Whitchurch Town railway station

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Whitchurch Town
Whitchurch Town station with 2-6-2T 41329.JPG
LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T No. 41329 passes the station in the 1960s.
Place Whitchurch
Area Basingstoke and Deane
Coordinates 51°13′44″N 1°20′36″W / 51.2289°N 1.3433°W / 51.2289; -1.3433Coordinates: 51°13′44″N 1°20′36″W / 51.2289°N 1.3433°W / 51.2289; -1.3433
Grid reference SU459479
Original company Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Pre-grouping Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
4 May 1885 (1885-05-04) 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
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Whitchurch Town railway station was a station on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in England. It served the town of Whitchurch, Hampshire, between 1885 and 1960.


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.[1][2][3] It was 12 miles 57 chains (20.5 km) from Enborne Junction, and 31 miles 64 chains (51.2 km) from Didcot.[4]

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.[5][6]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 23 September 1954, a freight train overran signals and was derailed by trap points.[7]
  • On 12 February 1960, a freight train overran signals and was derailed by trap points.[7]


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.[2]


The DN&S was worked by the Great Western Railway (GWR), and at the 1923 Grouping, the DN&S was absorbed by the GWR.[8] The GWR had other stations also named Whitchurch, and to distinguish them, most were renamed: this one became Whitchurch (Hants) on 1 July 1924.[1]

Temporary closure[edit]

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.[1][9]

Final closure[edit]

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.[1] Goods services continued, but these ceased as from 6 May 1963.[2]


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station closed
  Great Western Railway
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
  Barton Stacey
Line and station closed


  1. ^ a b c d Butt 1995, p. 248.
  2. ^ a b c Judge 1984, p. 94.
  3. ^ Sands 1971, pp. 18,29.
  4. ^ Sands 1971, p. 50.
  5. ^ Sands 1971, p. 29.
  6. ^ Conolly 1976, p. 4, section B3.
  7. ^ a b Bishop, Bill (1984). Off the Rails. Southampton: Kingfisher. pp. 57–65. ISBN 0 946184 06 2. 
  8. ^ Sands 1971, p. 38.
  9. ^ Sands 1971, pp. 40–41.


  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  • Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176. 
  • Judge, Colin W. (1984). An Historical Survey of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway. Poole: Oxford Publishing Co. ISBN 0-86093-149-8. 
  • Sands, T.B. (1971). The Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway. The Oakwood Library of Railway History. Lingfield: Oakwood Press. OL28. 

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