Black Dog Halt is a former railway station on the Chippenham and Calne line in Wiltshire, England. Originally created in 1863 as a private stop for Lord Lansdowne of Bowood House, it became a public request stop after the formation of British Rail. The halt was closed and demolished in 1965, and today it is part of National Cycle Route 403.
|Original company||Calne Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|3 November 1863||Opened as|
Black Dog Siding
|8 June 1953||Renamed|
Black Dog Halt
|20 September 1965||Closed|
Black Dog Halt was opened on 3 November 1863 by the Calne Railway company. Lord Lansdowne of Bowood House used the halt as a private station; use by the public was allowed, though it was not common knowledge. Lord Lansdowne had a special compartment in one of the Calne line's autocoaches. Later he was persuaded to allow the halt to be named on the timetable.
In 1965 the halt was closed and soon the buildings were demolished. The tracks were lifted in 1967.
Today the site of the halt is being used as part of National Cycle Route 403 which runs from Chippenham to Calne. The former route of the track is also a popular route for walkers. It is possible to walk to both Calne and Bowood House from here.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Stanley Bridge Halt||BR (Western Region)
Chippenham and Calne Line
- "Black Dog Halt". disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- Butt, R. V. J. (October 1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. OL 11956311M.
- "Route 403". Sustrans. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- Black Dog Halt at a website dedicated to disused railway stations
- Black Dog Halt station on navigable 1948 O. S. map
- Black Dog Halt station at Subterranea Britannica
- Exploring Bowood Park at the AA website
- Black Dog Halt at The Ramblers website