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Droxford Station

Droxford Station
Droxford station was situated on the closed Meon Valley Line from Alton to Fareham. The line was built to a mainline standard, but traffic was always light. If it was not for the events in WW2, then it is likely that Droxford station would long be forgotten and probably had shared the same fate as other stations on the line and demolished.
Droxford station history changed forever a few days before D-Day on the 2nd June 1944. Winston Churchill, members of his war cabinet and the Overlord commanders including US President Eisenhower and the French leader Charles de Gaulle, the Canadian President William Lyon McKenzie King and the South African leader Jan Smuts, all met on the Royal train, in the siding at Droxford.
Droxford was probably chosen for its location next to the troop camps, close proximity to D-Day headquarters at Southwick House, and the availability of a long siding in a cutting, which was thought to give sufficient protection for the Royal Train from any enemy air attack.
After the historic events in 1944, Droxford and the Meon Valley line settled back into a sleepy existence. Passenger traffic ceased as early as 1955 and freight services succumbed in 1962.
Droxford station was then used as a trail base for the ‘Pacerailer’ railbus concept. The station site has also since been used as a HGV depot. The trackbed was purchased by Hampshire County Council with a view to building a by-pass for the nearby A32, but these plans thankfully never materialised.
The station was eventually sold to private ownership. The current owners have superbly restored the original station buildings, rebuilt a replica signal box (as a summer house), and created a wonderful garden.
This visit was part of a National Garden Society open day. The site is private and no public access is permitted.

Cool place for two little friends to take a nap in the country !
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