Piddington railway station

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Piddington
Location
Place Horton
Area South Northamptonshire
Operations
Original company Bedford & Northampton Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms ?
History
10 June 1872[1] Opened as Horton
1 May 1876 Renamed Piddington & Horton
1 April 1904 Renamed Piddington
5 March 1962 Closed to passengers
7 September 1964 Goods facilities withdrawn
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Piddington was a railway station on the former Bedford to Northampton Line. Despite its name, the station was located close to the village of Horton in Northamptonshire, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from the village of Piddington.[citation needed]

History[edit]

By the 1870s, Piddington was linked to the national rail network by the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway, known as the "SMJR",[2] with a station at Salcey Forest to the West of Horton village. This part of the line ran from Towcester to Bedford via Blisworth and Stoke Bruerne with a connection to Northampton and the West Coast Main Line. It closed to passengers in 1951, and was later shut completely as part of the 1960s Beeching cuts.

Routes[edit]

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Piddington
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Northampton
St. John's Street
  London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Bedford to Northampton Line
  Olney

Present day[edit]

The station can be found off the B526 in Horton village. The route of the line is just to the northeast of the village. There is a proposal to reopen this line.[3][4] Confusion sometimes occurs as there is a disused railway line in Piddington itself, however that is the former Stratford and Midland Junction Railway, which had no station at Piddington or Horton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 123.
  2. ^ "Stratford and Midland Junction Railway (SMJ)". Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  3. ^ Sole Trader Self Employed, "Bedford - Olney - Northampton".
  4. ^ BBC News, "New bid to reopen old rail link", 21 June 2004.

Coordinates: 52°11′16″N 0°47′21″W / 52.1877°N 0.7891°W / 52.1877; -0.7891