Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway



refce: Griffith, Edward C: 1947 (?): Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway 1901-1936

commentary: Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway, LSWR, Basingstoke to Alton, Hampshire, opened 1 June 1909, closed 1 January 1917, reopened 18 August 1924, closed 12 September 1932.
The line was enabled by an Order of the Light Railway Commission under the Light Railways Act 1897.
It was abandonned in part by:-
refce: 23-24 George 5 cap.47 1933
The route was from Basingstoke Station, through Cliddeseden Station, Herriard Station, to Butts Junction, and Alton Station.

commentary: The line was used for filming 'The Wrecker' in 1929. The production company was Gainsborough, producer Michael Balcon, director G M Bolvary. A crash scene was filmed at Spains Crossing near Herriard, 19 August 1928, with a Foden steam lorry and SECR Stirling 4-4-0 no.148 with old SECR bogie coaches labelled United Coast Lines.
Some of the crash shots were later used in 'Seven Sinners' produced by Gaumont British, 1937.
The line was also used for filming 'Oh! Mr Porter' in 1937, with LSWR Adams 4-4-0 no.657 and Adams 0-6-0 no,3509 and other locos and stock. The film was produced by Gainsborough, director Marcel Varrel, starring Will Hay. 'Buggleskelly' in the film is Cliddesden Station. The film titles were set against shots on the LSWR London and Southampton line.

Associated with
person railway company : London and South Western Railway, LSWR
date 1898-1923?

Associated with
person railway company : Southern Railway, SR
date 1923-1936

mapping: goes through
Basingstoke Station, Basingstoke
Cliddeseden Station, Cliddesden
Herriard Station, Herriard
Butts Junction, Alton
1.6.1901: opened
1.1.1917: closed
18.8.1924: opened
12.9.1932: closed to passengers
1.6.1936: last train

Hampshire Gazetteer - JandMN: 2001