Thatcham railway station

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Thatcham National Rail
Thatcham railway station up platform in 2009.jpg
Train leaving platform 2 towards Reading
Location
PlaceThatcham
Local authorityWest Berkshire
Coordinates51°23′38″N 1°14′35″W / 51.394°N 1.243°W / 51.394; -1.243Coordinates: 51°23′38″N 1°14′35″W / 51.394°N 1.243°W / 51.394; -1.243
Grid referenceSU528663
Operations
Station codeTHA
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.522 million
2014/15Increase 0.535 million
2015/16Increase 0.578 million
2016/17Increase 0.581 million
2017/18Decrease 0.557 million
History
Key datesOpened 21 December 1847 (21 December 1847)
Original companyGreat Western Railway
Pre-groupingGWR
Post-groupingGWR
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Thatcham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Thatcham railway station serves the town of Thatcham in Berkshire, England. It is 49 miles 45 chains (79.76 km) measured from London Paddington. It is served by Great Western Railway local services between Reading and Newbury and Bedwyn.

It was served before privatisation by Network SouthEast and from 1996 until 2004 by Thames Trains. A limited semi-fast service between London and Exeter St Davids, Westbury, Taunton, Frome and Penzance also calls.

Services[edit]

Thatcham station is served by GWR local services from Reading to Newbury and from London Paddington to Bedwyn.[1] A limited number of services starting from Reading continue to Bedwyn. It is also served by limited semi-fast InterCity 125 services from Paddington to the West Country.

These services are summarised as follows.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Theale   Great Western Railway
HST services
Reading to Taunton line
  Newbury
Theale   Great Western Railway
Paddington to Bedwyn
Local services
Reading to Taunton line
  Newbury
Midgham   Great Western Railway
Reading to Newbury
Local services
Reading to Taunton line
  Newbury Racecourse

History[edit]

Thatcham station was opened on 21 December 1847 as part of the Berks and Hants Line to Hungerford.[2] Traffic through the station increased when the line was extended to Taunton in 1906. The station remained as part of the Great Western Railway (GWR) until railway nationalisation in 1948. After the sectorisation of British Rail in 1982 the station became part of Network SouthEast until the privatisation of British Rail. From 1996 services were provided by Thames Trains until the franchise was merged with First Great Western.

Thatcham Ordnance Depot[edit]

In 1940 the 332nd Engineer General Service Regiment of the United States Army built an ordnance depot next to the main line just west of the station. This included a number of sidings that were used for the delivery of equipment.[3] After the Second World War the site was developed as a base for what later became the Royal Logistics Corps and had a number of steam locomotives used for shunting.[citation needed]

The base was closed in 1999 and its site has now been developed as a housing estate.[4]

Current Layout[edit]

A train from Reading to Bedwyn on platform 1

Thatcham station has two platforms, one on each side of the main line. At the eastern end of the station there is a footbridge over the line, replacing the old footbridge that was located at the western end.[5] At the western end of the platform there is a level crossing.

On the up platform is a ticket office that is open Mondays to Saturdays and two access points to the station car park. On the north side of the line west of the station is a Royal Mail sorting office next to where the ordnance depot used to be.

On the down platform is a small shelter and access to a small car park. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs parallel to the station and can be reached from the road at the western end of the station.

During 2018 the station was closed for periods[6] as part of the electrification project bringing overhead electric cables to the Reading to Taunton line, which in turn will allow the running of the new Hitach built British Rail Class 800 trains.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table 116 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  2. ^ "Basingstoke Railway History in Maps". Christopher Tolley. 2001. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ Robertson, K (1987). The Last Days of Steam in Berkshire. Stroud: Alan Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-86299-395-4.
  4. ^ Thatcham Town Council timeline Archived 3 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ AMCO Project for Thatcham Railway Station Footbridge[dead link]
  6. ^ Newbury is going Electric
  7. ^ InterCity 125 v Hitachi: What are the UK's new trains like?

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