Steventon railway station

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Steventon
Steventon railway station (postcard).jpg
Location
Place Steventon
Area District of Vale of White Horse
Grid reference SU472916
Operations
Original company Great Western Railway
Pre-grouping GWR
Post-grouping GWR
Western Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
1 June 1840 Opened
7 December 1964 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Steventon railway station was built when the Great Western Railway extended their main line from Reading to the village of Steventon, opening the line on 1 June 1840.[1] Two months later, on 20 July, it was extended to Faringdon Road,[2] and in December of that year, to Swindon.

Station for Oxford[edit]

For four years stagecoaches transported passengers between Steventon and Oxford, until 1844 when a branch was built to the city from Didcot; despite this, mail trains from the West continued to call at Steventon, rather than Didcot, in order to drop off mails for Oxford - this practice did not end until March 1962.[3]

On 7 December 1964 British Railways withdrew passenger services from Steventon and all other intermediate stations between Didcot and Swindon.[3] The station was demolished soon after closure and there is now no evidence remaining.

Headquarters of the GWR[edit]

Steventon was briefly the headquarters of the GWR: in October 1841, the Board decided to merge the previously-separate London and Bristol committees. Steventon was chosen as a suitable new location because it was close to the half-way point of the line (56 miles 22 chains from the old station at Paddington, 61 miles 71 chains from the old station at Bristol[4]). After a delay of several months, during which the accommodation was made ready, the weekly board meetings were held at Steventon from 21 July 1842 until 5 January 1843, when the permanent headquarters was established at Paddington.[5]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Didcot
Line and station open
  British Rail
Western Region

Great Western Main Line
  Wantage Road
Line open, station closed

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Gardner, Jack (1996). Brunel's Didcot - Great Western Railway to Great Western Society. Cheltenham: Runpast. ISBN 1-870754-41-7. 
  • MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway. 1 (1st ed.). Paddington: Great Western Railway. 

Coordinates: 51°37′17″N 1°19′08″W / 51.6215°N 1.3188°W / 51.6215; -1.3188