Edwinstowe railway station

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Edwinstowe station site geograph-3452375-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Site of the station in 1995
AreaNewark and Sherwood
Coordinates53°11′20.7″N 1°3′55.4″W / 53.189083°N 1.065389°W / 53.189083; -1.065389Coordinates: 53°11′20.7″N 1°3′55.4″W / 53.189083°N 1.065389°W / 53.189083; -1.065389
Grid referenceSK 625 661
Original companyLD&ECR
Pre-groupingGreat Central Railway
British Railways
Platforms3 plus bay[1]
15 December 1896Opened
19 September 1955Shirebrook North to Lincoln service withdrawn
2 January 1956Closed to passengers
5 September 1964Excursion traffic ended
After August 1976Closed completely[2]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
1950 Excursion Advert

Edwinstowe railway station is a former railway station in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, England.


The station was opened by the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway in March 1897 and closed by British Railways on 2 January 1956, though the last train ran on 31 December 1955.

The station was envisaged as the centre of the line's passenger traffic and was one of only three to have a Refreshment room, the others being Chesterfield Market Place and Shirebrook North. The station buildings and signalbox[3] followed the company's standard modular architecture pattern.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


From Warsop the line entered the valley of the River Maun with Sherwood Forest visible to the north. This was, and is, an area known as The Dukeries, heavily promoted in the railway's literature in the hope of attracting tourist trade.[12] This never materialised in LD&ECR days, but the success of the modern-day Center Parcs near to Edwinstowe suggests the company had the right idea at the wrong time.

Former Services[edit]

There never was a Sunday service at Edwinstowe.

Two services called at Edwinstowe in 1922:

Three trains per day plied between Chesterfield Market Place and Lincoln with a market day extra on Fridays between Langwith Junction and Lincoln. All these trains called at all stations.[13] The truncated remains of this service ended in September 1955.[14]

Three trains per day terminated at Ollerton from Nottingham Victoria via Mansfield Central then went back again half an hour or so later, calling at Edwinstowe in both directions. A fourth train from Nottingham didn't go through to Ollerton, but turned round at Edwinstowe.[15] The service through to Ollerton was later cut back to Edwinstowe.[16] A fifth train ran to Nottingham Victoria Monday to Friday, but on Saturdays it started from Lincoln and ran through to Leicester Central.[17] This service did not survive the Second World War.

The Edwinstowe-Mansfield Central-Nottingham Victoria service outlived the LD&ECR "Main Line" service to Lincoln by three and a half months, closing on 2 January 1956, though the last train ran on Saturday 31 December 1955.[16] This meant that Edwinstowe was the last LD&ECR station to have a regular, timetabled passenger service.

Excursions and Summer Weekend holiday traffic continued until September 1964.[18][19][20][21]


When the line was built Edwinstowe was still in open countryside.[22] Subsequently, deep mining techniques were perfected to penetrate the limestone cap, enabling new collieries to be opened. A branch was built a little way to the east to serve Thoresby Colliery, one of the most productive mines at the time.[14][23]

Modern Times[edit]

The line through the station site gives access from Shirebrook to UK Coal's Thoresby Colliery and to the High Marnham Test Track.

The Future[edit]

There is some hope of reopening the line as a branch off the Robin Hood Line and reopening Warsop, Edwinstowe and Ollerton stations, providing an hourly service to Mansfield and Nottingham.[24]

Former Services
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
Line and station closed
Mansfield Central
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
Mansfield Railway



  1. ^ Little 2002, p. 34.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 89.
  3. ^ Anderson 2013, p. 338.
  4. ^ Kaye 1988, p. 72.
  5. ^ Cupit & Taylor 1984, between pp. 22&23.
  6. ^ Dow 1965, p. 165.
  7. ^ Little 1995, p. 51.
  8. ^ Ludlam 2013, p. 136.
  9. ^ Lund 1999, p. 21.
  10. ^ DVD2 2005, film, 34 to 35 mins from start.
  11. ^ Booth 2013, p. 26.
  12. ^ Cupit & Taylor 1984, pp. 9&10.
  13. ^ Bradshaw 1985, p. 718.
  14. ^ a b Anderson & Cupit 2000, p. 53.
  15. ^ Bradshaw 1985, p. 701.
  16. ^ a b Cupit 1956, p. 61.
  17. ^ Bradshaw 1985, p. 696.
  18. ^ Walker 1991, inside front cover.
  19. ^ Edwinstowe station: via PicturethePast
  20. ^ 1964 Working Timetable (Up): via flickr
  21. ^ 1964 Working Timetable (Down): via flickr
  22. ^ Anderson & Cupit 2000, pp. 51&52.
  23. ^ NoAuthor 2011, p. 16.
  24. ^ Lambourne, Helen (22 July 2009). "New bid to extend rail link to Ollerton". Worksop Today. Retrieved 21 February 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)


  • Anderson, Paul (June 2013). Hawkins, Chris (ed.). "Out and About with Anderson". Railway Bylines. Clophill: Irwell Press Ltd. 18 (7). ISSN 1360-2098.
  • Anderson, Paul; Cupit, Jack (2000). An Illustrated History of Mansfield's Railways. Clophill: Irwell Press. ISBN 978-1-903266-15-1.
  • Booth, Chris (2013). The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway A pictorial view of the "Dukeries Route" and branches. Two: Langwith Junction to Lincoln, the Mansfield Railway and Mid Nott's Joint Line. Blurb. ISBN 978-1-78155-660-3. 06884827.
  • Bradshaw, George (1985) [July 1922]. July 1922 Railway Guide. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-8708-5. OCLC 12500436.
  • 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, Jack (February 1956). Allen, G. Freeman (ed.). "The end of Passenger Services on the Mansfield Railway". Trains Illustrated. Hampton Court, Surrey: Ian Allan Ltd. IX, No. 2.
  • Cupit, J.; Taylor, W. (1984) [1966]. The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway. Oakwood Library of Railway History (2nd ed.). Headington: Oakwood Press. ISBN 978-0-85361-302-2. OL19.
  • Dow, George (1965). Great Central, Volume Three: Fay Sets the Pace, 1900–1922. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-0263-0. OCLC 500447049.
  • DVD2 (2005). Diesels Along:-The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway. Chesterfield: Terminus Publications. DVD, stills and film with commentary, 60 mins.
  • Kaye, A.R. (1988). North Midland and Peak District Railways in the Steam Age, Volume 2. Chesterfield: Lowlander Publications. ISBN 978-0-946930-09-8.
  • Little, Lawson (Autumn 2002). Bell, Brian (ed.). "Lancshire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway (Part II) A lineside look at Langwith Junction: (1) the 1940s". Forward. Holton le Clay, Grimsby: Brian Bell for the Great Central Railway Society. 133. ISSN 0141-4488.
  • Ludlam, A.J. (March 2013). Kennedy, Rex (ed.). "The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway". Steam Days. Bournemouth: Redgauntlet 1993 Publications. 283. ISSN 0269-0020.
  • Lund, Brian (1999) [1991]. Nottinghamshire Railway Stations on old picture postcards. Keyworth: Reflections of a Bygone Age. ISBN 978-0-946245-36-9.
  • NoAuthor (2011) [1948]. British Railways Atlas 1947: The Last Days of the Big Four. Shepperton: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-3643-7.
  • Walker, Colin (1991). Eastern Region Steam Twilight, Part 2, North of Grantham. Llangollen: Pendyke Publications. ISBN 978-0-904318-14-2.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ludlam, A.J. (March 2013). Kennedy, Rex (ed.). "The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway". Steam Days. Bournemouth: Redgauntlet 1993 Publications. 283. ISSN 0269-0020.

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