Above: The Signal Box at Great Bardfield. © information. May not be reproduced without permission.

Great Bardfield (1 of 3)

Presented by Dave Hawkins

Like most areas of the country, Essex had its fair share of proposed lines which never came to fruition. Great Bardfield is a ‘might have been’ station on a fictitious extension to the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway. The line connected Great Yeldham on the CV&H to Ongar on the Great Eastern Railway, thus providing a direct, if slow, link to London.

The model portrays rural Essex in the mid to late 1950s. Like many stations in the area, the village it claims to serve is a good mile away. Decline and ultimate closure was inevitable once roads were improved enough to support local buses and freight hauliers. The line had a brief resurgence during the war, but the Great Bardfield to Great Yeldham section was closed shortly after, save for a short section serving local industries. Complete closure came in 1962, before even Dr Beeching could do his worst.