Normanton railway station
|Local authority||City of Wakefield|
|Managed by||Northern Rail|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Original company||North Midland Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|30 June 1840||Station opened|
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The original station was opened by the North Midland Railway (NMR) on 30 June 1840 (this was one day before nearby Castleford Railway Station which opened on 1 July 1840) on their main line towards Leeds, creating an interchange station between the North Midland Railway (NMR), the York and North Midland Railway (Y&NMR) and the Manchester and Leeds Railway (M&LR) - establishing a three company junction.
It became the focus of several railway lines in the mid-19th century. Construction began in 1837 under the supervision of George Stephenson for the North Midland. This was soon followed by an addition from the York and Midland Railway and then by the Manchester and Leeds line which all joined at Normanton thereby giving the town access to much of the country. The NMR, already open between Derby and Rotherham (Masborough), was opened between Rotherham and Leeds (Hunslet Lane) on 1 July 1840, as was the Y&NMR between Normanton (on the NMR) and Burton Salmon (the line between Burton Salmon and York already being open). The M&LR route between Normanton and Hebden Bridge followed, opening on 5 October 1840, and on 1 March 1841, the final section of the M&LR route to Manchester was opened. The Leeds and Manchester lines crossed a 51 miles (82 km) stretch across The Pennines and at the time boasted the world's longest railway station platform at Normanton – a quarter of a mile (400m) long.
In Victorian times Normanton station was one of the most important stations in northern England and can boast that Queen Victoria stopped over in The Station Hotel. The town also served as an important part of the transport infrastructure for national and local industries including coal and bricks, although most of this was lost during the 1950s and 1960s with the last remaining operational brickworks eventually closing in the mid-nineties. There were three brickworks in town and were all built within the small area known as Newland, taking advantage of the abundance of clay from the area. A fourth works was founded in the 1890s by a man named Thomas Kirk from Nottingham who had heard rumours that Normanton was rapidly turning into an important junction on the railways. Both Kirk and his sons used their life savings and formed the Normanton Brick Company at nearby Altofts which is still in operation today.
The station lost many of its services in the aftermath of the Beeching Report, with both express and local trains on the NMR main line ceasing to call in 1968 and trains to York ending in 1970, leaving only Hallam Line trains to serve the station. The NMR was closed completely in 1988 south of the former Goose Hill Junction (where it diverged from the M&L line to Wakefield) although part of the route further south remains open to serve a glassworks at Monk Bretton, near Barnsley.
On Mondays to Saturdays the station enjoys an hourly service to Leeds via Castleford and to Sheffield via Wakefield Kirkgate, with extra trains during peak times. On Sundays there is a two-hourly service each way.
- About Wakefield - Normanton
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- Allen, Cecil J. (1974) . The North Eastern Railway. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 61. ISBN 0-7110-0495-1.
- Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 48. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
- Marshall 1969, p. 49
- Body, p. 138
- GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 34
- Body, G. (1988), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1
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