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End of the line: The once-bustling stations closed in railway cuts before being converted into beautiful holiday homes (and even the carriages have been turned into cabins) (21 Pics)

Their ticket halls once buzzed with busy passengers while porters rushed up and down the platforms awaiting the next train.
But as whole lines were closed and fewer and fewer stops required manned ticket offices, many of Britain's bustling stations were no longer needed by rail companies.
The unique, forgotten buildings which were once so important to their local communities fell quiet.
But while some have been bulldozed to the ground and other reclaimed by nature, many have now been developed into charming houses, many of which are now rented out as holiday homes. 

But, with the rails gone, the benches once used by Heacham station's passengers now look over the property's garden

Heacham station in Norfolk, pictured in the 1950s, was once a busy station used by the royals while at Sandringham

Cut off from the rest of the line, the platform now functions as a patio, although signs give clues to the building's origin

This classic railway carriage in a siding at Heacham has meanwhile been converted into a cabin with two en-suite bedrooms

The carriage is almost unrecognisable from its original use, with compartments replaced with this beautiful kitchen

Although trains still stop at Kirkby Stephen station in Cumbria, the beautiful station building has been converted into homes

Kirkby Stephen's stationmaster in front of the ticket rack before an evening Carlisle to Bradford service arrives in 1965

With the grand station building no longer required by the railway, the booking office has been converted into a holiday home

Despite the rails outside the beautiful Rowden Mill station near Bromyard, Herefordshire, trains no longer pass the building

The building has instead been turned into a lovely cottage, with this sitting room looking out over the quiet tracks

A few metres along the main station platform is the Parcel Office, which has been turned into a studio-annexe

Residents can sit out on the benches where passengers once sat and enjoy an al-fresco meal

This picture shows the station when it began to be redeveloped after years of laying derelict following closure in the 1950s

Sanquhar in western Scotland still has trains pass through, but the station building has been converted into a holiday home

This kitchen, which features a sign telling passengers where to cross the line, looks out over the line

The station is on the line between Dumfries and Carlisle in the south and Kilmarnock and Glasgow in the south

The railway-theme cottage features traditional signs on many of the doors and classic adverts advertising railway getaways

The former station buildings have now been converted in a three-bedroom holiday let for railway enthusiasts

Even these former carriages from the railway have been put to good use at Skipwith Station near Selby, North Yorkshire

The rolling stock, which once rumbled between London and Scotland, have been kitted out with kitchens and lounges

Holidaymakers board the carriages by using these specially-made platforms for a holiday home like few others

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