Whitchurch Town railway station
LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T No. 41329 passes the station in the 1960s.
|Area||Basingstoke and Deane|
|Original company||Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|4 May 1885||Opened as Whitchurch|
|1 July 1924||Renamed Whitchurch (Hants)|
|4 August 1942||Closed|
|8 March 1943||Re-opened as Whitchurch (Hants)|
|26 September 1949||Renamed Whitchurch Town|
|7 March 1960||Closed to passengers|
|6 May 1963||Closed to goods|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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The Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway (DN&S) was opened in stages. The section between Enborne Junction (to the west of Newbury) and Winchester was formally opened on 1 May 1885, public services beginning on 4 May; among the original stations was one named Whitchurch. It was 12 miles 57 chains (20.5 km) from Enborne Junction, and 31 miles 64 chains (51.2 km) from Didcot.
Whitchurch was already served by one railway station on the LSWR which survives to this day. The DNSR had a choice of connecting to the LSWR and building a station nearby to aid interchange traffic. However, it decided to build the station further south, closer to the town.
Accidents and incidents
- On 23 September 1954, a freight train overran signals and was derailed by trap points.
- On 12 February 1960, a freight train overran signals and was derailed by trap points.
The station was relatively large compared to others on this section of the line including a larger station building on the northbound platform and a subway to link the two platforms. There was also a long passing loop and three sidings complete with a large goods shed. The station also boasted a water crane and water tower.
The DN&S was worked by the Great Western Railway (GWR), and at the 1923 Grouping, the DN&S was absorbed by the GWR. The GWR had other stations also named Whitchurch, and to distinguish them, most were renamed: this one became Whitchurch (Hants) on 1 July 1924.
Like other stations on the former DN&S line, Whitchurch (Hants) station was closed temporarily on 4 August 1942 so that the line could be upgraded for wartime freight trains; it reopened on 8 March 1943.
Following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948, British Railways renamed the station Whitchurch Town on 26 September 1949, a name which it retained until closure to passengers on 7 March 1960. Goods services continued, but these ceased as from 6 May 1963.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
Line and station closed
|Great Western Railway
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Line and station closed
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