Menheniot railway station

Menheniot railway station serves the village of Menheniot in Cornwall, England. It is 262 miles (422 km) from London Paddington via Bristol Temple Meads.

Menheniot
Location
PlaceMenheniot
Local authorityCornwall
Coordinates50.427°N 4.410°W / 50.427; -4.410
Grid referenceSX289612
Operations
Station codeMEN
Managed byGreat Western Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14 4,064
2014/15 4,128
2015/16 5,096
2016/17 5,858
2017/18 4,140
History
Original companyCornwall Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Western Railway
Post-groupingGreat Western Railway
Opened1859
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Menheniot from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station is managed by Great Western Railway, whose local trains serve the station.

History

The station opened with the Cornwall Railway on 4 May 1859.[1] It was described at the time as "of small extent, consisting of a departure station, a stone building, having a projecting roof thrown over the platform for the protection of passengers. At the 'arrival' side of the line a stone erection, with a covered seat, has been provided, but no enclosed room".[2] The following year saw two cottages built for the use of the railway staff working here. The "stone erection" is still in existence, used as a waiting shelter.[3]

The Cornwall Railway was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway on 1 July 1889. The Great Western Railway was nationalised into British Railways from 1 January 1948 which was privatised in the 1990s. Under British railways the staff were removed from the station and the station is now only served on request.[4]

Accidents

December 1873

On 2 December 1873 two goods trains arrived at the station where they could pass each other before resuming their journey on the single tracks towards St Germans and Liskeard. The crossing loop was not at that time equipped with starting signals. The train for the latter had a clear line and so the signalman called out "All right Dick," to the guard. Unfortunately the guard for the other train was also called Dick and so told his driver to start, but the line was not clear as another train was already on the way down from St Germans.

The accident illustrated the need for starting signals, block working, and some interlocking between the starting signals and the block instruments.[3]

February 1897

An accident occurred on 9 February 1897 during the reconstruction of Coldrennick Viaduct, which is situated just outside the station. A gang of 17 workmen were suspended below the viaduct on a platform when it broke away, throwing 12 of the men 140 feet to their deaths. Two of the gangers were criticised for not fixing safety chains and using poor quality wood for the platforms.[5]

November 1897

Another accident happened on 15 November 1897 during the reconstruction of nearby Treviddo Viaduct. On this occasion a rope gave way while five men were hoisting a wooden beam up onto the new viaduct. One of them let go of his rope too soon, this meant that the wood swung free and knocked two of the gang to their deaths.[5]

Services

Menheniot is served by a limited number of the Great Western Railway trains on the Cornish Main Line between Penzance and Plymouth, mainly at peak periods. It is only served on request which means that people wishing to alight need to inform the guard, and those wishing to join the train here need to signal clearly to the driver.[4]

There is no Sunday service.

Preceding station National Rail Following station
St Germans   Great Western Railway
Cornish Main Line
  Liskeard

References

  1. MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway, volume II 1863-1921. London: Great Western Railway.
  2. West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, 1859 (Railway Special Edition)
  3. Bennett, Alan (1990). The Great Western Railway in East Cornwall. Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing. ISBN 1-870754-11-5.
  4. GB eNRT, May 2017 Edition, Table 135
  5. Holgate, Mike (2006). Murder and Mystery on the Great Western Railway. Tiverton: Halsgrove. ISBN 1-84114-556-4.
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