Ipstones railway station

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PlaceIpstones, Staffordshire
AreaStaffordshire Moorlands
Coordinates53°04′02″N 1°57′22″W / 53.0671°N 1.9562°W / 53.0671; -1.9562Coordinates: 53°04′02″N 1°57′22″W / 53.0671°N 1.9562°W / 53.0671; -1.9562
Grid referenceSK030522
Original companyNorth Staffordshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon Midland and Scottish Railway
5 June 1905Opened[1]
30 September 1935Closed to passengers[1]
4 May 1964Closed to freight[2]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Ipstones railway station was a railway station that served the village of Ipstones, Staffordshire. It was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) in 1905 and closed to passenger use in 1935,[3] but remained open to freight traffic until 1964.[2]

The station site today is used as a run round loop for trains on the heritage Churnet Valley Railway with plans to reopen a station on the site.[4]

Construction and opening[edit]

The station was on the NSR branch from Leekbrook Junction to Waterhouses. The single line branch was authorised on 1 March 1899 by the Leek, Caldon Low, and Hartington Light Railways Order, 1898.[5][6] and construction took several years.

The station at Ipstones was just before the summit of the line, which was also the highest point on the NSR, at 1,000 feet (304.8 m) above sea level.[7]

Station layout[edit]

The station had a single platform and limited goods facilities.[8] A passing loop was installed and Ipstones was a block section with Bradnop and Caldon Junction signalboxes.[9]

In NSR days the station staff comprised a Station Master, 1 porter and 2 porter/signalman.[10]


The branch line was never a financial success and passenger services were withdrawn on 30 September 1935.[11] The station remained open as a goods station until May 1964 when all traffic on the branch except mineral worksings from Caldon Low quarries was withdrawn.[2]

The site today[edit]

Mineral trains to Caldon Low continued until 1989 when the line was mothballed. The station buildings had been demolished although the station house still stands. In 2009 Moorland and City Railways purchased the line with the intention of reopening the line to mineral traffic from the quarry.[12] In 2014 this plan was placed on hold as the Competition Commission ruled that Lafarge Tarmac must sell one of its sites, possibly Caldon Low, so the heritage railway the Churnet Valley Railway are seeking to purchase the line.[13]

The Churnet Valley Railway ran the first services to Caldon Lowe in 2010 and reopened the loop at Ipstones in February 2014.[14]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Winkhill   North Staffordshire Railway
Waterhouses branch


  1. ^ a b Quick (2001), p. 225.
  2. ^ a b c Jeuda (1980), p. 68.
  3. ^ Christiansen & Miller (1971), p. 304.
  4. ^ "The Cauldon Branch". Churnet Valley Railway. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  5. ^ http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1899/mar/21/light-railways-act-1896 |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 21 March 1899. col. 1552.
  6. ^ "No. 27062". The London Gazette. 14 March 1899. p. 1761.
  7. ^ Christiansen (1997), p. 54.
  8. ^ Jeuda (1980), p. 70.
  9. ^ Jeuda (1980), p. 71.
  10. ^ Jeuda (1980), p. 73.
  11. ^ Christiansen & Miller (1971), p. 258.
  12. ^ "Steaming back to Cauldon Lowe". Heritage Railway. 25 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Leek railway line moves a step closer". Leek Post & Times. 12 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Winter Steam Gala 2014 at Churnet Valley Railway". Leek Post & Times. 26 February 2014.