Yeovil Junction railway
station serves the town of Yeovil, Somerset, England.
station is on the West of
England Main Line south west of London Waterloo towards Exeter. The station, which straddles the border
between Somerset and Dorset, is one of
two stations serving Yeovil (the other
being Yeovil Pen
Mill), neither of which is near the centre of the town
(unlike Yeovil Town station, which closed in 1967).
Yeovil Junction station was opened by the Salisbury and Yeovil Railway
19 July 1860.
As its name suggests, it was formerly a junction, with the line
that served the now defunct station of Yeovil Town. There is still a
junction of tracks at this point, enabling trains to be switched
onto the Heart of Wessex Line
Cary to Weymouth (which also has a station at Yeovil Pen
However, this routing is now only used as
an emergency diversion, typically when the direct route from Exeter
to Castle Cary is obstructed by engineering works or flooding in
the Exe valley
located in the village of Stoford just outside
the town. There are bus routes (South West Coaches
Route 68/74 Mon-Sat or First 980 Sunday) that connect the station
to Yeovil Town Centre
and the nearby village of Barwick.
In 2009 the station buffet "Peppers" appeared in a list of "highly
commended" station cafes published in The Guardian
File:Yeovil Junction railway station in 2006.jpg
There is generally an hourly service eastwards to Salisbury and
London Waterloo, and hourly or two-hourly service westwards to
Exeter depending upon the time of day. Network Rail propose to reinstate a section of
double track in the Axminster-Chard area which will improve reliability and provide
enough capacity for an hourly service to Exeter.
Some of the services through Yeovil continue beyond Exeter St
Davids, after reversing, to Paignton, whilst others go through to
It is usually served by Class 159
units in either single three-car formations or twinned as
six-car sets. Occasionally SWT's Class 158 DMU
also venture down this
The Class 170s that SWT had until recently also used to run down to
Yeovil Junction occasionally, but they have all now moved up to
First Trans Pennine Express, except 170392 which has gone to
Southern. These 170s have been replaced with eight refurbished
159/1xx three-car units, and eventually there will eleven
refurbished 158 two-car units.
Due to the influx of additional units at Salisbury depot,
sometimes, especially over weekends, SWT stable as many as three
159 units in the sidings at Yeovil next to the unused platforms 3
and 4, .
Most evenings around 20:00 a 159 unit that has terminated at Yeovil
returns to Salisbury depot via the junction as an ECS move, heading
down to Yeovil Pen Mill, running through Castle Cary up to
Westbury, where it reverses down the Warminster line to
to section E of the National
Routeing Guide, passengers travelling to Yeovil Junction may
not travel through Yeovil Pen Mill and vice-versa.
Yeovil Railway Centre
Junction is also the base of the Yeovil Railway Centre. The station used to have four active
platforms, but as only two are now used (island platform) the other island is used by
Railway Centre to run their steam engine (Pectin) down a
short stretch of track, along with a selection of small Diesel
shunters (Ruston - named Yeo) and also diesel loco
which is currently under restoration at the site.
station also has the only mainline accessible turntable in the
South West Region so is used as a turning, watering and coaling
point for many main line steam services running to Weymouth and