Church Road (B&MJR) railway station

Church Road railway station served the hamlet of Lower Machen in Newport, Wales.

Church Road (B&MJR)
Former railway station at Lower Machen - geograph.org.uk - 351939.jpg
The station building, now a private residence
LocationLower Machen, Newport
Wales
Coordinates51°35′19″N 3°06′44″W / 51.5885°N 3.1123°W / 51.5885; -3.1123Coordinates: 51°35′19″N 3°06′44″W / 51.5885°N 3.1123°W / 51.5885; -3.1123
Grid referenceST219883
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyBrecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway
Key dates
14 June 1865Opened
16 September 1957Closed

History and descriptionEdit

The station had two platforms. There was a substantial stone building on one, with the other supplied with only a shelter. Initially a small and insignificant halt (though the suffix 'halt' did not begin appearing until the 1900s), Church Road grew in importance and a telephone kiosk was installed in 1891,[1] together with the larger waiting room. For many years, the station's flowerbeds had its name spelt out in bedding plants.[2]

The station's patronage slumped in the post-war years. It closed to both passengers and freight in 1957, having been unstaffed for a number of years.[3] The larger station building is now a private residence, though the second platform was gone by 1974.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Coleman, E; Coleman, D; Spargo, D (1996). Machen Remembered. Stroud: Chalford Publishing Company. p. 33. ISBN 9780752407371.
  2. ^ Hutton, John (1996). The Newport Docks & Railway Company. Kettering: Silver Link. p. 108. ISBN 9781857941630.
  3. ^ Hall, M (2009). Lost Railways of South Wales. Newbury: Countryside Book. p. 43. ISBN 9781846741722.
  4. ^ Barrie, D; Kidner, R.W. (1991). The Brecon & Merthyr Railway. Oxford: Oakwood Press. p. 128. ISBN 0853614105.