Nottingham Arkwright Street railway station

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Nottingham Arkwright Street
Nottingham Arkwright Street station (1968).JPG
Nottingham Arkwright Street in 1968.
Place Nottingham
Area Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Grid reference SK57193821
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region (British Railways)
Platforms 2
15 March 1899 Opened (Arkwright Street)
24 May 1900 Renamed (Nottingham Arkwright Street)
4 March 1963 Closed
4 September 1967 Reopened
5 May 1969 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Nottingham Arkwright Street was a railway station in Nottingham on the former Great Central Main Line which ran from Manchester Piccadilly to London Marylebone. The station opened with the line in 1899 and closed in 1963 as part of rationalisation; it reopened four years later upon the closure of Nottingham Victoria railway station, only to close in 1969.



Nottingham Arkwright Street was built by the Great Central Railway and opened in 1899. It formed part of the long approach viaducts to the south of the city, running from Queen's Walk Yard to Thurland Street Tunnel. As a result of being atop the viaducts, it was one of only two examples of the original intermediate stations (together with Carrington) on the Great Central's London Extension not to be constructed to the favoured island platform design which facilitated future development.[1] Arkwright Street was instead built with twin side wooden platforms which were cantilevered out from the viaduct and approached by steps leading up from Arkwright Street.[2]

Whilst the line was only double track through Arkwright Street, immediately to the south for a distance of some half a mile the railway was quadrupled. This bisected an area of roughly 33 acres (130,000 m2), running parallel to Queen's Walk, and hence the area was known as Queen's Walk Yard. A carriage shed and locomotive depot, including a shed capable of accommodating 16 engines, were constructed on the up side, and a warehouse and goods, coal and timber yards on the down side.[3][4] The engine shed closed in 1909 due to the higher water rates imposed by Nottingham City, with locomotives moved to the larger Annesley shed to the north of the city.[5] The goods yard boasted one of the first goliath travelling cranes in England; it was electrically driven with a span of 60 feet (18 m), a headroom of 21 feet (6.4 m) and capable of lifting a full load of 25 tons at a rate of 5 feet per minute.[6] From Queen's Walk Yard there was also a short branch line to Clifton colliery.[7]

Passenger services commenced on the Great Central on 15 March 1899 with Arkwright Street as the line's temporary northern terminus pending the completion of Nottingham Victoria.[8]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
London Extension
  Nottingham Victoria
Line and station closed

Decline and closure[edit]

The last train to depart from Arkwright Street station on Saturday 3 May 1969

The more centrally-situated Nottingham Victoria was to supersede Arkwright Street which was to close in 1963 having been recommended for closure in the Beeching Report along with many other local stations on the route.

In 1966, however, the Great Central Main Line was closed as a through-route, with the only passenger trains to be retained being a DMU service between Nottingham and Rugby. Consequently, British Rail closed Nottingham Victoria station in 1967 (selling the lucrative city centre property for redevelopment), and hence Arkwright Street station was hastily reopened (one platform only) to provide the northern terminus of this truncated route. The station was served by six DMUs mainly during peak hours.

All passenger trains on the line were withdrawn in May 1969, and Arkwright Street station consequently closed on a permanent basis.

Present day[edit]

The station and viaducts carrying the railway were demolished around 1975 and the area was comprehensively redeveloped leaving no trace of the railway that ran through the Meadows.[9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dow, George (1962). Great Central: Volume 2 Dominion of Watkin 1864-1899. Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan Limited. pp. 328–329. 
  2. ^ Dow, G., op. cit. p. 313
  3. ^ Nottingham Arkwright Street on original Fowler surveys
  4. ^ Queen's Walk Yard on original Fowler surveys
  5. ^ Robotham, Robert (1999). Great Central Railway's London Extension. Shepperton: Ian Allan Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 0-7110-2618-1. 
  6. ^ Dow, G., op. cit. p. 313-314.
  7. ^ Clifton branch on original Fowler surveys
  8. ^ Healy, John M.C. (1987). Great Central Memories. London: Baton Transport. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-85936-193-4. 
  9. ^ Geograph.

Coordinates: 52°56′40″N 1°08′49″W / 52.9445°N 1.1469°W / 52.9445; -1.1469