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
Place Blisworth
Area South Northamptonshire
Grid reference SP721545
Operations
Original company London and Birmingham Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 4
History
17 September 1838 Station opened
1853 replaced by new station
4 January 1960 Station closes
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
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Blisworth railway station was opened by the London and Birmingham Railway in Blisworth, Northamptonshire in 1838.

History[edit]

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

In 1846 the line, along with the London and Birmingham, became part of the London and North Western Railway.

In 1866 a line was opened to Banbury by the Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway. This railway built a small corrugated iron Motive power depot at the station in 1882 together with a turntable and other servicing facilities.[2] 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.

During the 1950s - and maybe before then and until closure - the morning express from Windermere to London Euston stopped at Crewe at 1:00 p.m., put in a call at Blisworth for a connection to Northampton and to make use of the water tower on the up platform, a further call at Bletchley at 3:15 p.m. and then ran non-stop to Euston.

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

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. ^ 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