Grimsargh railway station

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Grimsargh
Grim002.jpg
Late 1970s, looking south, towards Preston, over site of level crossing
Location
Place Preston Road, Grimsargh
Area Preston
Coordinates 53°48′15″N 2°37′52″W / 53.8043°N 2.6310°W / 53.8043; -2.6310Coordinates: 53°48′15″N 2°37′52″W / 53.8043°N 2.6310°W / 53.8043; -2.6310
Operations
Original company Preston and Longridge Railway (main station)
Lancashire County Council (hospital station)
Pre-grouping Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway/London and North Western Railway (main station)
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway (main station)
Platforms 2 (1 per station)
History
1 May 1840 Main station opened
1870 Station building erected
1889 Hospital station opened
31 May 1930 Main station closed to passengers
29 June 1957 Hospital station closed
9 November 1967 Main station closed to goods
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Site of the former station, in 2007. The footpath on the right follows the course of the dismantled line.
Maps showing
Grimsargh Station
Old OS Maps (estimated 1925 to 1945)
NPE Maps (1947-48)
Vision of Britain  
OS 1:10000 Map on MARIO (about 1850)
Other maps

53°48′15″N 2°37′52″W / 53.8043°N 2.6310°W / 53.8043; -2.6310

Grimsargh railway station was on the single track Preston and Longridge Railway. It served the village of Grimsargh in Lancashire, England.

When the line first opened in 1840, wagons carrying quarried stone ran downhill from Longridge to Preston and were hauled in the other direction by horses.[1] There were rudimentary passenger facilities at Grimsargh — the nearby Plough Hotel was used as a booking office. It was not until 1870 that a proper station building was constructed, when the line was run jointly by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and the London and North Western Railway.[2]

In 1889, the privately run Whittingham Hospital Railway was opened to a second Grimsargh Station which was diagonally opposite the level crossing from the main station. This station had a run-around loop and a connection with the Longridge line facing in the direction of Longridge. Two sidings were also provided. On a single short platform, the station building comprised an open fronted shed of brick and wood with an overall roof and canopy. The building was some 40 ft (12 m) in length by 12 ft (3.6 m) wide with a 10 ft (3 m) waiting room at the Longridge end.[3] Hospital trains were timed to connect with trains to and from Preston.[4]

The Longridge-to-Preston line closed to passengers in 1930, but the hospital line continued to be used until 1957 when its single steam locomotive was condemned. The Longridge line's goods service was finally withdrawn in 1967.[5] The station's buildings were demolished in the late 1970s and houses built on the site, the new houses following the alignment of the former station buildings.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Till, pp.88–89
  2. ^ Suggitt, p.51
  3. ^ Biddle, pl. 45 and map
  4. ^ Suggitt, p.56
  5. ^ Suggitt, pp.52, 53, & 57

References[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Ribbleton
towards Preston
  L&YR / L&NWR joint
Preston and Longridge Railway
  Longridge
Terminus
Terminus   Whittingham Hospital Railway   Whittingham Hospital
Terminus