Saffron Walden Railway

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Saffron Walden Railway
Stour Valley Railway
Stour Valley Railway
Ashdon Halt
Acrow Halt
Saffron Walden
West Anglia Main Line
Audley End
West Anglia Main Line

The Saffron Walden Railway was a branch of the Great Eastern Railway between Audley End and Bartlow on the Stour Valley Railway between Shelford to Haverhill, a distance of 7 14 miles (11.7 km).[1][2]


The line was opened between Audley End and Saffron Walden on 21 November 1865 and to Bartlow in 1866.


The line was the initiative of the local Gibson family whose bank helped to finance the railway. It remained independent until 1 January 1877 when the Great Eastern Railway purchased the line.[3]


Initially there were six return trains a day, while between 1877 and 1894 trains operated between Saffron Walden and London. Coaches dating from the 1890s operated on the line until the 1950s.[4] From July 1958 the line was operated by railbuses until closure.


The line closed to passengers on 7 September 1964 and to freight three months later. At Audley End services served a separate platform, of which the building still remains in the current car park (52°00′15″N 0°12′28″E / 52.0043°N 0.2077°E / 52.0043; 0.2077).


  1. ^ Saffron Walden Railway notes
  2. ^ R.S. Joby (1977). Forgotten Railways East Anglia. David & Charles. ISBN 0715373129. 
  3. ^ Leslie Oppitz (1999). Lost Railways of East Anglia. Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-595-1. 
  4. ^ Richard Spendlove (1992). Branch lines around Cambridge. HEGA publications. 

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