[Source: Nick Catford]
Date opened: 7.3.1906
Location: On the north side of Oakhanger Road
Company on opening: London & South Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 31.10.1969
Date closed completely: 31.10.1969
Company on closing: Longmoor Military Railway
Present state: Unknown
County: Hampshire
OS Grid Ref: SU788362
Date of visit: May 1969

Notes: The branch line to Bordon was built under the 1896 Light Railway Act. The line was built with the help of the War Department to ease troop movements to Bordon Camp and to bring stores into the camp.

In 1905, the same year the Bordon branch opened the War Department decided to build its own standard gauge line from Longmoor to Borden where there was to be an exchange siding with the LSWR. The Woolmer Instructional Railway (later renamed The Longmoor Military Railway in 1935) was extended south to Liss in 1933. Oakhanger Halt was built as the main station for Bordon Garrison.

Peak activity on the line was during WW2. Shortly after the Bordon Branch line was closed the LMR was cut back to Oakhanger with Bordon LMR Station closing. The remainder of the line closed three years later although there were some stock movements in 1970 for the proposed Longmoor Steam Railway. 1 1/2 miles of track at the Liss end was leased for this purpose but the scheme failed to materialise and the stock was gone by October 1971.

Further reading:
Branch Lines to Longmoor - Middleton Press 1987 ISBN 0 906520 41X

See also: Bordon

Other web site: Industrial Railway Society web site

Oakhanger Halt looking north in May 1969
Photo by Nick Catford

[Source: Nick Catford]

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