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Bath Green Park Station. Most of the photographs on this page are devoted to the now (once more) majestic Bath Green Park station. It was built by the Midland Railway, although many assume mistakenly that it was the work of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, which used it as the terminus of its extension from Evercreech Junction to Bath. (The S&D could never have afforded a station on this scale given the financial strain it suffered in actually building its Bath extension!) Along with Manchester Central, this must be one of the luckiest disused major stations anywhere in the UK. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, its state of repair worsened steadily as local authorities dithered over what to do with it. In the end, salvation came from an unusual source when supermarket chain Sainsbury restored it as part of a new supermarket development on the station site. And they made a fantastic job of it, as the following pictures demonstrate.

Above: The frontage of Bath Green Park shows that the Midland Railway was not messing about when it arrived in this famous Georgian city. Classical flourishes such as the stone columns, gabled windows and ballustrades all heaped on the style. In fact, this disused station now looks better than the still operational Bath Spa station on the ex-GWR main line from Bristol to Paddington. 26th October 2011. (Jeff Vinter)

 
Above: The view (well, sort of!) that engine drivers would have enjoyed as they approached the buffer stops within the train shed. Much of the train shed is now used as a covered car park for the nearby Sainsbury supermarket, whose accoutrements can be seen in the right foreground. 26th October 2011. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: The view at the eastern end of the train shed. A bar-cum-restaurant occupies the ground floor rooms immediately ahead, while the area in front of the parasols (parasols? indoors?) is used during the better weather as a stage for concerts. 26th October 2011. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: Looking west out of the train shed. The departure platform is on the left, while the arrival platform is on the right. In its heyday, this station enjoyed services to a range of destinations that rivalled those from the GWR station – Poole, Bournemouth, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester being just a few of the places served. 26th October 2011. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: A close-up of the departure platform, which now accommodates a range of small and start-up businesses, both in the rooms to the right of this view, and the kiosks to the left. During the 1970s and 1980s, this part of Bath was dead compared with the rest of the city, but the arrival of Sainsbury's and the rehabilitation of the station have changed all that – it is now almost as busy here as anywhere else in the city. 26th October 2011. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: Green Park is still a station of sorts – Green Park Bike Station. And it's a jolly good job that this business is here, too. Already, cyclists enjoy lengthy traffic-free routes out of the city: west along the ex-MR line to Bristol, or east along the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal to Devizes and beyond. When the Two Tunnels Path is opened (hopefully during 2012), cyclists will also be able to enjoy a 14 mile cycle route that heads south to Midsomer Norton, largely along the route of the old S&D. 26th October 2011. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: Until the 1960s, Launceston was well served by rail, being the northern terminus of a GWR branch line from Plymouth, and a stop on the LSWR's route from Waterloo to Padstow. Now it is totally detached from the national rail network. The GWR weighbridge building, now 'Newport Friars', is a reminder of the past, at least for those who can recognise GWR architecture when they see it. The reference to 'Friars' is not so much a mis-spelling as a local reference the former Launceston Priory, which was situated a few yards to the west, just across the A388. 6th June 2011. (Jeff Vinter)
 
Above: Launceston's ex-LSWR station now enjoys narrow gauge train services for two miles west along the course of the old 'withered arm' as far as the little community of New Mills. Just above the canopy, one of the hipped roofs so characteristic of the North Cornwall Railway, which built this line, can be clearly seen. With the exception of Wadebridge, further examples of this style are extant at every station between here and Padstow. 6th June 2011. (Jeff Vinter)