Thorington railway station

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Thorington
Location
Place Thorrington
Area Tendring, Essex
Coordinates 51°50′58″N1°02′12″E / 51.8495°N 1.0367°E / 51.8495; 1.0367 Coordinates: 51°50′58″N1°02′12″E / 51.8495°N 1.0367°E / 51.8495; 1.0367
Grid reference TM092211
Operations
Original company Tendring Hundred Extension Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms2
History
8 January 1866 (1866-01-08)opened
4 November 1957 (1957-11-04)closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

Thorington railway station (also Thorrington railway station) was a station in Thorrington, Essex on the line (now called the Sunshine Coast Line) from Colchester to Walton on the Naze and Clacton, opened in 1866 and closed in 1957. The station was situated in between Alresford and Great Bentley. [1] It was closed due to its close proximity to the much busier station at Great Bentley, just half a mile down the track.

Thorrington village and civil parish in Essex, UK

Thorrington is a village and civil parish in the Tendring district of Essex, England. It lies 3 miles (5 km) east of Wivenhoe and 1.9 miles (3 km) north of Brightlingsea. The striking medieval flint church is dedicated to Mary Magdalene, and the patrons of the church are St John's College, Cambridge.

Essex County of England

Essex is a county in the south-east of England, north-east of London. One of the home counties, it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. For government statistical purposes Essex is placed in the East of England region.

Sunshine Coast Line

The Sunshine Coast Line is the current marketing name of what originally was the Tendring Hundred Railway Line, a branch off the Great Eastern Main Line in the East of England. It links Colchester to the seaside resorts of Clacton-on-Sea and, via a branch, Walton-on-the-Naze. The line is part of the Network Rail Strategic Route 7, SRS 07.08, and is classified as a London & South East commuter line. Passenger services on the line are currently operated by Greater Anglia.

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History

In 1859 the Tendring Hundred Railway Company was formed to extend the line from Hythe to Wivenhoe which opened on 8 May 1863 for both passenger and goods services from Colchester. By the time the Wivenhoe extension opened the line was operated by the GER Great Eastern Railway who bought the line from the Tendring Hunded Railway in 1883.

Wivenhoe town in north eastern Essex, England, United Kingdom

Wivenhoe is a town and civil parish in north eastern Essex, England, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) south east of Colchester. Historically Wivenhoe village, on the banks of the River Colne, and Wivenhoe Cross, on the higher ground to the north, were two separate settlements but with considerable development in the 19th century the two have merged.

Great Eastern Railway pre-grouping British railway company

The Great Eastern Railway (GER) was a pre-grouping British railway company, whose main line linked London Liverpool Street to Norwich and which had other lines through East Anglia. The company was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923.

Thorington station was opened as part of the Tendring Hundred Extension Railway on 8 January 1866. [2]

Initially the station was served by a single track but the line was doubled between Great Bentley and Thorpe-le-Soken by the Great Eastern Railway in 1891. The Wivenhoe to Great Bentley section was doubled in 1898. [3]

Operation of the station passed to the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923.

In 1948 the station became part of the Eastern Region of British Railways.

The 1955 modernisation plan proposed the electrification of the line through Thorington but unfortunately the station closed on 4 November 1957, [2] and was the only station on the Colchester to Clacton Line to close.

Electrification is the process of powering by electricity and, in many contexts, the introduction of such power by changing over from an earlier power source. The broad meaning of the term, such as in the history of technology, economic history, and economic development, usually applies to a region or national economy. Broadly speaking, electrification was the build-out of the electricity generation and electric power distribution systems that occurred in Britain, the United States, and other now-developed countries from the mid-1880s until around 1950 and is still in progress in rural areas in some developing countries. This included the transition in manufacturing from line shaft and belt drive using steam engines and water power to electric motors.

In 2002, there was an unsuccessful campaign to re-open the station. [4]

Route

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Alresford
Line and station open
  Great Eastern Railway
Tendring Hundred Extension Railway
  Great Bentley
Line and station open

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Alresford railway station (Essex)

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Great Bentley railway station

Great Bentley railway station is on the Sunshine Coast Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line, in the East of England, serving the village of Great Bentley as well as the nearby settlements of Brightlingsea, Frating, Thorrington and St Osyth. It is 60 miles 66 chains (97.9 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Alresford to the west and Weeley to the east. Its three-letter station code is GRB.

Wivenhoe railway station

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Colchester railway station railway station in Colchester, Essex, England

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Colchester Town railway station

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Hythe railway station (Essex)

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Thorpe-le-Soken railway station

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Clacton-on-Sea railway station

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Kirby Cross railway station

Kirby Cross railway station is on the Walton branch of the Sunshine Coast Line in the East of England, serving the village of Kirby Cross, Essex. It is 67 miles 55 chains (108.9 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Thorpe-le-Soken to the west and Frinton-on-Sea to the east. Its three-letter station code is KBX.

Frinton-on-Sea railway station

Frinton-on-Sea railway station is on the Walton branch of the Sunshine Coast Line in the East of England, serving the seaside town of Frinton-on-Sea, Essex. It is 68 miles 66 chains (110.8 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Kirby Cross to the west and Walton-on-the-Naze to the east. Its three-letter station code is FRI.

Walton-on-the-Naze railway station

Walton-on-the-Naze railway station is one of the two eastern termini of the Sunshine Coast Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line, in the East of England. It serves the seaside town of Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. It is 70 miles 15 chains (113.0 km) down the line from London Liverpool Street. Its three-letter station code is WON. The preceding station on the line is Frinton-on-Sea.

Brightlingsea railway station Former railway station in Essex, England

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