Alford Town railway station
|Station frontage on the Beeching Industrial Estate; derelict and for sale in 2008.|
|Original company||East Lincolnshire Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Northern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
|3 September 1848||Opens as Alford|
|1 July 1923||Renamed Alford Town|
|2 May 1966||Closed to goods traffic|
|5 October 1970||Closed to passenger traffic|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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Alford Town was a railway station on the East Lincolnshire Railway which served the town of Alford in Lincolnshire between 1848 and 1970. It originally opened as Alford, but was renamed in 1923. Withdrawal of goods facilities took place in 1966, followed by passenger services in 1970. The line through the station is closed.
The station was opened on 3 September 1848 as Alford after the town of Alford, and renamed following the railway grouping in 1923 to Alford Town to distinguish it from Alford on the Alford Valley Railway and Alford Halt on the Langport and Castle Cary Railway. It was constructed by Peto and Betts civil engineering contractors who, in January 1848, had taken over the contract to construct the section of the East Lincolnshire Railway between Louth and Boston from John Waring and Sons. This section was the last to be completed in September 1848 at an agreed cost of £123,000 (£10.8 million in 2014). The station was served by the Alford and Sutton Tramway to Sutton-on-Sea from 2 April 1884 to 7 December 1889.
The station building is similar in style to that at Firsby. Access was had through a three-arch portico entrance which led to a passageway to the up platform, a large parcels office and the booking office. The southern end of the station comprised the stationmaster's quarters and the ladies' waiting room. Twin facing platforms were provided; a general waiting room, storeroom, stationmaster's office and porter's room were located on the up platform. The platforms were initially covered by a roof which was subsequently replaced after the Second World War. A signal box was situated on the down side near the road crossing to the north-west of the station. Behind the down platform lay a goods yard with a loading dock, goods shed capable to taking 9 wagons which also served as a grain store and a 15-ton crane. The shed and crane were destroyed during a bombing raid in the Second World War, which led to Alford's only wartime casualty: the shunt horse driver who was on fire watch in the yard.
By 1953, Alford was dealing with 50-60 passenger and goods trains per day. These included ironstone trains from High Dyke to the Frodingham Ironworks, and coal trains from Colwick. The July 1922 timetable saw seven up and six down weekday services, plus one Sunday service each way, call at Alford. The station was closed to goods traffic on 2 May 1966 and to passengers on 5 October 1970.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Aby for Claythorpe
Line and station closed
|Great Northern Railway
East Lincolnshire Line
Line and station closed
The trackbed is partly the driveway to a new house next to the site of a former level crossing. The station building is now part of the aptly named Beeching's Way Industrial Estate. The main buildings were, in 1995, occupied by John White (Alford) Printers, which used a workshop erected across part of the trackbed and abutting the station building. The remaining section of the trackbed to the rear of the station has been infilled and used as a car park. The platform roof has been removed In 2009, the station building and attached industrial unit were sold to Jackson's Building Centres and reopened as building suppliers. The station building has been extensively restored externally.
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- Alford Town station on navigable 1946 O.S. map
- Alford Town station during its last week of operation