Ogbourne railway station


Ogbourne railway station
Ogbourne
Location
Place Ogbourne St George
Area Wiltshire
Coordinates 51°28′08″N 1°42′37″W / 51.4690°N 1.7102°W / 51.4690; -1.7102Coordinates: 51°28′08″N 1°42′37″W / 51.4690°N 1.7102°W / 51.4690; -1.7102
Operations
Original company Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
27 July 1881 Station opens
1961 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Ogbourne railway station was on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway in Wiltshire. The station opened on 27 July 1881 on the Swindon Town to Marlborough section of the Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway.[1] In 1883, a northwards extension, the Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway, opened from Swindon Town to Cirencester Watermoor, with further northward extension to a junction with the Great Western Railway's Cheltenham to Banbury at Andoversford opening in 1891, enabling through trains from the Midlands to the south, through Ogbourne. The SM&AR and the S&CER had in 1884 amalgamated to form the M&SWJR.

History

Ogbourne was sited on a curved section of track to the north of the village of Ogbourne St George. The station had a passing loop on the single track line and this loop was lengthened by troops during the Second World War to handle the very long trains and considerable movements on this railway that military activity brought.

There was also a siding at Ogbourne St. Andrew used by the nearby horse stables.

As a whole, traffic on the M&SWJR fell steeply after the Second World War and the line closed to passengers in 1961, with goods facilities withdrawn from this section of the line at the same time. The over-bridge formed a dangerous choke point on the road and was removed in 1964. No trace of the station now remains, the Swindon to Marlborough A346 road having been realigned to run on the former railway route in 1969/1970.[2] The road now passes over what was the station forecourt and the small freight yard which included a loading dock for local cattle which were herded down the village highstreet on route to Swindon market.

Route

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Chiseldon Camp Halt   Midland and South Western Junction Railway
Swindon & Cheltenham Extension Railway
  Marlborough

References

  1. ^ Mike Oakley (2004). Wiltshire Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. ISBN 1904349331. 
  2. ^ "The Village of Ogbourne St. George, Wiltshire, England". 2008. http://ogbournestgeorge.org.uk/history/historical-photographs/street-scene/. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 



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