Woodchester railway station

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Woodchester
Location
Place Woodchester
Area Stroud
Coordinates 51°43′07″N 2°13′53″W / 51.7186°N 2.2315°W / 51.7186; -2.2315Coordinates: 51°43′07″N 2°13′53″W / 51.7186°N 2.2315°W / 51.7186; -2.2315
Grid reference SO842023
Operations
Original company Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 1
History
1 July 1867 (1867-07-01) Opened
16 June 1947 Last passenger train
8 June 1949 Official closure
1964 closed for freight
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
Stonehouse &
Nailsworth Railway
Cross Country Route
← to Birmingham • to Bristol
Stonehouse (Bristol Road)
Ryeford
Dudbridge
Stroud
Woodchester
Nailsworth

Woodchester railway station served the villages of Woodchester and Amberley in Gloucestershire, England. It was on the 9.3km-long Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway, later part of the Midland Railway.

The station opened six months after the railway and its other stations, on 1 July 1867. The delay was allegedly due to resistance from objectors who thought the provision of a station might encourage attendance at a nearby Catholic chapel.[1] When the station was provided, it was given scruffy wooden buildings, unlike the substantial stone-built stations elsewhere on the line, a sign of the influence of the Midland Railway and the financial problems of the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway.

Woodchester was a busy station with tourists visiting Amberley, which was identified with "Enderley" in the novel John Halifax, Gentleman. It also had a large volume of goods traffic.

The Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway, along with the rest of the Midland Railway, became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway at the 1923 Grouping. Passenger services were suspended on the line as an economy measure to save fuel in June 1947, and were officially withdrawn from 8 June 1949. Woodchester remained open for goods traffic until 1964. The line itself closed for goods traffic in 1966. The station buildings at Woodchester have all been demolished, though the station-master's house remains and the line of the track is used as a pedestrian and cycle path between Dudbridge and Nailsworth.[2]

Services[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Dudbridge
Line and station closed
  Midland Railway
Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway
  Nailsworth
Line and station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakley, Mike (2003). Gloucestershire Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. pp. 152–153. ISBN 1-904349-24-2. 
  2. ^ Oakley 2003, p. 153

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