In contrast to my previous post on the elaborate and beautiful Gare du Nord in Paris… This is the very simple, and derelict, Ashdon Halt.
Situated on the Great Eastern Railway Audley End to Batlow line, Ashdon Halt was opened in 1911.
Ashdon Halt got a major upgrade in 1916 when the GER added an old carriage body to act as a waiting room. Remarkably, the carriage is still there 100 years later (these photos are from July 2016).
The platform was built of earth, topped with clinker and edged with sleepers. The sleeper edging was very characteristic on many of the local GER stations, including Thaxted.
If you are interested in some historical photos of Ashdon Halt, visit the Disused Stations website.
Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
I’m suprised that the coach body hasn’t been removed and restored. I found a couple of NSR 4 wheel coach bodies whilst canoeing on Rudyard Lake, word of my find got back to the Foxfield Railway and they were saved, along with some other NSR relics nearby. I thought that those bodies, once used as holiday chalets, were too far gone to be saved as they comprised of bits of walls and a rotten floor but its quite amazing what a dedicated team can save.
There’s photos on my blog: http://paulthehalfwit.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/grounded-van-bodies-6.html
Those wagon bodies were in a worse state that this coach body!
If you know anyone who might be interested please let them know it exists…
All the best