Crowcombe Heathfield Railway Station - History


Crowcombe Heathfield station was first opened on 31 March 1862 when the West Somerset Railway was opened from Norton Junction to Watchet. The railway was operated by the Bristol and Exeter Railway which became a part of the Great Western Railway in 1876, but the West Somerset Railway remained an independent company until 1922 when it too was absorbed by the Great Western. Nationalisation in 1948 saw it become a part of the Western Region of British Railways.

When the station first opened there was just one platform, on the east side of the line, but aloop line and second platform were opened in 1879. On 1 December 1889 the station was renamed as plain “Crowcombe” to avoid confusion with Heathfield (Devon) on the Moretonhampstead branch in Devon. The loop was extended in 1934 to cope with long holiday trains running to Minehead but British Rail closed the railway on 4 January 1971.

The station reopened on 9 June 1979; the West Somerset Railway was now a heritage railway operating steam and diesel trains from Minehead to and Bishops Lydeard. It was still known as Crowcombe for a while but the name was returned to Crowcombe Heathfield in 1991. Only a single line was operated through the station until May 1994 when the loop was reinstated.

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