SALES BOOM - Wishford Station, Stations of the GWR
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Wishford Station stood in Wiltshire on the main line from Salisbury to
Bristol. For many years it was a thriving village station handling
freight, passengers and livestock, but it closed in 1955 and is now no
In this book local resident Terry Waldron looks in detail
at the history of Wishford Station. He traces the building of the line,
the construction of the station and the gradual expansion as the line
was doubled, the station enlarged and facilities improved. He looks at
the staff who worked here, the locomotives and rolling stock. The book
also covers the reasons for the decline in business and the eventual
decision to close the station.
This book started from a comment
in the Great Wishford village website where they were looking for when
the station opened and closed. As with the previous research the intent
was to get back to source documentation rather than to re-write what
others had done and by doing this much new information has been found,
some from talking to local people but mostly from records offices and
libraries. In addition to the book he is in the process of building an N
Gauge model of the railway with an intent to run scale length trains
(where practical) and to a timetable based around the 1947 to 1951
This book is one of the Stations of the Great Western
Railway series of books produced by Bretwalda that looks in detail at
the stations of that great British railway company.
About the Author
Waldron was born in the small Wiltshire village of Minety in 1948 and
like many children of that era had the obligatory Hornby train set.
many boys of that time he wanted to work on the railway, preferably as a
train driver, this was not to be so as steam was in its decline as was
the works at Swindon. He almost always had some form of train set or
model railway, even though this was not avidly pursued during the early
years of marriage. But this was further pursued in modelling in O Gauge
for many years.
His first ventures into research was to assist Paul Burkhalter for his book on Devonport Dockyard Railway.
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