Blisworth railway station

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Blisworth
Blisworth railway station.jpg
View eastward, towards Bletchley and London on the West Coast Main Line
Location
PlaceBlisworth
AreaSouth Northamptonshire
Grid referenceSP721545
Operations
Original companyLondon and Birmingham Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms4
History
17 September 1838Station opened
1853replaced by new station
4 January 1960Station closed
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

Blisworth railway station was a junction station on the London and North Western Railway (today, the West Coast Main Line), the Northampton and Banbury Junction Railway, and the Northampton and Peterborough Railway. As well as providing interchange between the lines, the station served the village of Blisworth in Northamptonshire and its environs. The station was opened by the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR) in 1838.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 17 September 1838.[1] In 1845 the L&BR opened its Northampton and Peterborough Railway, a line which connected Peterborough East and Northampton Bridge Street from a junction nearby.[citation needed] The station was rebuilt 805 metres (880 yd) to the north in 1853,[1] closer to the junction, to facilitate changing trains.

In 1846 the line, along with the L&BR, became part of the London and North Western Railway.[citation needed]

In 1866 a line was opened to Banbury by the Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway.[2] This railway built a small corrugated iron motive power depot at the station in 1882, together with a turntable and other servicing facilities.[3] This was closed in 1929, but locomotives continued to be serviced in the yard until the closure of the station.

At grouping in 1923 it became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway.[citation needed]

During the 1950s the morning express from Windermere to Euston stopped at Blisworth for a connection to Northampton and to make use of the water tower on the up platform.[citation needed]

The station closed on 4 January 1960,[1] and was demolished soon afterward.

Routes[edit]

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Blisworth
Former services
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Weedon   London and Birmingham Railway   Roade
Terminus   Northampton and Peterborough Railway   Northampton Bridge Street
Terminus   SMJR
Northampton and Banbury Junction Railway
  Tiffield

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 37. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ J M Dunn, The Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway, Oakwood Press, South Godstone, 1952
  3. ^ Griffiths, Roger; Smith, Paul (1999). The directory of British engine Sheds and Principal Locomotive Servicing Points: 1. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 157. ISBN 0-86093-542-6.

Coordinates: 52°11′05″N 0°56′44″W / 52.18479°N 0.94561°W / 52.18479; -0.94561