Oakham railway station

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Oakham National Rail
Oakham
The station platforms
Location
Place Oakham
Local authority Rutland
Grid reference SK856090
Operations
Station code OKM
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2008/09 Increase 226,106
2009/10 Decrease 202,358
2010/11 Increase 214,992
2011/12 Decrease 198,852
2012/13 Increase 203,668
History
Original company Midland Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 May 1848 (1848-05-01) Station opened
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Oakham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The front facade of Oakham railway station.

Oakham railway station serves the town of Oakham in Rutland, England. The station is situated almost halfway between Leicester – 27 miles (43 km) to the west – and Peterborough – 25 miles (40 km) eastward on the (as built) Syston and Peterborough Railway, the line is now part of the much bigger Birmingham to Peterborough Line.

Oakham is Rutland's only surviving passenger railway station. The line from Oakham to Kettering via Corby (which branches off just east of Oakham) until recently rarely saw use by passenger trains being used largely exclusively by freight trains. Since the opening of Corby station it sees daily use with trains from London St Pancras, as well as the occasional use as a diversionary route for passenger trains normally using the Midland Main Line. The daily services to/from London serve Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, and Luton.

Buildings[edit]

Since 2007 some of the station buildings have been used as the headquarters of the charitable organisation Change Agents UK.

The level crossing signal box nearby was the prototype for the Airfix kit signal box.[1]

Services[edit]

From Oakham there is an hourly service in both directions operated by CrossCountry, with some additional peak-hour trains. Services run westbound to Birmingham New Street via Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Narborough, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Coleshill Parkway whilst services eastbound run to Stansted Airport or Cambridge via Stamford, Peterborough, March, Ely and Audley End.

Despite managing the station, East Midlands Trains (EMT) only operates a limited number of services to/from it. A few trains operate at either end of the day, mainly for train crew route knowledge retention purposes. An early morning service runs from Nottingham to Norwich and an evening service operates from Spalding via Peterborough to Nottingham.

The station retains a ticket office which is staffed part-time, a car park and help points for times where there are no staff present.

A single daily return service to London St Pancras commenced on 27 April 2009 running via Corby[2] and is notable for being the first regular passenger service to cross the spectacular and historic Welland Viaduct since 1966. The company introduced a further return service from Derby via East Midlands Parkway (for East Midlands Airport) from May 2010. Further services may be introduced in the future.[3] The initial London service had been due to start on 14 December 2008 but because of a delay in reaching agreement with the Department for Transport and the rolling stock operating company (ROSCO) for the four additional trains needed for the service EMT started the service around four months later.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
CrossCountry
East Midlands Trains
Nottingham-Norwich (via Loughborough)
Limited Service
East Midlands Trains
Limited Service

Former services[edit]

The location of Oakham Station (shown on the pre-1966 network), which still serves the county town of Oakham.

Prior to the Beeching Axe trains used to stop at a number of smaller village destinations in Rutland. These were closed between 1961 and 1966.

Summary of former services[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Ashwell   Midland Railway
Leicester to Peterborough
Nottingham to Kettering
  Manton

Sample train timetable for July 1922[edit]

The table below shows the train departures from Oakham on weekdays in July 1922.[4] The basic services are Peterborough to Leicester and Kettering to Nottingham. In this timetable, Oakham is served by two London to Nottingham expresses, arriving in Oakham at 10.22 and 18.55. Southbound the only direct service is at 18.09, but two additional Nottingham to London expresses call at Manton with connections from Oakham at 08.43 and 11.05.

Departure Going to Calling at Arrival Operator
07.05 Leicester Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Humberstone Road, Leicester 08.30 MR
08.11 Kettering Manton, Harringworth, Gretton, Weldon & Corby, Geddington, Kettering 09.25 MR
08.21 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 09.33 MR
08.43 Manton Manton (Connects with Nottingham to London express at Manton) 09.25 MR
08.54 Leicester Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester 10.03 MR
10.11 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 11.20 MR
10.22 Nottingham Melton Mowbray, Nottingham (London to Nottingham express) 11.05 MR
11.05 Peterborough East Manton, Stamford, Peterborough North, Peterborough East (Connects with Nottingham to London express at Manton) 12.13 MR
11.15 Leicester Melton Mowbray, Leicester 11.56 MR
11.25 Nottingham Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham 12.40 MR
13.05 Kettering Manton, Harringworth, Gretton, Weldon & Corby, Geddington, Kettering 13.56 MR
13.09 Leicester Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Leicester 14.00 MR
13.58 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 15.08 MR
14.51 Melton Mowbray Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray 15.17 MR
16.28 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 17.37 MR
16.40 Leicester Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Syston, Leicester 17.32 MR
17.49 Nottingham Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham 19.03 MR
17.56 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 19.02 MR
18.09 London St Pancras Manton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Luton, London St Pancras (Nottingham to London express) 18.44 MR
18.13 Leicester Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester 19.13 MR
18.55 Nottingham Melton Mowbray, Nottingham (London to Nottingham express) 19.38 MR
19.10 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 20.20 MR
20.14 Nottingham Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham 21.33 MR
21.20 Leicester Ashwell, Melton Mowbray, Syston, Leicester 22.08 MR
22.10 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 23.05 MR

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.airfixrailways.co.uk/SignalBox.htm
  2. ^ "Passengers from Melton Mowbray set to benefit from direct link to London". www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk. 7 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Rail service could run north of town". Northants Evening Telegraph. 21 February 2008. 
  4. ^ Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, July 1922

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°40′21″N 0°44′04″W / 52.67250°N 0.73444°W / 52.67250; -0.73444