Radstock North railway station
|Area||Bath and North East Somerset|
|Pre-grouping||Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway|
|Post-grouping||SR and LMSR
Western Region of British Railways
|20 July 1874||Opened (Radstock)|
|26 September 1949||Renamed (Radstock North)|
|7 March 1966||Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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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 Passenger services were withdrawn when the SDJR closed on 7 March 1966.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.
The site today
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
- R.V.J.Butt, (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1