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Horsebridge railway station

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Horsebridge was a railway station on the closed Sprat and Winkle Line which served the Hampshire village of Houghton. It closed in 1964, a casualty of the closure programme proposed by the Beeching Axe which sounded the death knell for many rural railway stations. Working years The station, located six miles north of Romsey alongside the River Test in the Test Valley, was opened in 1865 by the London and South Western Railway as part of their "Sprat and Winkle Line" that connected Redbridge with Andover. The railway line was constructed over the abandoned Andover Canal. The station assumed special significance during the First World War when it was used as a staging post for the transport of men, munitions, horses and equipment from Salisbury Plain which were sent to France via Southampton. Declining passenger numbers after the Second World War led to the line's eventual closure in 1964. The station comprised three front rooms – the office, booking hall and waiting room,
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