Moretonhampstead railway station


Moretonhampstead railway station
Moretonhampstead station circa 1909

Moretonhampstead railway station was the terminus of the Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway at Moretonhampstead, Devon, England. It was opened on 26 June 1866.

The station was situated on the south side of the town by the road to Bovey Tracey. The platform was 300 feet long and mostly covered by a wooden train shed. Beyond the train shed was a short platform with cattle pens.

South of the station was a goods shed and engine shed. The signal box was unusually built onto the side of the engine shed.

The station site in 1970 with the old engine shed visible in the background.
The old goods, shed etc. in 1969.

In 1929 the Great Western Railway, which now owned the line, opened the Manor House Hotel just outside Moretonhampstead. Set in 193 acres (0.78 km2), it boasted a golf course and also attracted holidaymakers to visit Dartmoor.

After the railway closed to passengers on 28 February 1959, regular goods trains continued until 6 April 1964, although British Railways continued to use the station as a base for its road goods services until the end of the year. The goods and engine sheds for many years continued to be used by a commercial road haulage business.

References

  • Beck, Keith; Copsey, John (1990). The Great Western in South Devon. Didcot: Wild Swan Publications. ISBN 978-0-906867-90-7. 
  • Jenkins, S C; Pomroy, L J (1989). The Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway. Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 978-0-85361-389-3. 

Coordinates: 50°39′28″N 3°45′41″W / 50.65765°N 3.76129°W / 50.65765; -3.76129


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