Ipstones railway station
|Original company||North Staffordshire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London Midland and Scottish Railway|
|5 June 1905||Opened|
|30 September 1935||Closed to passengers|
|4 May 1964||Closed to freight|
|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, but remained open to freight traffic until 1964.
Construction and opening
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. 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.
The branch line was never a financial success and passenger services were withdrawn on 30 September 1935. 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as a goods station until May 1964 when all traffic on the branch except mineral worksings from Caldon Low quarries was withdrawn.
The site today
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. 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.
The Churnet Valley Railway ran the first services to Caldon Lowe in 2010 and reopened the loop at Ipstones in February 2014.
|Preceding station||Historical railways||Following station|
|Winkhill||North Staffordshire Railway
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