West Bay, Dorset railway station

West Bay, Dorset railway station

Infobox UK disused station
name = Bridport West Bay
gridref = SY465904

caption = Former railway station
manager = Bridport Railway
owner = GWR
Western Region of British Railways
locale = Bridport
borough = West Dorset
platforms = ?
years = 31 March 1884
events = Opened
years1 = 1 January 1916
events1 = Closed
years2 = 5 January 1920
events2 = Reopened
years3 = 11 April 1921
events3 = Closed
years4 = 11 July 1921
events4 = Reopened
years5 = 22 September 1924
events5 = Closed
years6 = 6 October 1924
events6 = Reopened
years7 = 22 September 1930
events7 = Closed

Bridport (West Bay) was the terminus of the Bridport Railway in the west of the English county of Dorset. Opened on 31 March 1884, it is sited in the centre of the area known as Bridport Harbour. The station was called West Bay, though, as the traffic through the harbour had fallen off and the GWR wanted to encourage the development of a resort town around the station. Closed during the First World War and again briefly in 1920, the station closed to passengers with the extension on 22 September 1930 when the GWR gave up on hopes of this ever happening.

Goods trains continued to use the site until 1962.

Operated by the Great Western Railway, it was placed in the Western Region when the railways were nationalised in 1948.

The Site Today

After many years as the office of a boat yard the station is now restored with a short length of track at the platform. An information office occupies the building. [http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/b/bridport_west_bay/index.shtml]


Further reading

*cite book|author=R.V.J.Butt, |title= The Directory of Railway Stations |publisher=Patrick Stephens Ltd |year=1995 ISBN 1 85260 508 1

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