Old Dalby railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Old Dalby
Old Dalby nuclear flask test-by-Brian-Robert-Marshall.jpg
Test site of nuclear flask test south of Old Dalby station.
Place Old Dalby
Area Melton
Coordinates 52°48′34″N 0°59′37″W / 52.8095°N 0.9937°W / 52.8095; -0.9937Coordinates: 52°48′34″N 0°59′37″W / 52.8095°N 0.9937°W / 52.8095; -0.9937
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2[1]
2 February 1880[2] Station opens
1 June 1964[3] Closes to goods
18 April 1966 Closes to passengers
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Old Dalby railway station served Old Dalby in the English county of Leicestershire. It was opened on the Midland Railway Melton direct route between London and Nottingham, avoiding Leicester. The line still exists today as the Old Dalby Test Track.


The station was opened for goods on 1 November 1879[1] and to passengers on 2 February 1880[1] by the Midland Railway. The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.[4]

It was on its cut-off line from Melton Mowbray to Nottingham, which had opened the previous year to allow the railway company's expresses between London and the North to avoid reversal at Nottingham. It also improved access to and from the iron-ore fields in Leicestershire and Rutland. Local traffic was minimal but the presence of two army bases built during the last war and the exchange sidings traffic prolonged the life of the station but it eventually succumbed and closed to passengers in 1966.[5]

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were handled by this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H, C and there was a 1-ton 10 cwt crane.[6]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Upper Broughton   Midland Railway
Manton Route

Present day[edit]

Following the closure of the line as a through-route in 1968, the track between Melton Mowbray and Edwalton was converted for use as the Old Dalby Test Track, used initially for the Advanced Passenger Train project and, more recently, for Class 390 Pendolino units.[7] The station building was timber and did not survive but the timber goods shed still exists. Old Dalby was the site of the original control centre for the line in BR days equipped with utility buildings and a small workshop. Later the operations centre was moved to Asfordby when Alstom took over. Today there are still sidings at Old Dalby and an enlarged workshop and new track layout to accommodate the LUL trains on test. The transformer and 750DC power supply for the 3rd/4th rail system is also located here. The station master's house survives by the roadside as a private residence and the weighbridge as a domestic garage.


  1. ^ a b c Aldworth, Colin (2012). The Nottingham and Melton Railway 1872 - 2012. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 177.
  3. ^ Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Station, Avon Anglia ISBN 0-905466-19-5
  4. ^ "Notes by the Way.". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 1 November 1884. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Shannon, Paul (2007). Nottinghamshire (British Railways Past and Present). Kettering, Northants: Past & Present Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-85895-253-6. 
  6. ^ Official Handbook of Stations,British Transport Commission, 1956.
  7. ^ Shannon, P., p. 23.

External links[edit]