| Tisbury, Wiltshire
|South Western Railway
|DfT category E
|Salisbury and Yeovil Railway
|London and South Western Railway
|New loop opened
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road
Tisbury railway station serves the village of Tisbury in Wiltshire,England. It is currently managed by South Western Railway and is on the West of England Main Line,96 miles 14 chains (154.8 km) down the line from London Waterloo.
The Salisbury and Yeovil Railway (S&YR) opened Tisbury railway station with the first section of its line,from Salisbury to Gillingham,on 2 May 1859.At first only passengers were catered for,but goods traffic started on 1 September 1860. The main goods yard and warehouse was on the north side of the line at the west end of the station,but some sidings were also added on the opposite side of the line. Initially the railway had just a single track but a passing loop and two platforms were provided at Tisbury. The whole line was double track by 1870 and a signal box was opened here in 1875.
The S&YR never operated any trains,instead they were provided by the London and South Western Railway,which bought out the S&YR in 1878. In 1923 this became part of the Southern Railway,which in turn was nationalised in 1948 to become the Southern Region of British Railways. During all this time there were only incremental changes at Tisbury,but this was to change from 1963. In that year the line was transferred to the Western Region,and the Reshaping of British Railways report was published. The smaller stations were soon closed,and most trains only ran as far as Exeter St Davids,instead of continuing to places such as Ilfracombe,Plymouth and Padstow. Goods traffic was stopped from 18 April 1966 and on 5 February 1967 the signal box was closed,despite having only been opened to replace the original on 12 October 1958. The line was reduced to just a single track on 1 April 1967 and the southern platform sold off to the agricultural suppliers next door.The old station offices still stand,as does the disused signal box which is at the west end of the platform.
The 19-mile (31 km) single-track section from Wilton to Gillingham proved to be too long,and so a loop was reinstated mid-way at Tisbury on 24 March 1986. As the second platform had been sold off,the new £435,000 loop was installed to the east of the station. This means that trains have to wait outside the station when passing;the loop is controlled from Salisbury signal box and is signalled so that trains can run in either direction on each line. A failed (in June 2023) planning application for the development of land once occupied by the second platform and an industrial estate was to include provision for improvements to the station,with land adjacent to the line being safeguarded.
| London and South Western Railway
London Waterloo to Devon and Cornwall
South Western Railway operate hourly throughout most of the week between Exeter St Davids,Tisbury,Salisbury and London Waterloo station,although extra trains run in peak hours. Trains are timetabled to pass in the loop to the east of the station.Due to the short platform,passengers wishing to alight need to be in the front 3 coaches of the train as the platform can only take 3-car trains.
| South Western Railway
West of England Main Line
Yeovil Junction railway station is the busier,but less central,of two railway stations serving the town of Yeovil in England. The station is 2 miles (3.2 km) outside the town,in the village of Stoford. Although Yeovil is in Somerset,the station was in Dorset until 1991. It is 122 miles 48 chains (197.3 km) down the line from London Waterloo.
The West of England line is a British railway line from Basingstoke,Hampshire,to Exeter St Davids in Devon,England. Passenger services run between London Waterloo station and Exeter;the line intersects with the Wessex Main Line at Salisbury. Despite its historic title,it is not today's principal route from London to the West of England:Exeter and everywhere further west are reached more quickly from London Paddington via the Reading–Taunton line.
Exeter St Davids is the principal railway station serving the city of Exeter in Devon,England. It is 193 miles 72 chains from the zero point at London Paddington on the line through Bristol which continues to Plymouth and Penzance. It is also served by an alternative route to London Waterloo via Salisbury and branch lines to Exmouth,Barnstaple,and Okehampton. It is currently managed by Great Western Railway and is served by trains operated by Great Western Railway,South Western Railway and CrossCountry.
Gillingham railway station is in Gillingham,Dorset,England. It is on the West of England Main Line,105 miles 23 chains (169.4 km) down the line from London Waterloo. Today it is managed by South Western Railway. The main offices,designed by Sir William Tite,stand on the north side of the line.
Exeter Central railway station is the most central of the stations in the city of Exeter,Devon,United Kingdom. It is 171 miles 30 chains (275.8 km) down the line from London Waterloo. The station is smaller than Exeter St Davids on the west side of the city. Great Western Railway manages the station and operates most services,with South Western Railway providing the rest.
Pinhoe railway station is on the eastern edge of the city of Exeter in Devon,England,that serves the village of Pinhoe. It was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1871 but is now operated by South Western Railway which provides services on the West of England Main Line. It is 168 miles 44 chains (271.3 km) down the line from London Waterloo.
Whimple railway station serves the village of Whimple in east Devon,England. It is operated by South Western Railway which provides services on the West of England Main Line. It is 163 miles 2 chains (262.4 km) down the line from London Waterloo.
Feniton railway station serves the village of Feniton in Devon,England. It was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1860 but is now operated by South Western Railway which provides services on the West of England Main Line. It is 159 miles 24 chains (256.4 km) down the line from London Waterloo.
Honiton railway station serves the town of Honiton in east Devon,England. It is operated by South Western Railway and is 154 miles 60 chains (249.0 km) down the line from London Waterloo,on the West of England Line.
Axminster railway station serves the town of Axminster in Devon,England. It is operated by South Western Railway and is situated on the West of England Main Line. It is 144 miles 41 chains (232.6 km) down the line from London Waterloo.
Crewkerne railway station is located in Misterton in Somerset,England,and serves the area around the town of Crewkerne. It is 131 miles 33 chains (211.5 km) from London Waterloo on the West of England Main Line to Exeter. The main building is listed Grade II and is surrounded by several other old railway buildings.
Sherborne railway station serves the town of Sherborne in Dorset,England. It is situated on the West of England Main Line,118 miles 4 chains (190.0 km) down the line from London Waterloo and is currently operated by South Western Railway.
Templecombe railway station serves the town of Templecombe in Somerset,England. It is situated on the West of England Main Line,112 miles 2 chains (180.3 km) down the line from London Waterloo. The main station opened in 1860 but a smaller station on the lower line opened in 1862. It was closed in 1966 but was reopened in 1983 following local community pressure. It is currently operated by South Western Railway.
Salisbury railway station serves the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire,England. It is 83 miles 43 chains (134.4 km) from London Waterloo on the West of England line to Exeter St Davids. This is crossed by the Wessex Main Line from Bristol Temple Meads to Southampton Central. The station is operated and served by South Western Railway (SWR),and is also served by Great Western Railway (GWR).
Kings Nympton railway station,also spelt King's Nympton,is a halt on the Tarka Line in North Devon,serving the civil parishes of Chulmleigh,Burrington and King's Nympton. The station is located at Fortescue Cross,a road junction on the A377,around 2+1⁄2 miles (4 km) from its namesake village. It is 26 miles 21 chains (42.3 km) from Exeter Central at milepost 197.75 from London Waterloo. The station and all trains are operated by Great Western Railway (GWR).
Paignton railway station serves the town and seaside resort of Paignton in Devon,England. It is 222 miles 12 chains (358 km) from London Paddington,via Box. It opened in 1859 and is now the terminus of Riviera Line services from Exeter and heritage services on the Dartmouth Steam Railway from Kingswear.
Wilton South railway station is a disused railway station which served Wilton in Wiltshire,England,on the West of England line from London Waterloo to Exeter.
Chard Junction railway station was situated on the London and South Western Railway’s West of England Main Line about 1 mile (1.6 km) southeast of the village of Tatworth in Somerset,England. It was the junction of a short branch line to Chard. It was opened in 1860 as Chard Road,and closed in 1966. An adjacent milk depot was served by its own sidings from 1937 to 1980. Chard Junction signal box remained open to control Station Road level crossing and a passing loop on the long section of single track railway between Yeovil Junction and Pinhoe until March 2021,when control was passed to Basingstoke.
The Salisbury and Yeovil Railway linked Salisbury (Wiltshire),Gillingham (Dorset) and Yeovil (Somerset) in England. Opened in stages in 1859 and 1860,it formed a bridge route between the main London and South Western Railway (LSWR) network and its lines in Devon and Cornwall. Its trains were operated by the LSWR and it was sold to that company in 1878. Apart from a short section in Yeovil it remains open and carries the London Waterloo to Exeter service of South Western Railway.
Dinton railway station is a disused railway station which formerly served Dinton in Wiltshire,England. It was situated on the West of England Main Line from London Waterloo station to Exeter. It was opened in 1859 and closed to passengers in 1966 and to general goods traffic in 1967. In the First World War,it was the junction for the Fovant Military Railway. The station was about ½mile from the centre of the village.