Newark Castle railway station

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Newark Castle National Rail
2017 at Newark Castle station - platform 1.JPG
The station building on Platform 1
Local authorityNewark and Sherwood
Grid referenceSK795543
Station codeNCT
Managed byEast Midlands Trains
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.240 million
2014/15Increase 0.539 million
2015/16Increase 0.572 million
2016/17Increase 0.752 million
2017/18Increase 0.767 million
Key datesOpened 3 August 1846 (3 August 1846)
Listed status
Listed featureCastle Railway Station, Great North Road
Listing gradeGrade II listed
Entry number1228701[1]
Added to list19 May 1971
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Newark Castle from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Newark Castle railway station is a Grade II listed[1] railway station which serves the town of Newark in Nottinghamshire, England.


It was built in 1846 for the Midland Railway in the Italianate style. It is on the Nottingham to Lincoln Line, owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) train operating company (TOC) who provide all services. Its name comes from the nearby castle. The other station in Newark is Newark North Gate.

Station Masters[edit]

  • Joseph Pettifor 1846 - 1848
  • John Gill 1848 - 1854
  • Edwin Alfred Pakeman 1854 -1856
  • Charles Appleby ca. 1864
  • Robert Michie 1865 - 1867[2] (formerly station master at Loughborough, afterwards station master at Leicester)
  • B. Broadhurst 1875 - 1885[3]
  • Daniel Shipp 1885[4] - 1895 (formerly station master at Wisbech)
  • Thomas A. Watford 1895[5] - 1911 (formerly station master at Tamworth)
  • William S. Orchard 1911 - 1927[6]
  • Frank G. Sugars 1927 - 1934 (formerly station master at Pye Bridge)


A service to Matlock

Trains run hourly towards Lincoln eastbound, and half hourly to Nottingham westbound. Mondays to Saturdays, the Nottingham trains continue on alternately to Leicester and to Matlock via Derby. Prior to the May 2017 timetable change there was only a limited service on Sundays, with trains running as far as Nottingham.[7] From 21 May 2017, the Sunday service has been improved significantly, with hourly departures in each direction from mid-morning.[8]

EMT supplement peak time services with a daily return train from Lincoln to London St Pancras International Monday to Saturday.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
East Midlands Trains
Midland Main Line
(limited service)

Toilets are available with a small waiting area. The station provides two shelters, bicycle storage, timetables and modern 'Help Points'.

Future developments[edit]

Newark and Sherwood district and Nottinghamshire county councils and East Midlands Trains are in discussion to make the station the principal station on the Nottingham to Lincoln Line. A proposal to extend the Matlock - Nottingham service as far as Newark Castle will give the town a half-hourly service to Nottingham throughout the day. A draft consultation took place the autumn of 2014 place and services duly commenced in May 2015. Initially they ran only on weekdays, but from May 2016, these also run on Saturdays.

The Midland Railway signal box situated by the station is expected to close during 2015, with all signalling henceforth controlled from the East Midlands Control Centre (EMCC) at Derby.

A new ticket office, waiting room and toilets facilities are due to be opened at the station in Autumn 2015.[9]


East Coast Main Line
Nottingham to Lincoln Line
Newark Crossing
Newark North Gate
Newark Castle
Great North Road
Nottingham to Lincoln Line
East Coast Main Line
  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Castle Railway Station, Great North Road (1228701)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 30 December 2016
  2. ^ "Retirement of the Midland Station Master". Leicester Chronicle. England. 28 March 1896. Retrieved 3 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Presentation to the late Newark Station Master". Cheltenham Chronicle. England. 10 March 1885. Retrieved 3 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Wisbech". Stamford Mercury. England. 2 January 1885. Retrieved 3 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Presentation to Mr. T.A. Watford". Tamworth Herald. England. 26 January 1895. Retrieved 3 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Newark LMS Station Mastership". Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal. England. 17 June 1927. Retrieved 3 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 27
  8. ^ Table 27 National Rail timetable, May 2017
  9. ^


  • David Marshall Smith (1965) The industrial archaeology of the East Midlands: Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and the adjoining parts of Derbyshire. Industrial archaeology of the British Isles (David & Charles) page 263

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Coordinates: 53°04′50″N 0°48′48″W / 53.08056°N 0.81333°W / 53.08056; -0.81333