Great Longstone for Ashford railway station

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Great Longstone for Ashford
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The remains of Great Longstone for Ashford, showing the Monsal Trail and former platforms and station building
Area Derbyshire Dales
Coordinates 53°14′12″N 1°42′21″W / 53.2367°N 1.7059°W / 53.2367; -1.7059Coordinates: 53°14′12″N 1°42′21″W / 53.2367°N 1.7059°W / 53.2367; -1.7059
Original company Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
1 June 1863 Station opens as Longstone
1 October 1913 renamed Great Longstone for Ashford
10 September 1962 Closed to regular passenger services
6 March 1967 Final closure
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Monsal Trail
to Buxton
Midland Railway
to Peak Forest
Topley Pike junction
Chee Tor Nº1 tunnel
Millers Dale
Millers Dale viaducts
Litton Tunnel (
516 yd
472 m
Cressbrook Tunnel (
471 yd
431 m
Monsal Dale
Headstone Viaduct
Headstone Tunnel (
533 yd
487 m
Great Longstone
Coombs Road viaduct(end of trail)
Haddon Tunnel (
1058 yd
967 m
Rowsley(proposed extension)
Rowsley South
Darley Dale
Matlock Riverside
Peak Rail line


Great Longstone for Ashford railway station was a station which served Great and Little Longstone in the Peak District of Derbyshire. It was opened in 1863 by the Midland Railway on its extension of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway from Rowsley.

Originally known as Longstone railway station, in 1913 it was renamed Great Longstone for Ashford (Ashford-in-the-Water). Once the London, Midland and Scottish Railway reached Manchester the line carried expresses to London St Pancras and heavy mineral traffic.

It closed in 1962,[3] except that, for a short time, one train a day in each direction continued to stop to allow a local resident, Mrs A Boardman, to travel to work, an episode immortalised by the British Movietone film It Only Stops For Her..[4] Trains continued to pass through the station until 1968 when the line was closed.

The building, designed to match the nearby Thornbridge Hall, is Grade II listed[5] and survives as a domestic residence, and the trackbed through the station is part of the 8.5 miles (13.7 km) Monsal Trail, a walk and cycleway. Access to the Monsal Trail can be made at Great Longstone for Ashford railway station, via steps from in front of Thornbridge Hall and Thornbridge Outdoors (on a small paved track just off Longstone Lane).


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Monsal Dale   Monsal Trail   Hassop


  1. ^ "Monsal Trail Derbyshire Peak District Litton Cressbrook Mill Cycling Bike Track Disused Railway". Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Monsal Trail structures". Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ British Movietone News (1962) It only Stops For Her
  5. ^ Historic England, "Downside (1109901)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 March 2017 
  • Truman, P., Hunt, D., (1989) Midland Railway Portrait, Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing
  • Radford, B., (1988) Midland Though The Peak, Unicorn Books

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