Mr. Beeching`s axe came down and closed the line.
This station and track were just a small part of massacre of Britain's railways in the mid 1960`s when 2,000+ stations and 5000 miles of track were removed. Luckily a lot of the stations like here at Bettisfield survived and become homes.
You can see the main building is there with an added extension in place of the brick flat roofed building on the right.
Also the platform not clear in the lower picture is still there. New windows in the main building and a conservatory make it a lovely place to live.
What I found when googling the station made me decide from a list of possibles to blog Bettisfield station.
Bettisfield station sits just inside the Welsh border and back in WWII was a link to military depots in Ellesmere and Oswstry. Bettisfield Park close to the station was in fact one such depot occupied by American forces. Troops arrived here by train from sea ports and stayed long enough to be trained for the second front in Europe.In 1944 allied forces landed in Europe and within days badly wounded American troops arrived back at Bettisfield on ambulance trains.
I would imagine a lot of other lines now defunct could tell a similar story. Born in 1948 WWII was to much part of my life. Dad was in the Royal Navy but would never talk about the war to me and he lived to 1998. Mum said he fought the Japanese but said very little to her other than his belief that if the Yanks hadn`t joined us things might have been a lot different. Well dad if you can read this blog from wherever you are, I am doing my bit to keep the U.S./UK partnership in tact.
The 2 views on the right show the old goods shed to the left now converted to flats(apartments) and apart from the house in the distance pretty much as it was all those years ago. I took the present day picture and just leaned on the bridge wall looking down imagining the trains stopping and perhaps a wagon or two shunted into the goods shed before the train moved on.
|A Scammell Scareb articulated(semi) in use by British Railways|
during the 1950`s and into the 1960`s
Anyway my feelings about the slow life in the 1950`s is probably why I love the canal life. We have been moored here for a few days and have no pressure to be anywhere at any time. Bliss.......