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Alton

Alton station opened in 1852 when the line from Alton to Guildford was opened by the L&SWR. Initially a terminus, the station became a through one when the line from Alton to Winchester Junction, just north of Winchester City station, was opened in 1865. Building was started by the Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway which changed its name to the Mid-Hants Railway in 1864. Services on the extension were worked from the start by the L&SWR which absorbed the line in 1880, with the MHR company being dissolved in 1881. Ownership passed to the Southern Railway and then to British Railways, who closed the line to Winchester in 1973, turning back the pages of history to leave Alton as a terminus once more. Following closure the line between Alton and Ropley and between Arlesford and Winchester Junction was lifted, with that between Ropley and Arlesord remaining in situ. Shortly after closure the Winchester and Alton Railway was formed with the intention of re-opening the line as a preserved railway. In 1977 the first part of the route, between Arlesford and Ropley, re-opened with eventual re-opening as far as Alton in 1985, making the station a through one once more. By then the W&AR had for long been the Mid-Hants Railway, with plans to re-open Alresford to Winchester Junction abandoned. The arrival at Alton allowed the MHR to commence occasional through running onto the National Network.
 
Alton Station Alton station building, which leads onto the up platform, and forecourt. This and the next photograph were taken in 1996.

photograph by Terry Nowell.

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The main station building seen from the platform side.

photograph by Terry Nowell.

Alton Station
 
Alton Station An unidentified 2 Bil sits in platform one whilst M7 class Nº30127 sits in platform two with a PushPull train for the Eastleigh and Southampton line.

photograph: Mike Morant collection.

 
Another M7 with PushPull train in platform two. This time it is Nº30051 and the tail lamp on the buffer beam shows that it is propelling its one coach train.

photograph: Mike Morant collection.

Alton Station

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