Whippingham railway station

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Whippingham railway station
Dismantled railway crosses Park Road - geograph.org.uk - 519215.jpg
The old Newport to Smallbrook Junction line near Whippingham
Place Opposite Isle of Wight Crematorium
Area Isle of Wight
Grid reference SZ 524915
Original company Ryde and Newport Railway
Pre-grouping Isle of Wight Central Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Southern Region of British Railways
Platforms Two
1875 Opened
21 September 1953 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
A 1914 Railway Clearing House map of lines around The Isle of Wight.

Whippingham railway station was arguably the most underused station on an often sparsely used network.[1] Built solely because of the need to have a station within close proximity to Osborne House,[2] it is known that Queen Victoria did use the station on at least one occasion, on 11 February 1888, when she travelled from Whippingham to Ventnor and back for the opening of the National Consumption Hospital there.[3] The station is also known to have been used by the young Lord Mountbatten.[4] In its early days its passenger carrying status was ambiguous[5] and, although always clean and tidy,[6] never very busy. A passing loop was added in 1912[6] and indeed was retained for a further three years after closure in 1953. Trains continued to pass through the station until the line was closed in 1966. The station house, now a splendid private dwelling, still stands[7] with the only other building within any sort of close proximity being the Island crematorium.[8]

It was described in the Railway Magazine:

Few people know that the delightfully rural station of Whippingham, in the Isle of Wight, was originally built to be a private station, though now it may be said to have become quite a public one. The station is near the charming village which was so dear to the heart of her late Majesty Queen Victoria, and, when it was first planned it was intended that the station should be kept exclusively for the use of the Queen, the Roval family, or visitors to Osborne. But with her usual kindness of heart and thoughtfulness for her humblest dependents, Queen Victoria soon saw what a boon it would be for the surrounding tenantry and villagers to be able to use Whippingham Station, rather than to have to go to Cowes or Newport, and then return for miles to their homes. So she graciously allowed her private station to be used by almost everybody who wished, until at length it became a really public station.

It would indeed be difficult to find a more lovely spot than Whippingham. or a nicer station for a country village than is the one there. It has seen many historic sights, too; being probably the only private railway station—in our time—that can boast of such renown. Royalties from far and near have here detrained: men and women famous over the world have trodden its platform when visiting or leaving the great Qeeen of England; it has witnessed the joy of marriages and the pain of deaths amongst the Royal family in a way no other station has done.

A woman presides over its destinies, just as does one at Watchingwell, not many miles distant. Stationmistresses are not so common in our islands as to have ceased to attract attention from passing travellers, and these on the Isle of Wight Central Railway draw more than a moderate share of public attention from the yearly thousands of visitors to the "Garden of England".[9]
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Southern Region

IoW CR : Newport to Smallbrook Junction line
Line and station closed


  1. ^ Paye, Peter (1984). Isle of Wight Railways remembered. Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-212-5. 
  2. ^ Bennett, A. (1994). Southern Holiday Lines in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Cheltenham: Runpast. ISBN 1-870754-31-X. 
  3. ^ "Hidden Wootton Walk (leaflet)". Wootton Bridge Historical. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  4. ^ Marjorie Smith, daughter of the stationmaster between 1917 and 1925- quoted in Britton, A. (1994). Once upon a line (Vol. 4). Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-513-2. 
  5. ^ Catford, Nick. "Whippingham Station". Disused Stations. 
  6. ^ a b Hay, P. (1988). Steaming Through the Isle Of Wight. Midhurst: Middleton Press. ISBN 0-906520-56-8. 
  7. ^ Gammell, C.J. (1997). Southern Branch Lines. Oxford: OPC. ISBN 0-86093-537-X. 
  8. ^ Pomeroy, C.A. (1993). Isle Of Wight Railways, Then and Now. Oxford: Past & Present Publishing. ISBN 0-947971-62-9. 
  9. ^ Wade, George A. (November 1903). "Private Railway Stations". The Railway Magazine. [page needed]

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Coordinates: 50°43′15″N 1°15′35″W / 50.7207°N 1.2597°W / 50.7207; -1.2597