Dilton Marsh railway station

Dilton Marsh Railway Station

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Dilton Marsh railway station is a railway station serving the village of Dilton Marsh in Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom.

The station is located on the Wessex Main Line between Bristol Temple Meads and Southampton Central railway station north of Salisbury. First Great Western operate local services between Bristol and the South Coast which call at Dilton Marsh, the station is also operated by them.

History

The Great Western Railway opened “Dilton Marsh Halt” on 1 June 1937. The wooden platforms were long and were provided with small wooden shelters; the construction cost £1,134. Being a “halt” there were no staff to sell tickets, but a sign directed would-be passengers to the "7th house up the hill" where Mrs H. Roberts sold tickets from her home. She had sold tickets on a commission basis since 1947.

In 1969 the station was renamed as just “Dilton Marsh” platforms were reduced to the length of just one coach. British Rail tried to shut the station but was met by strong local opposition. The remaining platforms were now in very poor condition and so they were rebuilt in concrete, reopening after an eight-week closure on 1 May 1994.

Dilton Marsh Halt poem

The station was the subject of a well-loved poem "Dilton Marsh Halt" by the late British poet John Betjeman:

Was it worth keeping the Halt open,
We thought as we looked at the sky
Red through the spread of the cedar-tree,
With the...... ...
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