Oakley (Bedford) railway station

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Oakley
Location
Place Oakley
Area Borough of Bedford
Operations
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
History
8 May 1857 Opened
15 September 1958 Closed (passenger)[1]
1963 Closed (goods)[2]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Oakley railway station was built by the Midland Railway in 1857 on its extension from Leicester to Bedford and Hitchin.

It was closed to passengers in 1958 and closed completely in 1963. The station buildings remain in a dilapidated state though the goods yard is used by a haulage company.

About a mile (2 km) north of the station is the point where the Midland installed its first troughs to allow locomotives to pick up water. The river valley here is very flat, and the line crosses it seven times in the space of about 7 miles (11 km). The line is elevated because of problems with flooding. Even the local roads have raised walkways.[3]

Croxhall opened in 1840 by the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway was previously known as Oakley but was renamed on 1 December previously.[4]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Sharnbrook   Midland Railway
Midland Main Line
  Bedford

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  3. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  4. ^ Pixton, B., (2005) Birmingham-Derby: Portrait of a Famous Route, Runpast Publishing

Coordinates: 52°10′22″N 0°31′09″W / 52.1729°N 0.5192°W / 52.1729; -0.5192