Bourne railway station
The station approach in 1961
|Original company||Bourn and Essendine Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Northern Railway|
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
|16 May 1860||Opened (Bourne)|
|May 1872||Renamed (Bourn)|
|1 July 1893||Renamed (Bourne)|
|2 March 1959||Closed|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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|Bourne to Sleaford branch|
The station was on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway main line between the Midlands and the Norfolk Coast. it was finally closed in 1959 when the M&GN was closed. The line from Spalding and also the Sleaford branch as far as Billingborough remained in use for goods until 1964. The remaining station buildings were demolished in 2005 to make way for new residential development.
The original station opened in 1860 as the terminus of the Essendine & Bourne Railway, which provided connecting services to the Great Northern main line, and the local Stamford and Essendine. It was this company which took over the Red Hall rather than demolishing it. The line was operated by the GNR, and later owned by them. The line closed and was lifted in June 1951.
In 1870 the Great Northern exercised its powers to build the Bourne and Sleaford Railway, opening in 1872. Although operated by the same company, this line was run separately from the Essendine line, and had its own goods yard. This line closed to passengers in 1930 although a 'special' for the Festival of Britain ran in 1950.
The last line to open was the Saxby to Bourne line, which was part of the Midland & Great Northern project, which subsumed the Bourne & Spalding route. This connection opened in 1894 and was closed to passengers, along with the Spalding line, in 1959.
The original down platform remained outside the Red Hall, after conversion to a through layout, but was no longer used. A hedge was planted along the running line edge to prevent passengers approaching the line. This can be made out in both photographs here. From the Bourne & Spalding period A single island platform was used by passengers, later reached by an iron lattice footbridge from the disused platform next to the Red Hall. The footbridge was a characteristic Midland Railway design, and is likely to have been provided when the M&GN arrived. All passenger trains used the two faces of the island platform.
Summary of former services
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
Line and station closed
|Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway||
Line and station closed
Line and station closed
|Great Northern Railway
|Terminus||Great Northern Railway||
Line and station closed
Sample train timetable for July 1922
The table below shows the train departures from Bourne on weekdays in July 1922.
|Departure||Going to||Calling at||Arrival||Operator|
|07.45||King's Lynn||Twenty, Counter Drain, North Drove, Spalding, Weston, Moulton, Whaplode, Holbeach, Fleet, Gedney, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Walpole, Terrington, Clenchwarton, South Lynn||09.32||M&GN|
|07.45||Essendine||Thurlby, Braceborough Spa||07.59||GNR|
|08.55||Leicester||Castle Bytham, South Witham, Edmondthorpe & Wymondham, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston||10.38||M&GN|
|09.05||Sleaford||Morton Road, Rippingale, Billingborough & Horbling, Aswarby & Scredington||09.40||GNR|
|09.20||Essendine||Thurlby, Braceborough Spa||09.35||GNR|
|10.48||Sleaford||Morton Road, Rippingale, Billingborough & Horbling, Aswarby & Scredington||11.23||GNR|
|10.53||King's Lynn||Twenty, Counter Drain, North Drove, Spalding, Weston, Moulton, Whaplode, Holbeach, Fleet, Gedney, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Walpole, Terrington, Clenchwarton, South Lynn||12.50||M&GN|
|12.10||Lowestoft Central||Sutton Bridge, South Lynn, Melton Constable, Aylsham, North Walsham, Yarmouth Beach, Gorleston-on-Sea, Corton, Lowestoft North. Also through coaches to Norwich and Cromer.||16.16||M&GN|
|12.15||Leicester||Saxby, Melton Mowbray||13.28||M&GN|
|12.37||Saxby||Castle Bytham, South Witham, Edmondthorpe & Wymondham||13.19||M&GN|
|13.00||Essendine||Thurlby, Braceborough Spa||13.15||GNR|
|14.30||King's Lynn||Twenty, Counter Drain, North Drove, Spalding, Weston, Moulton, Whaplode, Holbeach, Fleet, Gedney, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Walpole, Terrington, Clenchwarton, South Lynn||16.45||M&GN|
|15.25||Sleaford||Morton Road, Rippingale, Billingborough & Horbling, Aswarby & Scredington||16.00||GNR|
|15.28||Essendine||Thurlby, Braceborough Spa||15,43||GNR|
|16.28||Nottingham||Castle Bytham, Saxby, Melton Mowbray||17.41||M&GN|
|16.40||Lowestoft Central||South Lynn, Fakenham, Melton Constable, Aylsham, North Walsham, Stalham, Potter Heigham, Yarmouth Beach, Gorleston-on-Sea, Lowestoft North. Also through coaches to Norwich and Cromer.||20.24||M&GN|
|16.50||Spalding||Twenty, Counter Drain, North Drove||17.11||M&GN|
|16.50||Essendine||Thurlby, Braceborough Spa||17.04||GNR|
|17.55||Sleaford||Morton Road, Rippingale, Billingborough & Horbling, Aswarby & Scredington||18.30||GNR|
|18.13||Essendine||Thurlby, Braceborough Spa||18.33||GNR|
|18.15||Leicester||South Witham, Saxby, Syston||13.28||M&GN|
|18.27||Nottingham||Castle Bytham, South Witham, Edmondthorpe & Wymondham, Saxby, Melton Mowbray||19.30||M&GN|
From the Grantham Journal
- The return excursion train which was due to leave London at ten minutes before twelve on Saturday night last arrived at Bourne between three and four o'clock on Sunday morning. When near the platform at Bourne station the engine came into violent collision with two empty carriages which were standing upon the line, driving them completely through two very strong gates at the South Street crossing, one of the gates being smashed to splinters, and the carriages considerably damaged. There were nine passengers (including two ladies) in the carriage attached to the engine and we have not heard of anyone sustaining greater injury than a severe shaking. One gentleman's hat was smashed to such an extent that he has put in a claim for a new one.
That would have the accident occurring on Sunday, 30 March 1873.
An interesting extract from the Stamford Mercury in 1860:
The day delivery of letters in Bourne, which previously took place shortly after 3 o’clock in the afternoon, now commences about 11.30 a m. The train, which heretofore was due at Bourne at 10.58 a m, is now timed so as to reach Bourne at 11.20. By this alteration, a letter posted in London early in the morning may be delivered at Bourne the same day about noon.
- Back, Michael (2009). Branch lines around Spalding: M&GN Saxby to Long Sutton. Middleton Press. p. 12. 1930s track layout, valid till the end of services.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 40.
- "National monument record for Bourne station, in the context of Bourne & Essendine".
- British Railways Atlas.1947. p.17
- Bourne railway station.
- "National monument record, Essendine & Bourne".
- "National monument record, Bourne & Spalding".
- "National monument record, Bourne & Sleaford".
- "National monument record, Midland & G N".
- England - Lincolnshire: 140/NE (Map). 1:10,560. Ordnance Survey. 1891. The island platform layout is clear, but the footbridge is not shown
- England - Lincolnshire: 140/NE (Map). 1:10,560. Ordnance Survey. 1931. The 1931 map does show the footbridge.
- Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, July 1922
- Grantham Journal. 5 April 1873. Missing or empty
- "Delvery of letters". Stamford Mercury. 9 November 1860.
- Rhodes, John (1986). Bourne to Essendine. KMS Books, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Boston, Lincs. PE21 6LY. ISBN 978-0-948017-03-2.
- Squires, Stewart; Hollamby, Ken, eds. (2010). Building a Railway: Bourne to Saxby. The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and The Lincoln Record Society (joint publishers). p. 152. ISBN 978-0-901503-86-2. An account of the building of the Bourne-Saxby line in 1890-1893.
- Bourne station on 1946 O. S. map
- Petition to the Midland and Great Northern to protect the Red Hall
- Opening timetable of the Bourne & Essendine Line
- History of Red Hall. Interesting photos
- Photo of 'Bourne Bay' at Essendine'