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Written by mark-scott on Friday, 6th January 2006
Seeing the photo of the station in 1985 briught back a strange memory of my first year of School. We were having a class discussion about trains and I vividly recall a leaflet that was printed and distributed in the area at that time to promote the re-opening. (strange as I was only 5 at the time!!!)
Also, I notice that the track was dual running in 1985, when was the upstream track removed?
Re: 1985 Reopening - 109/237
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 7th January 2006
I understand that the line was singled in late February 1967, with the remainining track in use at what had been the Chippenham-bound platform. At some point not too long thereafter, the track against the Trowbridge-bound platform was removed.
Some 1985, only the Trowbridge bound platform remained with the track some way from it, so just before the station re-opened, a fresh track was laid against that platform and connected in by slewing over the tracks on the station approach to join it. The rails you see on re-opening picture is that track that was taken out of service a couple of weeks prior and hadn't yet been lifted.
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