West Meon railway station

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West Meon
Station Road, West Meon - geograph.org.uk - 620151.jpg
Station Road, West Meon
Location
Place West Meon
Area City of Winchester
Coordinates 51°00′31″N 1°05′10″W / 51.0086°N 1.0862°W / 51.0086; -1.0862Coordinates: 51°00′31″N 1°05′10″W / 51.0086°N 1.0862°W / 51.0086; -1.0862
Grid reference SU642237
Operations
Original company London and South Western Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms Two
History
1 June 1903 Opened
7 February 1955 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
1970 station in poor repair
Tunnel under disused line near WM station

West Meon railway station was an intermediate station on the Meon Valley line which ran from Alton to Fareham during the first half of the 20th century. Opened on 1 June 1903, it formed part of a comprehensive set of transport links serving the village.[1]

Engineering works[edit]

The Meon Valley line was particularly difficult to construct (it cost the equivalent of 27 million pounds[2]). The terrain around West Meon was very uneven, requiring large works of civil engineering to build the railway. In quick succession, heading into West Meon from the north, the line required a tall embankment with a large tunnel driven through it to carry it over the A272, a tunnel and, immediately before the station, an impressive wrought-iron viaduct over the Meon Valley itself.

Closure[edit]

Never a busy station, its only substantive commission was to move a complete farm in 1933.[3] It was finally closed on 7 February 1955. The station buildings remained for several years but were eventually demolished for hard core rubble for a car park in Denmead. The four-span West Meon viaduct was demolished in 1957.[4]

The site today[edit]

The only remains today are the 600-foot-long (180 m) platforms (heavily overgrown)[5] and an Ordnance Survey benchmark.[6] The site of the former goods yard is now a car park for users of the Meon Valley Trail and the approach road from the village is still called 'Station Road'.

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Privett   British Rail
Southern Region

Meon Valley Railway line
  Droxford

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summary of transport provision". 
  2. ^ Stone, R.A. (1983). The Meon Valley Railway. Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. ISBN 978-1-870754-36-1. 
  3. ^ Oppitz, L (1988). Hampshire railways remembered. Newbury: Countryside. ISBN 1-85306-020-8. 
  4. ^ Railway Magazine December 1957 p. 852 with before and after photos
  5. ^ "Aerial photo". 
  6. ^ "Location of benchmark".