Sunday, 22 November 2015

Salisbury station 21 November 2015


158 880 Salisbury 21.11.2015

158 890 Salisbury 21.11.2015

158 798 Salisbury 21.11.2015

158 798 158 890 Salisbury 21.11.2015

159 022 Salisbury 21.11.2015

(All Salisbury station 21.11.2015 Copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

It's been nearly 15 years since I last visited Salisbury, but it was a big haunt of mine between 1975 and 1987, and that's how I remember it most vividly, with class 50s on the Waterloo-Exeter trains and class 33s on the Wales to Portsmouth or Brighton trains, with Hampshire units running from Salisbury down to Portsmouth, together with a few shorter workings on the main line from Waterloo, usually using class 33s.

Salisbury 33 038 14.4.1986

Salisbury 50 043 14.4.1986

Yesterday was a bitterly cold day. I was staying for a long weekend in Salisbury with family, and managed a brief escape to the station (which was about a minute from our apartment) whilst the rest went to the cathedral.

First shock was the barriers!! What on Earth are they thinking? Salisbury is classicly OPEN station, with people wandering between the outside world and the station, spending money in the shop and the cafe. Hopefully this will be just a temporary aberration. At the very least a station with barriers needs to offer PLATFORM TICKETS (not that I asked, but I think I already knew the answer). 

Luckily the car park runs alongside platform 1 and 2, which was where I'd always taken pics anyway. I went right to the end and stood on the rail barrier, which gave me enough elevation so the camera was above the fence. Still a pain though - and the REAL problem was the bitter cold, a real shock to the system after such a record-breakingly warm autumn, and half an hour was enough. Had the station still had open access no doubt I'd have spent a few quid in the buffet and then returned to the platform, but the short-sightedness of whoever is in charge has closed that particular pleasure and cash flow from non-travelling folk!

One last little image (not caught on camera) was when we walked into the city in the evening and a drift of diesel fumes wafted over the bridge at the south end of ther station, which gave a pretty good impression of the steam that ruled the station and the lines that served it up to the mid sixties.

More info (from Wikipedia)

Salisbury railway station is located in the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England, 83.75 miles (135 km) south-west of London Waterloo. It is operated by South West Trains (SWT) but also served by Great Western Railway (GWR). Salisbury is the crossing point of two routes: SWT's West of England Main Line between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids, and GWR's Wessex Main Line between Cardiff Central and Portsmouth Harbour/Brighton. In the past it was also served by trains to destinations such as IlfracombePadstow and Plymouth.

Railways in Salisbury


There have been three different railway stations in the city of Salisbury, built by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) from 1847 and the Great Western Railway (GWR) from 1856, as well as two further railway stations at Wilton, two and a half miles away.

London and South Western Railway

The original LSWR station

The new building of 1902
The LSWR opened their Milford station on the Eastern side of the city in 1 March 1847, with the opening of their branch line from Southampton to passenger traffic. For nearly a decade this was the only rail route to the city, until 30 June 1856 when the GWR opened their branch line from Westbury, and 1 May 1857 when the LSWR extended their main line from London to Andover.
On 2 May 1859 the LSWR opened a new station on the south side of the Great Western station, west of Fisherton Street, to coincide with the opening the first section of the Salisbury and Yeovil Railway was opened as an extension of the LSWR's line. As the two railways were built using different gauges through goods traffic had to be unloaded and transhipped in a transfer shed; a footbridge was opened in 1860 linking the two stations to allow passengers to change trains. The LSWR station had a single long platform served by trains in both directions and a second bay platform was provided at the London end.
In the 1870s the LSWR opened a second platform east of Fisherton Street for services towards London; it had an entrance from the street and was linked to the old platform by a subway. It too had another bay platform for trains to the East.
The LSWR station was again enlarged between 1899 and 1902 and the 1870s platform east of Fisherton Street could then be closed. Two new platforms serving three tracks were opened between the GWR platforms and the original LSWR one, reached by a subway from the LSWR's new station offices which were built on the west side of their original building of 1859.
In the early morning of 1 July 1906 an overnight boat train derailed in Salisbury station, killing 24 passengers and 4 railwaymen.

Great Western Railway

The former GWR station
The (GWR) opened their 7 ft (2,134 mmbroad gauge Salisbury branch line from Westbury on 30 June 1856. The terminus was on the north side of Salisbury on the west side of Fisherton Street. Isambard Kingdom Brunel provided a brick-built station with a wooden train shed to cover the tracks.
The GWR converted their line to 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge in 1874 and four years later a connecting line was laid between the two railways which allowed wagons to be shunted between the two stations. In 1896 a through service between Cardiff on the GWR and Portsmouth on the LSWR began operating over a junction line at Salisbury.
On 12 September 1932 the GWR's passenger trains were transferred to the LSWR station, and the two railways were in common ownership by British Railways from 1 January 1948. Brunel's passenger buildings now house the Salisbury Railway Social Club. In October 2008, English Heritage gave the station building Grade II listed status.[5]

Goods facilities

The former Salisbury Milford station was used as a goods station until it was closed in 1967 and demolished in 1968. Goods traffic was also handled in goods sheds at the west end of the station – north of the GWR station and south of the LSWR station – and also on the 460 yards (420 m) Market House branch from the east end of the LSWR station which opened in 1859. A new LSWR marshalling yard was opened on the site of the old platform east of Fisherton Street after it had closed in 1902, but the main LSWR goods depot was kept at the old Milford station until 1967. The former GWR station remained in use as a goods depot and was used until about 1991 as the base for British Rail's exhibition trains.

Motive power depots

An engine shed, water tower and turntable were erected on the Milford site from the January 1847 as the line was then open for freight traffic. A replacement engine shed was built by the LSWR at Fisherton Street in 1859. The GWR also built a small engine shed adjacent to their station in April 1858. This was demolished in 1899 to allow expansion of the LSWR station, and a replacement built on the north side of the line. This was closed by British Railways in 1950.
A large new and well equipped engine shed was opened by the LSWR on 12 January 1901. This remained in use until the end of steam in southern England on 9 July 1967. The shed lay derelict for some years before being demolished.
The sidings around the former GWR station were redeveloped in the 1960s as Salisbury TMD where South West Trains maintain their fleet of DMUs.


The approach road from the city is accessed from a road junction on the south side of the railway bridge across Fisherton Street, which leads into a one-way parking lot with 287 spaces. The large building on the right of this approach is the old LSWR buildings of 1859, which now houses the Salisbury signal panel. Immediately next door is the red brick building of 1902, now the main entrance where the ticket office and buffet are located.
The main platform adjacent to the entrance is platform 4 which is mainly used for trains towards Exeter and Cardiff, as is platform 3 opposite. This is one side of an island platform, the opposite side of which is platform 2 which is used by trains to London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour. Platform 5 is a bay platform at the west end which is no longer used by passenger trains, and terminal platform 6 is an eastwards extension of platform 4 and is predominantly used by local services to Southampton.
Beyond platform 2 is another disused platform, formerly platform 1. Behind this are the sidings of Salisbury TMD where the trains form the West of England Main Line are maintained. At the east end of this is an old water tank and the brick offices which once served the GWR station.
Alongside the station is Salisbury Depot, where South West Trains maintain their fleet of diesel multiple units.


South West Trains (left) and First Great Western (right) trains to Southampton
South West Trains operate frequent services from London Waterloo through Salisbury to Exeter St Davids, and from Salisbury to Chandlers Ford via Romsey and Southampton Central. There are also a few services from London Waterloo to Bristol Temple Meads.
Great Western Railway operate regular services between Cardiff CentralNewport, Bristol Temple Meads, Southampton Central, Portsmouth Harbour and Brighton
Preceding stationNational Rail National RailFollowing station
WarminsterGreat Western Railway
Wessex Main Line
or Terminus
South West Trains
West of England Main Line
or Andover
WarminsterSouth West Trains
Wessex Main Line
TerminusSouth West Trains
Wessex Main Line
Disused railways
TerminusSouthern Region
Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 1.437 million
2004/05Increase 1.560 million
2005/06Increase 1.603 million
2006/07Increase 1.621 million
2007/08Increase 1.681 million
2008/09Increase 1.757 million
2009/10Increase 1.758 million
2010/11Increase 1.824 million
2011/12Increase 1.873 million
2012/13Decrease 1.857 million
2013/14Increase 1.944 million

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