Great Western Railway halt at Farrington Gurney, Somerset, 1936.
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Halts were small stations that were not staffed, and had no signals. They meant that the railway companies could provide stops in villages, without the expense of building a station. Farrington Gurney only had one track and one platform. Passengers had to buy their tickets from a tiny office behind the Miner's Arms public house.