7 March 1966. After the last coal from the Somerset Coalfield was extracted from Writhlington Colliery on 28 September 1973, the spur was dismantled.


A head-on collision at Foxcote near Radstock was the worst accident in the line's history.[1]

The site today[edit]

The site is now a green space alongside a road.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Midsomer Norton South
Line and station closed
  Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
LSWR & Midland Railways
  Shoscombe and Single Hill Halt
Line and station closed

Further reading[edit]

  • R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°17′34″N 2°26′48″W / 51.2928°N 2.4468°W / 51.2928; -2.4468