Bledlow

Station building in 2005

Location

Place
Bledlow

Area
Wycombe district

Grid reference
SP775038

Operations

Original company
Wycombe Railway

Pre-grouping
Great Western Railway

Post-grouping
Great Western Railway
Western Region of British Railways

Platforms
1

History

1 August 1862[1]
Opened

7 January 1963[2]
Closed

October 1991[3]
Line closed

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Bledlow railway station was an intermediate station on the Wycombe Railway which served the Buckinghamshire village of Bledlow from 1862 to 1963. It was one of two stations to serve the village, the other being Bledlow Bridge Halt on the Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway, which was 0.75 miles (1.21 km) to the south and closer to the village. The possibility of reopening the line through Bledlow, which is now part of a long-distance footpath, has been explored by Chiltern Railways, the franchise holder for the Chiltern Main Line which runs through Princes Risborough.

Contents

1 History
2 Routes
3 Present day
4 References
5 Sources
6 External links

History[edit]

Great Western Railway cast iron station sign preserved at Didcot Railway Centre

Parliamentary authority to extend the Wycombe Railway’s single track line beyond Princes Risborough to Oxford was given on 28 June 1861.[4] Thame was reached by 31 July 1862 and a regular service from Paddington via Maidenhead began the next day. Four daily trains each way (one on Sundays) called at Thame, Bledlow, Princes Risborough, West Wycombe, High Wycombe and Maidenhead.[5] Bledlow station was west of a level crossing on Sandpit Lane, 1 mile (1.6 km) from the village from which it took its name. A two-storey brick station building was built at Bledlow at a cost of £1,003-13s-6d.[6] It included a booking office and accommodation for the station master.
A 15 feet (4.6 m) by 12 feet (3.7 m) signal box with a 16-lever frame controlled traffic over the level crossing was next to the main station building. Electric train staff instruments were installed on the line to Thame in the 1890s.[7] Consequently, Bledlow box ceased to signal trains in 1902, but it remained in use to operate the crossing gates.[8]
A single siding equipped with a 2-ton yard crane handled goods traffic which consisted of watercress and English elm boles for trawling nets made
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Bledlow railway station