A History of Britain’s Railways
|Didcot, Newbury and
This line is closed.
The railway was also known as the "Desert
line" as it ran through largely unpopulated farming districts. (Dave
"Also, more hopefully, the 'Gold
Coast Line' for the frieght to the South Coast ports, also the colour
of much of the surrounding countryside at harvest time ..." (Mark
This line runs through the countryside between
Didcot and Winchester with the only Newbury as a major source of passenger traffic
Description of route
From Didcot to Winchester via Newbury. At Didcot
the junction faces north and the line runs south to Newbury round some curves.
At Newbury the line joins the Great
Western Railway route from London to Penzance at a west facing junction.
The line then used the Great
Western Railway tracks until reaching the west of Newbury station where
it branched off south from an east facing junction. The line runs south, passing
under the London
and South Western Railway to Salisbury at Whitchurch and runs on to cross
over the London
and South Western Railway line north of Winchester. The line had its own
station at Winchester Chesil on a section of line to the east and parallel to
and South Western Railway line which it joined to the north of Shawford
at a south facing junction.
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