Coalville Town railway station

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Coalville Town
Coalville Town station site geograph-3151741-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Site of Coalville Town station, 1988
Place Coalville
Area North West Leicestershire
Coordinates 52°43′26″N 1°22′19″W / 52.724°N 1.372°W / 52.724; -1.372Coordinates: 52°43′26″N 1°22′19″W / 52.724°N 1.372°W / 52.724; -1.372
Grid reference SK425142
Original company Leicester and Swannington Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
27 april 1833 Station opened as Long Lane
27 March 1848 Renamed Coalville
2 June 1924 Renamed Coalville Town
7 September 1964 station closed [1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Coalville Town was a railway station at Coalville in Leicestershire on the Leicester to Burton upon Trent Line. It was opened as Long Lane in 1833 and British Railways closed it on 7 September 1964.[1]

Coalville Town was the most important station between Leicester and Burton-on-Trent and was built to fuller dimensions to reflect this. It was called Coalville Town to distinguish it from Coalville East on the rival Charnwood Forest Railway.

The station straddled the A50 road. Its former booking office is now a children's nursery beside the level crossing.

Motive power depot[edit]

British Railways closed Mantle Lane motive power depot at Coalville in 1990. Its "Category A" status was a clerical error, and was in fact a "Category C".[clarification needed] The British Railways depot on the site was unusual in that it had no fuelling points, fitters or any other shed facilities. Locomotives would be taken in ferries[clarification needed] to nearby Burton-on-Trent (until it closed) or Leicester for refuelling, water and sandbox filling. This perhaps shows why it was a surprise to find it as an A-listed depot.[clarification needed] Little remains at the site which hints at its formerly busy railway past. Two tracks remain where once lay four 'on shed' as it were.[clarification needed]

Reopening proposals[edit]

In the 1990s BR planned to restore passenger services between Leicester and Burton as the second phase of its Ivanhoe Line project. However, after the privatisation of British Rail in 1995 this phase of the project was discontinued. In 2009 the Association of Train Operating Companies published a £49 million proposal to restore passenger services to the line that would include reopening a station at Coalville.[2]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Bardon Hill
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Leicester to Burton upon Trent Line
Line open, station closed
Line open, station closed
branch to Coleorton Tramway
Line and station closed


  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ Connecting Communities: Expanding Access to the Rail Network. London: Association of Train Operating Companies. 2009. p. 19. 

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