Masbury Station

Masbury Station

Photo by Julian Jefferson (27 March 2007). © All rights reserved.

History

Masbury railway station, at 811 feet above sea level, was one of the highest stations in southern England. It opened on 20 July 1874 as Masbury, and was renamed Masbury Halt on 26 September 1938, from which date it also became unstaffed. There was once a short branch to a nearby army camp, which was opened during the second world war and stayed in place until 1959. The halt was closed to goods traffic on 10 June 1963 and completely on 7 March 1966.

Current Status

The station has remained in good condition since closure and is privately owned. The current owners have offered to sell the station to the Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust, if they can raise the £500,000 necessary to secure the site before 30 September 2013. After that date, the land could be sold to housing developers. The site includes all buildings, platforms and a good chunk of track-bed, in all 2 acres of land. Should the sale to the S&DRHT go through, the New S&D will take responsibility for restoring the station site.

You can contribute to this project by donating to the Masbury Railway Station Fund.

IMPORTANT - please respect the fact that this station is PRIVATE PROPERTY. Do not trespass as this could damage future relations with the owner.

Future Plans

Once the site has been secured, the New S&D will begin restoring the station. We aim to rebuild the missing signal-box, add new signage, and perhaps lay a few cosmetic panels of track. Once more of the track-bed has been purchased, we will work with the S&DRHT to restore track back towards Binegar, Chilcompton, and Midsomer Norton, with a view to operating occasional heritage steam services. Some 20 years-hence, we would like to be operating a full service between Bath and Bournemouth via this station.

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Masbury Station, with Up Express. View Southward, Towards Shepton Mallet, Evercreech Junction, Templecombe and Bournemouth West. it is a Summer Saturday, When the Difficult Somerset & Dorset Line From Bath to Bournemouth was Worked to Capacity with Holiday Trains. This is the 11.40 Bournemouth West to Cleethorpes, Here with Lms 4f 0-6-0 Piloting Southern Light Pacific No. 34041 'wilton'.

this Image From Http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2180927 is Licensed Under the Creative Commons Attribution-share Alike 2.0 Generic License. by Ben Brooksbank ( Http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/44502 ) Photo by Julian Jefferson (27 March 2007). © All Rights Reserved. Photo by Jeffery Grayer (early 1968). © All Rights Reserved. Photo by Jeffery Grayer (may 1968). © All Rights Reserved. Photo From the C L Caddy Collection, Courtesy of Jim Type (c1950). © All Rights Reserved.

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You can contribute to this project by donating to the Masbury Railway Station Fund.

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Page last updated: Monday, March 2, 2015