There has been a railway station at Blechynden since 1850 when the Southampton - Dorchester Line was opened. Originally called Blechynden Station, it was situated slightly further east than the present station. It became Southampton West End in 1858, then Southampton West, and finally Southampton Central in 1935. The station buildings have been rebuilt several times, notably in the 1890s, 1930s and 1960s. The current buildings date from two separate eras: the south-side buildings are typical 1930s Southern Railway architectural style; the north-side buildings date from the post-war rebuilding of the 1960s.

Southampton West Station

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The Commercial Road side of the station in the early 20th century.

see also

Further reading:
Southampton’s Railways, by Bert Moody. (HS/pk)


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