Southminster railway station
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The terminus in 2011
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Southminster railway station is the eastern terminus of the Crouch Valley Line in Essex, England, serving the town of Southminster and other settlements on the Dengie Peninsula. It is 45 miles 42 chains (73.27 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street. The Engineer's Line Reference for the line is WIS, the station's three-letter station code is SMN. The platform has an operational length for 8 carriages. The preceding station to the west is Burnham-on-Crouch.
The line and station were opened on 1 June 1889 for goods and on 1 October 1889 for passengers by the Great Eastern Railway in 1889. The station had a single platform and station buildings. There were extensive sidings including a line to gravel pits which operated until 3 November 1979. The sidings included a goods shed, cattle pens and a locomotive turntable. The goods yard closed on 4 October 1965. There was a 36-lever signal box which closed on 19 January 1986. The line and station were passed to the London and North Eastern Railway following the Grouping of 1923. It then passed to the Eastern Region of British Railways upon nationalisation in 1948. The Wickford to Southminster line was electrified using 25kV overhead line electrification (OLE) on 12 May 1986. When sectorisation was introduced, Southminster was served by Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Rail. A nuclear flask handling facility operated to the south of the station from 1962 during the operation and decommissioning of Bradwell nuclear power station, this facility was last used on 31 August 2006. The timetable in the 1990s allowed for this traffic by the absence of a down and up passenger train on the branch late on Wednesday mornings.
Today the station is managed by Greater Anglia, which also operates all trains serving it. The typical off-peak service is of one train every 40 minutes to Wickford, with additional services at peak times. Some peak services continue to or from Shenfield and/or London Liverpool Street via the Great Eastern Main Line. Services are typically formed of Class 321 rolling stock, built by BREL York and introduced in 1988.
- Mitchell, Vic (2010). Branch Liines to Southend and Southminster. Midhurst Sussex: Middleton Press. ISBN 978-1-906008-76-5.
- "Essex Family History - Bradwell Nuclear Power Station". Retrieved 15 April 2011.
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