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 Post subject: Closed railways mentioned in Girlsown books
PostPosted: 03 Jun 2017, 01:16 
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Of course a very huge number of school stories and other GO books involve travel by train. In School under Snowdon (Mabel Esther Allan) there is mention of a train continuing to Birkenhead from Chester (where they change on the return to school), a route which was shut by Beeching. In I Wrote a Pony Book, the protagonist Alison catches a London-bound train from Melrose station (though she is going back to school in the East Midlands). That was on the southern half of the Carlisle-Edinburgh Waverley line, which you probably know has (sofar at least) only been rebuilt in it's northern half.

Can you think of other GO books (or books in general I guess) which explicitly mention or seem to mention lines or stations that no longer exist? A lot of lines in Wales were shut, but Carnbach didn't actually have a station did it?

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 Post subject: Re: Closed railways mentioned in Girlsown books
PostPosted: 03 Jun 2017, 10:42 
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I'll have to think about that one! Meanwhile, for anyone else whose memory needs jogging on this one (as mine does), info on closed UK stations here (stations listed in alphabetical sections at the foot of the page).


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Carnbach is never mentioned as having a station. the girls get the train to Swansea and then go on by coach. this may be because there was no station there, or it may have been the inconvinient timing (and possibly multiple changes) of a small branch line.

I think in the Carnbach days the girls arrived in two or three groups at different times, so there may not have been enough in any one group to justify asking for a 'school train', and if the station was the other side of town to the ferry, it would have caused more complications than it was worth.

Of course, there may not have been a station in the first place, though I suspect there probably was.

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I expect it was tiny and called "Carnbach Halt" :)

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Two I can think of are Wetheral (in Cumbria on the line from Carlisle to Newcastle-upon Tyne) and Keswick.

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I grew up on the Wirral. Although the line you mentioned was closed in the Beeching cuts, Katharine, it was still possible to travel from Chester to Birkenhead by train - several of the boys at my school in Birkenhead did so every day. There is a line up the western side of the Wirral, via Neston, Heswall and West Kirby, and as far as I remember, one on the eastern side from Rock Ferry. The closed line became the Wirral Country Park. I remember the 15-year-old Gottfried walking along it, complaining that it wasn't a country park at all, it was a disused railway line! That was in about 1970 though, so it might have improved by now.


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