Mickleover railway station

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Mickleover
Mickleover Railway Station.jpg
Station building in 2004.
Location
Place Mickleover
Area City of Derby
Operations
Original company Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms ?
History
1 April 1878[1] Opened
4 December 1939 Closed to passengers
3 February 1964[2] Goods facilities withdrawn
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Mickleover railway station was a railway station serving the village of Mickleover, Derbyshire, England (now part of the city of Derby). It was opened by the Great Northern Railway on its Derbyshire Extension in 1878.

History[edit]

From Derby Friargate the line climbed at 1 in 100 for two miles southwards. On the outskirts shortly after the present Derby ring road the line entered a deep cutting leading to Mickleover Tunnel. The summit of the climb lay at the other end and, being curved, it presented a particular challenge to train drivers.

The station was about a mile north of the village along Station Road. It was labelled Mickleover for Radbourne, since it was in that parish, albeit some two miles distant. Originally it was spelt "Radburn" and, for a while, "Radbourn".

It was provided with substantial brick buildings; a two-storey station master's house and the usual single storey offices on the platforms. Regular passenger traffic finished in 1939, although it saw excursions until 1959, until complete closure in 1964.

The line from Friargate remained open for some years, being used as a test track by the British Rail Research Division.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Derby Friargate   London Midland Region of British Railways
(Derby) Friargate Line
  Etwall

Present day[edit]

The main station building has been converted into two private dwellings.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 158.
  2. ^ Clinker, C.R. (October 1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830-1977. Bristol: Avon-AngliA Publications & Services. p. 46. ISBN 0-905466-19-5. 
  3. ^ Higginson, M., (1989) The Friargate Line:Derby and the Great Northern Railway, Derby: Golden Pingle Publishing

Coordinates: 52°55′09″N 1°32′40″W / 52.9192°N 1.5445°W / 52.9192; -1.5445