Grimston railway station

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Place Grimston
Area Melton
Coordinates 52°46′56″N 0°57′56″W / 52.782159°N 0.965675°W / 52.782159; -0.965675Coordinates: 52°46′56″N 0°57′56″W / 52.782159°N 0.965675°W / 52.782159; -0.965675
Original company Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2[1]
2 Feb 1880[2] Station opens
4th Feb 1957[3] Closes to passengers and goods
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Grimston was a railway station serving Saxelbye village in the English county of Leicestershire. It was opened on the Midland Railway route between London and Nottingham via Corby.The station was formerly named Saxelbye, the name was changed after only 3 months to avoid confusion with Saxby, a few miles east of Melton Mowbray, on the Midland's other line between Leicester and Peterborough. The village of Grimston lies about one mile to the north west of the former Grimston station. The line still exists today as the Old Dalby Test Track.


The station was opened for goods (1st Nov 1879) [1] & passengers (2nd Feb 1880) [1] by the Midland Railway. The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.[4]

It was on its cut-off line from Melton Mowbray to Nottingham. The line was built to allow the railway company's expresses between London and the North to avoid reversal at Nottingham. It also improved access to and from the iron-ore fields in Leicestershire and Rutland. Local traffic was minimal and Grimston closed to passengers in 1957.[5]

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were handled by this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H, C and there was a 1-ton 10 cwt crane.[6]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Old Dalby   Midland Railway
Manton Route
  Melton Mowbray

Present day[edit]

Following the closure of the line as a through-route in 1968, the track between Melton Mowbray and Edwalton was converted for use as the Old Dalby Test Track, used initially for the Advanced Passenger Train project and, more recently, Class 390 Pendolino units.[5] The original station building was timber and did not survive, nor did the brick-built goods shed but the Up platform is still in existence and the former station master's house is now a private residence.


  1. ^ a b c Aldworth, Colin (2012). The Nottingham and Melton Railway 1872 - 2012. 
  2. ^ 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.  p. 110.
  3. ^ Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Station, Avon Anglia ISBN 0-905466-19-5
  4. ^ "Notes by the Way.". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 1 November 1884. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ a b Shannon, Paul (2007). Nottinghamshire (British Railways Past and Present). Kettering, Northants: Past & Present Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-85895-253-6. 
  6. ^ Official Handbook of Stations,British Transport Commission, 1956.

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