Beighton railway station

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Beighton
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Site of Beighton railway station in 1963
Location
Place Beighton
Area City of Sheffield
Coordinates 53°21′04″N 1°20′08″W / 53.351140°N 1.335500°W / 53.351140; -1.335500Coordinates: 53°21′04″N 1°20′08″W / 53.351140°N 1.335500°W / 53.351140; -1.335500
Grid reference SK443840
Operations
Pre-grouping Sheffield and Lincolnshire Junction Railway
Great Central Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
June 1840 First station opened
2 January 1843 First station closed
12 February 1849 Second station opened
February 1852 Second station closed temporarily
March 1854 Second station reopened
1 November 1893 Second station closed
1 November 1893 Third station opened
1950 Extensively rebuilt
1 November 1954 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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Beighton railway station is a former railway station near the village of Beighton on the border between Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, England.

Three stations[edit]

Beighton station existed on three sites at different times:

  • the first station, believed to have been little more than a halt, was opened by the North Midland Railway when it built its Chesterfield to Rotherham Masborough line, which is now predominantly a freight route. At 1.25 miles (2.01 km) south of Woodhouse Mill it stood approximately halfway between what is now Beighton Junction and the overbridge which still carries passenger trains east-west between Sheffield and Worksop.[2] This original station was opened when the line opened in June 1840, it was not near to or convenient for the village of Beighton and closed in January 1843.
  • in 1849 the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&LR) completed its Sheffield to Worksop line, which included a branch from just east of Woodhouse to join the North Midland line at what became known as Beighton Junction. They built Beighton's second station at a site on their line only, close to, but not on, the junction. The MS&LR hurried to open this branch to enable a revenue earning service to Eckington to commence and give connections to North Midland trains. This second station closed temporarily from 1852 to 1854 then continued in use until 1892.
  • in 1892 the MS&LR opened its "Derbyshire Lines" route near Beighton. This would eventually become part of the Great Central Main Line. On 1 November 1893 the MS&LR closed Beighton's second station and opened its third and final station at a site 132 yards (121 m) north west of the second site, immediately north of the Rotherham Road level crossing.[3]

At the time this station was within Derbyshire but following changes in boundaries the site is now within the City of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

Context[edit]

All three stations were in the flood plain of the River Rother, which repeatedly led to problems.[4][5] In 1950 these plus the generally poor state of the station building led British Railways to raise platform levels and undertake other remedial works.[6]

Beighton station closed for the third and final time on 1 November 1954. It has since been demolished.

Beighton station and related lines
Northbound freight on the ex-GC main line in 1951
Up coal train at Beighton Junction in 1963

In 1897 the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway opened in a branch from Langwith Junction. The original hope had been to join the MS&LR line into Sheffield Victoria but it was rebuffed, so a goods yard and connection to the ex-North Midland line at Beighton was built instead, though this did not touch Beighton station. The LD&ECR obtained running rights along the Midland line to Treeton Junction and entered Sheffield via the Sheffield District Railway when it opened in 1900.[7][8]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Cupit, J.; Taylor, W. (1984) [1966]. The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway. Oakwood Library of Railway History (2nd ed.). Headington: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-302-8. OL19. 
  • Dow, George (1965). Great Central, Volume Three: Fay Sets the Pace, 1900–1922. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0263-0. 
  • Grainger, Ken (2002). Sheffield Victoria to Chesterfield Central, The "Derbyshire Lines" of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Part 1. Bredbury, Cheshire: Foxline Limited. ISBN 1-870119-83-5. 
  • Hurst, Geoffrey (1989). Great Central East of Sheffield Volume 1. Worksop, Nottinghamshire: Milepost Publications. ISBN 0-947796-00-2. 
  • Pixton, Bob (2001). North Midland: Portrait of a Famous Route: Part 2 Chesterfield-Sheffield-Rotherham. Nottingham: Runpast Publishing, (now Book Law). ISBN 1 870754 51 4. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Woodhouse
Station open, line closed
  Great Central Railway
Derbyshire Lines
  Killamarsh Central
Line and station closed