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REALLY SideTracked - Farlington Halt Station
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I have lived near this location for 22 years now in the nearby estate and only just found out its fascinating history. Please beware of muggles and passing cars, parking is available on the side of the road just north of the cache. Please DO NOT park on the double yellow lines near the bend in the road (thank you)
Farlington Halt railway station is a disused station between Bedhampton and Hilsea on the Portsmouth Direct Line. The station was originally built to serve Portsmouth Park racecourse, opening as Farlington Race Course on 26 June 1891.On 23 July 1894, it was the scene of an accident when a brake van next to the engine hauling the 6.35pm from Havant derailed and the first two coaches overturned. The guard on the train was killed and seven passengers were injured, one of whom seriously. The racecourse was closed during World War One, but the station was retained to serve the ammunition dump put in its place. The station closed in 1917. Re-opened in 1922 until 1927, it was used to serve the industrial estate situated that developed in the Railway Triangle (although the industrial park on the triangle was not built until the 80's?!) Under the Southern Railway, it re-opened as a general public halt in 1928 named Farlington Halt however, this was short-lived as the station closed due to insufficient customers on 4 July 1937. The road next to the old site still retains the name Station Road and a footbridge over the railway to the industrial estate was in use for many years, but is now behind fences. When Eastern Road was built during World War II, piles were driven through the platforms, rendering it unusable thereafter. It can still be seen by passengers in trains, passing through the station.
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