Berkshire news Lost Reading train station had to be rebuilt after a lightning strike PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Sadly, Reading Southern Station is no more

Berkshire news Lost Reading train station had to be rebuilt after a lightning strike PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Sadly, Reading Southern Station is no more

Berkshire news  Lost Reading train station had to be rebuilt after a lightning strike PremierLeague-News.Com
03 July 2022 - 05:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Rail passengers entering Reading do so via one of two stations: intercity services arrive at Reading Station, while local ones stop at Reading West. There were historically two stations serving the city, run by two rival companies, but both were on the site of the current Reading Station – and for a time, both were called simply “Reading”. The one which still stands was then operated by Great Western Railway, a firm which ran trains between London and the southwest of England, the West Midlands and most of Wales. FirstGroup revived this brand name in recent years, but the old company is defunct. The station it absorbed was operated by South Eastern Railway, which initially operated services between London and Dover but later branched out in all directions – including a long cross-country route from Redhill in Surrey to Reading in Berkshire that opened in 1849. Read more: Lost Reading trams that were pulled by horses and were town's first public transport network GWR had arrived nine years previously and established their station – SER operated out of a temporary station north of Forbury Road until 1855, when they moved to a permanent terminus, 275m west of the old one, at the corner of Blagrave Street and Station Road. This station also hosted the Staines, Wokingham and Woking Junction Railway, giving Reading residents a direct route to London Waterloo – that is, until a direct lightning strike on the station in 1859 caused a fire which burned it to the ground. A two-platform replacement station was built, extended to four platforms with the relocation of the locomotive shed in 1896. At that time there were just four trains a day between Reading and Redhill, in London. In 1923 SER merged with several other rail operators to form Southern Railway. By this time there were up to 22 services between Reading and London each day – a mix of steam-hauled and electrified services which would continue for a further half-century. There were three connecting stretches between the SER and GWR lines, so that goods trains could move between the two.

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. However, during the Second World War, 293 trains carrying evacuees from Dunkirk arrived at the station, many of whom then travelled onwards via the GWR route. After the war, the SER route operated only one train per day to London, plus its return journey. Upon nationalisation in 1948, the previously private company Southern Railway became the Southern Region of the government-owned British Railways. The SER station was renamed Reading South in 1949, while the GWR station became Reading General. In 1961 Reading South became Reading Southern, and was transferred to Western Region control under a common station manager. The government then spent a quarter-million pounds modernising and expanding Reading General, making Reading Southern obsolete. The former SER station was closed to passenger services in 1965, with all such trains diverted to Reading General. Reading Southern continued to handle freight trains until 1979, but only trains serving the Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory used it during its last decade. At that point the old station was demolished, becoming a car park for Reading General and then being absorbed into its former rival, when the concourse was extended in 1989. The history of Reading West is just as long and complicated, and thus perhaps best left until another time – two Reading Stations are enough for anyone to get their heads around in one reading. Read next More history news from BerkshireLive Slough railway station's stuffed dog that used to collect money and ride the rails The Windsor crooked house that looks like something from Disney that tourists love Quirky hotel on Berkshire Island King George III and his pet monkey were exiled to The old mobile phones we're still hanging on to - and why we miss using them Read More Related Articles Lost Reading railway line that is now a major road Read More Related Articles Lost Heathrow Airport railway station that lasted just 126 days

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