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Flax Bourton railway station was a railway station on the Bristol to Exeter Line, 5mi from, serving the village of Flax Bourton in North Somerset. It opened in 1860, and was closed by the Beeching Axe in 1964.HistoryOpeningThe first sections of the Bristol and Exeter Railway, those between Bristol and and the branch to, opened on 14 June 1841. The station was first opened in 1860 as Bourton roughly half a mile from the village of Flax Bourton in Somerset. Located in a deep cutting by the B3130 road from Bristol to Nailsea, just west of the short tunnel at the summit of the climb from Bristol, it was 124mi from the Great Western Railway terminus at Paddington in London and 5mi from the B&E's northern terminus at Bristol Temple Meads. When it opened it was the first station out of Bristol, taking the claim from, and remained so until opened in 1871. The station was renamed Flax Bourton on 1 September 1888.The line, engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was built as broad gauge. The line had been reconstructed as a mixed gauge line to accommodate local gauge traffic by 1 June 1875, and broad gauge trains ceased operation on 20 May 1892.

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