Spetisbury railway station

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Spetisbury Halt, abandoned platform (geograph 2135894).jpg
Before restoration started taken in October 2010
AreaNorth Dorset
Grid referenceST913022
Original companyDorset Central Railway
Pre-groupingSomerset and Dorset Joint Railway
1 November 1860Opened (Spetisbury)
13 August 1934Renamed (Spetisbury Halt)
17 September 1956Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Spetisbury railway station was a station in the English county of Dorset. It was located between Blandford Forum and Bailey Gate on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. The station consisted of two platforms, a station building, signal box and shelters.

The ‘down’ platform is the station’s original platform, which opened with timber booking office and waiting rooms on 1 November 1860. The platform was extended and a separate brick-built ladies’ waiting room was provided in 1888. The concrete floor and fireplace you see today is the foundation of this building. During reconstruction of the station around 1900 when double track was laid, this platform was again extended to a total length of 300ft. It then became the ‘down’ platform for trains to Bailey Gate, Broadstone, Poole and Bournemouth (West). You can clearly see the different methods of construction where this platform has been extended.[1]

The ‘up’ platform is 300ft long and was built during reconstruction of the station around 1900. It was used for trains to Blandford, Templecombe, Evercreech Junction (change for the Burnham-on-Sea branch) and Bath (Green Park). This platform opened on 29 April 1901 and was provided with a brick station building containing a booking office, waiting rooms and lavatories.The rear wall of this building still survives as it holds back the field behind the station. The foundations of the various rooms with the three fireplaces can still be seen today.[1]


The station was opened on 1 November 1860 by the London and South Western Railway as part of the Dorset Central Railway, and later became part of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. The station was transferred to the Southern Railway at the Grouping of 1923, and relegated to a halt in 1934. Becoming part of the Southern Region of British Railways when the railways were nationalised in 1948, the halt was closed in 1956 as part of an economy campaign. Passenger trains continued to pass the site until the S&DJR closed in 1966. The railway was still open until the closure of the goods terminal at Blandford in 1969 and later that year the track was lifted.

Spetisbury Station Project[edit]

The station site is currently being looked after by the Spetisbury Station Project Group [1] The long-term ambition is to reconstruct the buildings as an information centre for the station and Somerset & Dorset railway.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Bailey Gate
Line and station closed
  Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
LSWR and Midland Railways
  Charlton Marshall
Line and station closed

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  1. ^ a b "About Us". Spetisbury Station Project. Retrieved 19 February 2018.

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Coordinates: 50°49′09″N 2°07′25″W / 50.8191°N 2.1235°W / 50.8191; -2.1235