The nine abandoned train lines we want to see reopen
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A version of this story was first published in June 2020
Many Cambridgeshire villages have been cut off for decades after local train stations were closed and lines were abandoned.
Before Dr Beeching axed it in the 60s, there was a train line between St Ives and Cambridge, most of the Stour Valley railway was open and there was even a varsity line between Cambridge and Oxford.
There were also more stations on the lines we still have today.
The Beeching cuts started in 1963 and its main purpose was to restructure Britain rail network. This caused many small local lines to be completely dismantled and lots of stations closed. Around a third of the country stations were shuttered.
Soham railway station closed to passengers in 1965.
It first opened in 1879 and was situated on the Ely to Newmarket line.
It was destroyed in the summer of 1944 when a WWII munitions train blew up, killing two and shattering windows in the town and surrounding villages. hermes best replica bag
The blast gouged a crater 15 feet deep and 66 feet wide.
Despite this, the station served its last passengers until 1965, but the village will have a train station on its doorstep again soon.
St Ives St Ives railway station opened in 1887 and chugged on until 1970.
It had not been on the original list of closures proposed by Beeching, but a decision was taken later to halt passenger services between the town and Cambridge.
On the day it closed locals held a protest, carrying wreaths and dressing up as mourners in black hats and black overcoats.
Four other stations would also be closed as part of that round of cuts, at Histon,, Longstanton and Swavesey.
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Chatteris Chatteris station was closed to passengers on March 6, 1967, and the station was demolished in the early 1970s.