Black Dog Halt railway station

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.

Black Dog Halt
Black Dog Halt, near Calne, Wilts - - 40305.jpg
Black Dog Halt in 2004
General information
LocationCalne, Wiltshire
Grid referenceST981707
Other information
Original companyCalne Railway[1]
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
3 November 1863[1]Opened as
Black Dog Siding[2]
8 June 1953Renamed
Black Dog Halt[2]
20 September 1965Closed


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.

The Calne Railway company was sold to the Great Western Railway in 1892. After the formation of British Rail the halt was turned into a request stop.

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.[3] 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


  1. ^ a b "Black Dog Halt". Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ "Route 403". Sustrans. Retrieved 4 August 2016.

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Coordinates: 51°26′09″N 2°01′39″W / 51.4359°N 2.0275°W / 51.4359; -2.0275