Friday, 18 November 2011

Healing Train Station

When Healing’s population grew in the 19th century, the need for a train station arose. The station was built by builders Riggall and Hewins, and was opened on the 1st April 1881. The total cost was £447. In 1896, the Post Office was opened, and messages were forwarded by Morse code. The station became unmanned on 29th June 1969.

Evidence exists of the ‘sidings’ on one side of the track. These were built to store empty stock and wagons.

Healing Station also helped with the transportation of Greatford watercress (farmed in Healing) and animal feed.

During the Second World War, British and American troops used Healing Station for transportation. Some people remember American troops in P38 Lightnings racing down the track, and then they would go to play chase around the water tower.

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