Abbots Ripton railway station

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Abbots Ripton
Location
Place Abbots Ripton
Area Huntingdonshire
Grid reference TL222788
Operations
Original company Great Northern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms ?
History
1 November 1885 Station opens as Abbotts Ripton
21 January 1876 Abbots Ripton rail disaster
? 1938 Station renamed Abbots Ripton
15 September 1958 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Abbots Ripton railway station was a railway station on the East Coast Main Line in the English county of Cambridgeshire. Although trains still pass on the now electrified railway the station closed in 1958.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) on 1 November 1885 as Abbotts Ripton.[1] The GNR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) during the Grouping on 1 January 1923. Renamed Abbots Ripton in 1938,[1] the station then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948, and was closed by the British Transport Commission on 15 September 1958.[1]

Abbots Ripton rail disaster[edit]

An accident occurred at the station on 21 January 1876, when the southbound Flying Scotsman express train from Edinburgh to London was involved in a double collision during a blizzard. Heavy snow had frozen around the semaphore signal arms, causing them to stick in the "clear" position, as a result of which the driver of the express was not warned of the presence of a coal train which was backing from the main line into a siding. A collision occurred, and not long after, a northbound express from London to Leeds ran into the wreckage. There were thirteen fatalities, and 53 passengers and 6 traincrew members were injured.[2][3][4]

Routes[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Huntingdon
Line and station open
  Great Northern Railway
East Coast Main Line
  Holme
Line open, station closed

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 11.
  2. ^ Tyler 1876.
  3. ^ Rolt & Kichenside 1982, pp. 114–120.
  4. ^ Kichenside 1997, pp. 183–186.

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Coordinates: 52°23′35″N 0°12′20″W / 52.39306°N 0.20556°W / 52.39306; -0.20556