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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner
Woolton is a freelance layout, based upon a country station on a branch line off the Didcot to Southampton line in North Hampshire. The station and goods yard served the local market towns, with a former branch line serving other market towns to the north through the rear tunnel (now a road).
During the 1970s, road transport became more favourable to the market town's local businesses, causing the north branch to be closed and the goods yard redundant. A small neighbouring oil refinery came to the rescue of the yard. Due to the nature of the access into the depot, the block trains would enter into the yard where the locomotive would run round or a second locomotive would take the train back up the branch line into the refinery. Similarly, empty stone trains would enter the small loading facility at the local quarry up the branch line. Coal trains are required to serve the boilers at the nearby MOD base, together with Speedlink services.
The yard is approximately halfway between Didcot and Southampton, making it suitable for the exchange of locomotives conveying civil engineering trains. Passenger services range from Basingstoke/Newbury/Paddington, through Network Southeast and Southampton/Didcot via Inter-City cross-country services.
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