Upwey (Dorset) railway station
|Local authority||Borough of Weymouth and Portland|
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|Managed by||South West Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Great Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|19 April 1886||Opened as Upwey Junction|
|1952||Abbotsbury branch closed|
|1 December 1952||Renamed Upwey and Broadwey|
|12 May 1980||Renamed Upwey|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Upwey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Upwey railway station is a railway station serving the urban areas of Broadwey, Upwey and Littlemoor which are northern suburbs of Weymouth, England. The station is situated on both the London Waterloo-Weymouth and the Bristol-Weymouth routes and is often used by passengers to change between the two.
The first station near this location, simply named Upwey, was opened in 1871 by the Great Western Railway (GWR). On 19 April 1886 that station was replaced by the current station, then named Upwey Junction, a railway junction that opened south of the original station to provide access to the single track Abbotsbury branch. The branch was absorbed into the GWR and survived for 66 years before closure under British Railways in 1952. On the closure of the branch Upwey Junction was renamed Upwey and Broadwey on 1 December 1952, and took its current name, Upwey, on 12 May 1980.
During the Network SouthEast era, the station was refurbished with the trademark red lighting poles, station benches and monitor screens for train arrivals. Rubble from the rebuilt Weymouth station was used to fill in the former Abbotsbury platform for use as a car park. This was done in time for the extension of electrification from Bournemouth to Weymouth in 1988.
Two further stations had Upwey in their name. To the north of Upwey Junction existed a halt called Upwey Wishing Well Halt, while around the bend on the Abbotsbury branch was a station which had originally been called Broadwey. However its name was changed to Upwey as it kept being confused with Broadway, Worcestershire, also on the Great Western Railway.
Thomas Hardy wrote a poem At the Railway Station, Upway, about waiting for a train at a country station. In the days of steam, a favourite excursion was from Weymouth to Upwey, and then on to tea at the Upwey Wishing Well by charabanc.
|Preceding station||Historical railways||Following station|
|Broadwey||Great Western Railway
|Upwey Wishing Well Halt||Great Western Railway
|London and South Western Railway
Great Western Railway operate services between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth via Bath Spa, Westbury and Yeovil Pen Mill. Some services originate from Westbury, with passengers having to change to reach Bristol. Services are operated by Class 150, Class 153 or Class 158 diesel multiple units. In past years on summer Saturdays, Class 31 locomotives and Mk.2 coaching stock have been hired from FM Rail to cater for extra passengers and holiday makers, but the demise of the charter company has seen this operation cease, at least for the time being.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Dorchester South||South West Trains
|Dorchester West||Great Western Railway
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- Brian L. Jackson (1989). The Abbotsbury Branch. Wild Swan Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-906867-80-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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