Oakham railway station

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Oakham National Rail
Oakham railway station platforms.JPG
The station platforms
Location
Place Oakham
Local authority County of Rutland
Grid reference SK856090
Operations
Station code OKM
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 0.204 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.203 million
2014/15 Increase 0.208 million
2015/16 Increase 0.213 million
2016/17 Increase 0.221 million
History
Original company Midland Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 May 1848 (1848-05-01) Station opened
Listed status
Listed feature Oakham Railway station
Listing grade Grade II listed
Entry number 1252768[1]
Added to list 14 February 1990
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Oakham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
The front facade of Oakham railway station.

Oakham railway station serves the town of Oakham in Rutland, England. The station is situated almost halfway between Leicester – 27 miles (43 km) to the west – and Peterborough – 25 miles (40 km) eastward on the (as built) Syston and Peterborough Railway, the line is now part of the much bigger Birmingham to Peterborough Line.

Oakham is Rutland's only surviving passenger railway station. The line from Oakham to Kettering via Corby (which branches off just east of Oakham) until recently rarely saw use by passenger trains, being used almost exclusively by freight trains. Since the opening of Corby station it sees daily use with trains from London St Pancras, as well as the occasional use as a diversionary route for passenger trains normally using the Midland Main Line. The daily services to/from London serve Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford, and Luton.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Midland Railway on 1 May 1848. The building was designed by the company architect, Mr. Wood of London, and is Grade II listed.[1]

Station Masters[edit]

  • Frederick Neal ???? - 1850 (afterwards station master at Tamworth)
  • S. Wollerton ca. 1850s
  • Alfred Fewkes 1858 - 1865 (afterwards station master at Loughborough)
  • Joseph Kilby 1865 - 1876[2]
  • A. Chadwick ???? - 1886 - 1894[3]
  • Robert Herbert 1894 - 1905 (formerly station master at Dursley)
  • Charles Ravenhall 1905 - 1914 (formerly station master of Kegworth)
  • W.J. Wearn 1914 - 1924[4] (afterwards station master at Ilkley)
  • Ernest Shadwell 1924 - 1927[5] (afterwards station master at Matlock)
  • E.W. Conisbee 1928 - 1936[6] (formerly station master at Long Itchington)
  • Joseph Henry Marshall 1936 - 1940
  • Noel Manton 1940 - 1946[7] (formerly station master at Wilnecote)
  • Mr. Webber 1946 - ????

Buildings[edit]

The station building, the nearby level crossing signal box and footbridge are each listed buildings. The signal box was the prototype for the Airfix kit signal box.[8]

Since 2007 some of the station buildings have been used as the headquarters of the charitable organisation Change Agents UK.

Services[edit]

From Oakham there is an hourly service in both directions operated by CrossCountry, with some additional peak-hour trains. Services run westbound to Birmingham New Street via Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Narborough, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Coleshill Parkway whilst services eastbound run to Stansted Airport or Cambridge via Stamford, Peterborough, March, Ely and Audley End.[9]

Despite managing the station, East Midlands Trains (EMT) only operates a limited number of services to/from it. A few trains operate at either end of the day, mainly for train crew route knowledge retention purposes. An early morning service runs from Nottingham to Norwich and an evening service operates from Spalding via Peterborough to Nottingham.

The station retains a ticket office which is staffed part-time, a car park and help points for times where there are no staff present.

A single daily return service to London St Pancras commenced on 27 April 2009 running via Corby[10] and is notable for being the first regular passenger service to cross the spectacular and historic Welland Viaduct since 1966. The company introduced a further return service from Derby via East Midlands Parkway (for East Midlands Airport) from May 2010.[11] Further services may be introduced in the future.[12] The initial London service had been due to start on 14 December 2008 but because of a delay in reaching agreement with the Department for Transport and the rolling stock operating company (ROSCO) for the four additional trains needed for the service EMT started the service around four months later.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
CrossCountry
East Midlands Trains
Nottingham-Norwich (via Loughborough)
Limited Service
East Midlands Trains
Limited Service

Former services[edit]

The location of Oakham Station (shown on the pre-1966 network), which still serves the county town of Oakham.

Prior to the Beeching Axe trains used to stop at a number of smaller village destinations in Rutland. These were closed between 1961 and 1966.

Summary of former services[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Ashwell   Midland Railway
Leicester to Peterborough
Nottingham to Kettering
  Manton

Sample train timetable for July 1922[edit]

The table below shows the train departures from Oakham on weekdays in July 1922.[13] The basic services are Peterborough to Leicester and Kettering to Nottingham. In this timetable, Oakham is served by two London to Nottingham expresses, arriving in Oakham at 10.22 and 18.55. Southbound the only direct service is at 18.09, but two additional Nottingham to London expresses call at Manton with connections from Oakham at 08.43 and 11.05.

Departure Going to Calling at Arrival Operator
07.05 Leicester Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Humberstone Road, Leicester 08.30 MR
08.11 Kettering Manton, Harringworth, Gretton, Weldon & Corby, Geddington, Kettering 09.25 MR
08.21 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 09.33 MR
08.43 Manton Manton (Connects with Nottingham to London express at Manton) 09.25 MR
08.54 Leicester Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester 10.03 MR
10.11 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 11.20 MR
10.22 Nottingham Melton Mowbray, Nottingham (London to Nottingham express) 11.05 MR
11.05 Peterborough East Manton, Stamford, Peterborough North, Peterborough East (Connects with Nottingham to London express at Manton) 12.13 MR
11.15 Leicester Melton Mowbray, Leicester 11.56 MR
11.25 Nottingham Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham 12.40 MR
13.05 Kettering Manton, Harringworth, Gretton, Weldon & Corby, Geddington, Kettering 13.56 MR
13.09 Leicester Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Leicester 14.00 MR
13.58 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 15.08 MR
14.51 Melton Mowbray Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray 15.17 MR
16.28 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Uffington & Barnack, Helpston, Walton, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 17.37 MR
16.40 Leicester Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Syston, Leicester 17.32 MR
17.49 Nottingham Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham 19.03 MR
17.56 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 19.02 MR
18.09 London St Pancras Manton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Luton, London St Pancras (Nottingham to London express) 18.44 MR
18.13 Leicester Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Asfordby, Frisby, Brooksby, Rearsby, Syston, Leicester 19.13 MR
18.55 Nottingham Melton Mowbray, Nottingham (London to Nottingham express) 19.38 MR
19.10 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Helpston, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 20.20 MR
20.14 Nottingham Ashwell, Whissendine, Saxby, Melton Mowbray, Grimston, Old Dalby, Upper Broughton, Widmerpool, Plumtree, Edwalton, Nottingham 21.33 MR
21.20 Leicester Ashwell, Melton Mowbray, Syston, Leicester 22.08 MR
22.10 Peterborough East Manton, Luffenham, Ketton, Stamford, Peterborough North, Peterborough East 23.05 MR

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Oakham Railway Station (1252768)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 24 September 2017 
  2. ^ "Deaths". Grantham Journal. England. 1876. Retrieved 23 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Appointment of Station-Master". Grantham Journal. England. 28 July 1894. Retrieved 23 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "48 years' railway service". Northampton Mercury. England. 5 November 1937. Retrieved 23 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Oakham Stationmaster's New Appointment". Grantham Journal. England. 3 December 1927. Retrieved 23 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Oakham Stationmaster Retiring". Grantham Journal. England. 7 March 1936. Retrieved 23 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Oakham Stationmaster". Grantham Journal. England. 7 June 1946. Retrieved 23 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ http://www.airfixrailways.co.uk/SignalBox.htm
  9. ^ Table 47 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  10. ^ "Passengers from Melton Mowbray set to benefit from direct link to London". www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk. 7 April 2009. 
  11. ^ Table 53 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  12. ^ "Rail service could run north of town". Northants Evening Telegraph. 21 February 2008. 
  13. ^ Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, July 1922

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Coordinates: 52°40′21″N 0°44′04″W / 52.67250°N 0.73444°W / 52.67250; -0.73444