- Charfield railway station
Charfield Location Place Charfield Area South Gloucestershire Coordinates Coordinates: Operations Original company Bristol and Gloucester Railway Pre-grouping Midland Railway Platforms 2 History 1844 Opened 1965 Closed Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom Closed railway stations in Britain
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Charfield railway station served the village of Charfield in South Gloucestershire, England. The station was on the Bristol and Gloucester Railway, originally a broad gauge line overseen by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but later taken over by the Midland Railway and converted to standard gauge.
Charfield station opened with the Bristol and Gloucester line in 1844 and had substantial Brunel designed buildings on both platforms. There were sidings to the north and the south, and those to the north were converted to loops to allow slow trains to be overtaken by faster trains.
In 1928, the Charfield railway disaster occurred when a southbound night-time mail train overran signals into a goods train manoeuvring into these sidings and in the collision the mail train was diverted into the path of a northbound freight train. Gas from the mail train ignited and 15 people died in the blaze. Among them were two children whose identity was never established.
Passenger services were withdrawn from Charfield in January 1965 with the removal of stopping services on the Bristol to Gloucester line. Goods services were withdrawn in the September of the same year. The main station building and the station master's house remain in residential use.
Services between Bristol and Birmingham pass through Charfield. There have been discussions about the viability of re-opening the station. The costs of re-opening would be shared between Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire Councils since, although the station would be in South Gloucestershire, the nearby town of Wotton-under-Edge would be a principal beneficiary.
Preceding station Disused railways Following station Wickwar
Bristol and Gloucester Railway
Terminus Sharpness Branch Line
Line and station closed
Closed railway stations in eastern Gloucestershire Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway Cirencester Branch LinePark Leaze Halt · Chesterton Lane Halt · Cirencester Town Tetbury branch lineJackament's Bridge Halt · Rodmarton Platform · Church's Hill Halt · Culkerton · Trouble House Halt · Tetbury Midland and South Western Junction Railway East Gloucestershire RailwayLechlade · Fairford Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway Honeybourne LineCheltenham High Street Halt · Bishops Cleeve · Gretton Halt · Hayles Abbey Halt · Laverton Halt · Willersey Halt · Weston-sub-Edge Bristol and South Wales Union Railway Bristol and Gloucester Railway Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Line Thornbury Branch Line Sharpness Branch LineBerkeley · Sharpness Dursley and Midland Junction Railway Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway Birmingham and Gloucester Railway Tewkesbury and Malvern Railway
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