Thurstaston railway station

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Thurstaston
Platform and bridge, formerly Thurstaston Station (geograph 2866076).jpg
The site of Thurstaston station as it appears today, now part of a country park footpath. [1]
Location
Place Thurstaston
Area Wirral
Grid reference SJ238835
Operations
Pre-grouping Birkenhead Railway
Post-grouping
Platforms2
History
19 April 1886Opened
1 February 1954Closed to passengers
7 May 1962Closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Thurstaston railway station was a station on the single track Hooton to West Kirby branch of the Birkenhead Railway, on the Wirral Peninsula, England. The station served the village of Thurstaston situated to the north east. [2]

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History

The Birkenhead Railway, owned jointly by the Great Western Railway (GWR) and London and North Western Railway (LNWR), had initially opened a branch line from Hooton to Parkgate in 1866. An extension to West Kirby was completed twenty years later, including Thurstaston station which opened on 19 April 1886. [3] Station Road was constructed from land donated by local landowners Thomas Ismay and the Glegg family to provide access from the village to Thurstaston station. [4]

World War II

During the Second World War the line was used for the transportation of munitions. Heavy anti-aircraft gun emplacements were built on land to the west of the station, which have since been grassed over. [3]

Closure

Despite regular seasonal tourist use of the station, passenger numbers generally remained low. On 1 February 1954 the station was closed to passengers, although the line itself remained open to passenger trains for another two years. [5] The track continued to be used for freight transportation and driver training for another eight years, closing on 7 May 1962. The tracks were lifted two years later. [3] [4]

Wirral Country Park

The route became the Wirral Way footpath and part of Wirral Country Park in 1973, which was the first such designated site in Britain. [6] [7] Unlike most of the stations on the line, the two platforms are still in situ, though the southbound platform is largely obscured by undergrowth. The station buildings have been demolished. [3]

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References

  1. Christiansen, Rex (Autumn 1977), Gill, C. (ed.), "On the track of a country park", The Countryman
  2. Merseyside Railway History Group (1982), Scheele, R. (ed.), The Hooton to West Kirby branch line and the Wirral Way, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, ISBN   0-904582-04-3
  3. 1 2 3 4 Disused Stations: Thurstaston, Subterranea Britannica, retrieved 8 December 2007
  4. 1 2 Maund, T.B. (2000), The Birkenhead Railway, The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, pp. 43–44, 69, ISBN   0-901115-87-8
  5. "Time flies by". Heswall Magazine (2). October 2009. pp.8-9. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  6. Wirral Country Park, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, archived from the original on 30 October 2008, retrieved 21 November 2008
  7. Wirral Country Park, Visit Liverpool, retrieved 8 December 2007

Further reading

Commons-logo.svg Media related to Thurstaston railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Heswall   Birkenhead Railway
Hooton to West Kirby branch
  Caldy

Coordinates: 53°20′34″N3°08′43″W / 53.3427°N 3.1452°W / 53.3427; -3.1452