Egginton Junction railway station

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Egginton Junction
Egginton Junction station, 1949 (geograph 5310137).jpg
Station in 1949.
Location
Place Egginton
Area South Derbyshire
Operations
Original company Great Northern Railway and North Staffordshire Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 4
History
1 July 1878[1] Opened
5 March 1962[2] 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
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Egginton Junction railway station is a former railway station in Egginton, Derbyshire.

History[edit]

The first station in Egginton was Egginton opened by the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) in 1849 with the opening on the line between Stoke-on-Trent and Derby at a location approximately 14 mile (0.4 km) west of the later station. In January 1878 the Great Northern Railway (GNR) opened on its Derbyshire Extension which made a junction with the NSR at Egginton.[3] Initially there was no provision for GNR trains to stop at Egginton so the two companies agreed to build a new station situated at the junction of the two lines. It was arranged in angle of the junction, with separate pairs of platforms for each company and opened on 1 July 1878.[4]

The new station was provided with substantial brick buildings; a two-storey station master's house and the usual single storey offices on the main GNR platform in the vee of the junction, with small timber-built waiting rooms on the two outer subsidiary platforms.

Regular passenger traffic on the GNR line from Friargate finished in 1939, although it saw excursions until 1959. The station then closed in 1962.[5] The Egginton Dairy creamery had a dedicated siding for the dispatch of milk trains around the country, until the mid-1960s.

Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line and station open
North Staffordshire Railway Terminus
Terminus Midland Railway
Line and station open
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line and station closed
Great Northern Railway
Line and station closed

Present day[edit]

The line from Friargate remained open for some years, being used as a test track by the British Rail Research Division. The station area was leased by a caravan dealer who later moved on. By 1974 the main station was derelict and would have been pulled down had not a building company bought it in 1978 and renovated it for use as offices. The NSR side of the station has disappeared, apart from the signal box which is still in use to supervise a level crossing and to act as the 'fringe' to Derby PSB.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 90.
  2. ^ Clinker, C.R. (October 1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830-1977. Bristol: Avon-AngliA Publications & Services. p. 45. ISBN 0-905466-19-5. 
  3. ^ "Great Northern Railway. Opening of the Ilkeston, West Hallam, Breadsall, Derby, Mickleover and Etwall stations for goods and coal traffic". Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal. 25 January 1878. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Quick, Michael (2009) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (4th ed.). Oxford: Railway and Canal Historical Society. ISBN 978-0-901461-57-5. OCLC 612226077. 
  5. ^ Higginson, M., (1989) The Friargate Line:Derby and the Great Northern Railway, Derby: Golden Pingle Publishing
  6. ^ "Egginton Junction Signal Box" Allsop, N; Geograph.org; Retrieved 7 April 2016

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 52°51′47″N 1°37′00″W / 52.863°N 1.6167°W / 52.863; -1.6167