Sturminster Newton railway station

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Sturminster Newton
Sturminster Newton Station.jpg
Entrance to site of former station
Location
Place Sturminster Newton
Area North Dorset
Grid reference ST789141
Operations
Pre-grouping Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway
Post-grouping SR and LMSR
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
31 August 1863 Opened
7 March 1966 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

Sturminster Newton railway station was a station in the town of Sturminster Newton, in the English county of Dorset. It was located between Stalbridge and Shillingstone stations on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 31 August 1863 by the London and South Western Railway as part of the Dorset Central Railway. A passing place on a stretch of single line, the station had two platforms with shelters, and a small goods yard. This and the passing loop were controlled from a signal box.

The station was transferred to the Southern Railway at the Grouping of 1923. Becoming part of the Southern Region of British Railways when the railways were nationalised in 1948.

The goods yard gave milk trains access to the private sidings of the local creamery. Started in 1913 by local farmers to produce cheddar cheese and pasteurised milk, it was taken over by the Milk Marketing Board in 1937. Milk trains ceased in 1966 upon closure of the line, with the creamery remaining in operation until 2000, when it was closed by owners Dairy Crest.[1]

The station was closed when the S&DJR closed on 7 March 1966.

The site today[edit]

Today the site is a trading estate and small park with a set of commemorative gates at the entrance.[1]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Shillingstone
Line and station closed
  Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
LSWR and Midland Railways
  Stalbridge
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Creamery at Sturminster Newton". cheesefestival.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 50°55′37″N 2°18′11″W / 50.9270°N 2.3031°W / 50.9270; -2.3031