Exactly 60 years ago today, on March 5th 1960 the railway through Whitchurch between Winchester and Newbury was closed to passenger trains
The railway is still feature of the town – or at least its embankments are, while the Whitchurch Town Station is now a private residence in Wells Lane.
There are a few remnants of fencing and gateposts along the line, while a plaque was placed on the Bloswood Lane bridge as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The full line was the DN&SR (Didcot Newbury and Southampton Railway) and ran up from Southampton through Winchester, Whitchurch, Newbury and Didcot to join with lines to the Midlands and beyond.
Many still miss it and have memories of travelling on the services while a small railway group of enthusiasts work hard to try and have it reinstated.
One day it may once again be possible to travel by train to Winchester or Newbury. We can but hope.