Clay Cross railway station

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Clay Cross
Clay Cross station site geograph-3110788-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Site of the station looking south towards the Erewash on the left and the Derby line on the right.
Place Tupton
Area District of North East Derbyshire
Grid reference SK401651
Original company North Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping LMS
British Railways
Platforms 4
1840 Opened
1967 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Clay Cross railway station was a railway station built by the North Midland Railway in 1840. It served the town of Clay Cross in Derbyshire, England.

It was originally planned to have been built within the Clay Cross Tunnel, however it was clear that it would be impossible to ventilate it effectively, so instead it was built at the northern entrance - nearer to Tupton.

The original station was the usual Francis Thompson Italianate design. In 1879 the line from Trent Junction was built through the Erewash Valley meeting the North Midland at the station, which had platforms serving two passenger lines, with two goods lines passing to the east, which continued the whole way down the Erewash Valley. The station was rebuilt in the Midland Railway style and, at some time, it was enlarged to serve four tracks, with two outer platforms and an island platform in the middle.

The station closed in 1967. There are no visible remains.

North of Clay Cross, there developed very busy Coal sidings, particularly those serving the Avenue Coal Carbonisation Plant. A locomotive shed was built at Hasland in 1861 with at one time as many as sixty engines. In the 1960s it supported sixteen Garratt 2-6-0+0-6-2 locomotives used for the coal traffic from Yorkshire.

The next station northwards was at Chesterfield.

South West Trains Class 158 unit 158882, on loan to East Midlands Trains, tails another class 158 unit in Central Trains livery past the site of Clay Cross station.
East Midlands Trains InterCity 125, hauled by power car 43055, speeds past the site of the station, with a service from London St. Pancras to Leeds


  • Pixton, B., (2000) North Midland: Portrait of a Famous Route, Cheltenham: Runpast Publishing

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Coordinates: 53°10′53″N 1°24′05″W / 53.18150°N 1.40143°W / 53.18150; -1.40143