Woodhay railway station

Woodhay railway station was a station on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in England. It was located about five miles south of the junction with the Great Western Railway west of Newbury railway station. Woodhay station served the villages of Enborne and Enborne Row in Berkshire and Broad Laying (Woolton Hill) in the parish of East Woodhay, Hampshire. It was a considerable distance from the villages of East Woodhay and West Woodhay. The site now lies under the A34 Newbury by-pass.

Woodhay
General information
LocationEast Woodhay, Basingstoke and Deane
England
Grid referenceSU443634
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companyDidcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Pre-groupingDidcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Key dates
4 May 1885Opened
4 August 1942Closed
8 March 1943Re-opened
7 March 1960Closed to passengers
31 December 1962Closed to freight[1]

FacilitiesEdit

Like most country stations on the line it originally consisted of two platforms, the southbound platform on the passing loop. Since the station was built on a bank it was not possible to construct strong foundations for a brick-built station building. Hence this was the only station on the line with a wooden station building located on the southbound platform. Two sidings and a headshunt were built to the south of the station for goods. These were primarily used for horses and wood cut from nearby pine forests.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • In December 1957, a freight train overran signals and was derailed by trap points.[2]

ClosureEdit

Both the station and the railway was closed in the 1960s.

RoutesEdit

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Newbury
Line closed, station open
  Great Western Railway
Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
  Highclere
Line and station closed

Typical timetableEdit

Page 45 of the 1910 Bradshaw's railway timetable gives the train times:[3]

Woodhay - Newbury
  • 08:22 - 08:29
  • 08:53 - 09:00
  • 11:52 - 11:59
  • 13:12 - 13:19
  • 15:45 - 15:53
  • 17:45 - 17:53
  • 18:53 - 19:00
Newbury - Woodhay
  • 07:48 - 07:57
  • 08:59 - 09:07
  • 11:42 - 11:53
  • 13:55 - 14:03
  • 16:15 - 16:25
  • 19:00 - 19:08
  • 20:47 - 20:55

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Basingstoke Railway History in Maps". Christopher Tolley. 2001. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ Bishop, Bill (1984). Off the Rails. Southampton: Kingfisher. p. 62. ISBN 0 946184 06 2.
  3. ^ Times converted to 24-hour clock.

Coordinates: 51°22′04″N 1°21′54″W / 51.3679°N 1.3650°W / 51.3679; -1.3650