A dedicated history of one of the more neglected stations on the Great Western Railway.
Newbury West Fields Halt is no more. There is little left on the ground to show where this railway station once stood. It stood just west of the Berkshire town of Newbury and served commuters from the housing estates in the area. Some of the older residents can still remember the trains rattling through the station and over the bridge crossing the River Kennet.
In this book we learn when Newbury West Fields was built and why. The impact the station had on the surrounding area is explained and the type of freight and passengers that used the station are explained.
The book also takes a look at the building of the Lambourn Valley Railway (LVR) on which line this station stood.
In 1905 the LVR was taken over by the GWR and the entire branch line was upgraded and brought to GWR standards. The line remained open until 1964, but is now closed, the tracks lifted and the stations gone. How this station was affected is described.
This book is one of the Lambourn Valley Railway series that looks in detail at the stations along that now closed branch line. The Lambourn Valley Railway series is part of the Stations of the Great Western Railway collection published by Bretwalda Books
About the Author
Charles D’Arvelle is a railway enthusiast who has a particular fascination with closed branch lines. He has spent many happy hours tracing the locations of closed stations, abanoned sidings and lost railway tracks. He declares it is a great way to get out and explore the British countryside.