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Cheltenham South & Leckhampton

Managed by: Philip Bird
Gauge: Finescale 00 – 1:76
Region: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Exhibition Ready: Yes


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Cheltenham Leckhampton Station was opened in 1881 with single line track as part of the Banbury and Cheltenham Railway. It was originally named Leckhampton and the line was doubled in 1902. Services of the Midland and South Western Junction Railway also used the station as it was permitted to use the line from Andoversford to Cheltenham. The station closed to passengers and goods in 1962.

It was sited in a cutting to the east of the road to Birdlip (B4070) with the road crossing North to South via a bridge, which still exists. The station building was a typical GWR brick suburban building on the up (northern) platform. A waiting shelter was sited on the down platform and gardens were a feature of both platforms.

Goods sidings were located to the east of the station with a small goods shed, yard crane and weighbridge. A signal box was also at the east end and controlled both the main lines and the sidings.

The station was renamed “Cheltenham South and Leckhampton” in 1906 to attract custom from the growing south of Cheltenham and to enable the new service from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Swansea, the Port to Port Express, to call at Cheltenham. This train took the Hatherley loop to Gloucester to save a reversal at one of the main stations in Cheltenham. The platforms were also extended to cater for these longer trains. The name was simplified in 1952 to “Cheltenham Leckhampton”.

The whole site was about ¼ mile long and to the east of the site the line was crossed by a brick footbridge. Although this footbridge and the cutting to the east still exist, the latter being a nature walk, the station site now consists of two blocks of flats and an industrial estate.

Locomotives were mainly of GWR origin and in the early days MSWJR the largest being the heavy freight 2800. However, in the 1950s it is known that a trains from Andover, via the old MSWJR line ran usually headed by a Southern U class 2-6-0.

Cheltenham Leckhampton is one of many layouts owned by “The Gloucester Model Railway Club”. Contact Phil Bird on 01242 517760.


8 comments to Cheltenham South & Leckhampton

  • James

    Hi there,
    Is the train station still around today? As in does the structure still stand. Thanks
    James Botting

  • Ken

    Cheltenham Leckhampton is being shown at Redditch on the 21st and 22nd September 2013.

    Hope this helps.

  • Ken

    Sorry – missed your point! The station structure was pulled down many years ago and now consists mainly of business units.

  • Rob Dewey

    Hi Can you advise me when next the Leckhampton Station layout will be on view? Many thanks. ROB.

  • Ken

    Cheltenham South & Leckhampton’s next showing is planned for 18th/19th January 2014 at Calne. Hope to see you there.

    Ken Haines

  • Delighted to see this lovely model of my favorite station so nicely presented!
    I used to live not far from there in the sixties and surveyed it in some detail with the late George Iliffe Stokes many years ago now. I made two 4mm models of the station (P4) but never finished either unfortunately, and I still yearn after building a 7mm scale version one day! I was a member of the GMRC in the early 60s and used to travel over to the club at Elmscroft with Pat Arnold in his Reliant! I remember Alan Butcher well also.
    Happy days indeed – well done to all concerned.
    Malcolm Mitchell.

  • Ken

    Hi Malcolm, thanks for your kind words; I shall pass them on to Phil Bird whose project this is.

    I had no idea you were a past member of our club. I work in 4mm scale but I happily use your Great Western painting guide when I paint my locos so thanks a lot for that.

    Ken Haines

  • Thanks Ken, yes, I was a member for quite a few years, our layout then was a straight end to end with a Brunel viaduct somewhere in the middle! I have a press cutting of it somewhere from the ‘Citizen’ with yours truly looking very young! I’ll see if I can dig it out a scan it. Would love to see the Leckhampton layout sometime – I’ll keep an eye on the exhibition notices.
    All the best,
    Malcolm Mitchell

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