Old North Road railway station

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Old North Road
Old North Road station Mar2009.jpg
Old North Road station
in March 2009
Place Longstowe
Area South Cambridgeshire
Grid reference TL316546
Original company Bedford & Cambridge Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways (1948-1958)
Eastern Region of British Railways (1958-1968)
Platforms 2
1 August 1862 Opened
19 April 1965[1] Closed to goods
1 January 1968 Closed to passengers[2]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Old North Road was a railway station on the Varsity Line which served the small village of Longstowe near Bourn in Cambridgeshire. As its name suggests, the station was located on the eastern side of the Old North Road, the A1198 road - a major Roman road which linked London with Lincoln. Opened in 1862, the station was located in a rural area and saw little passenger traffic; it closed together with the line in 1968.


Old North Road station was opened by the Bedford & Cambridge Railway as part of its line from Bedford, the construction of which began in April 1861.[3] The line was worked by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) from its opening in 1862, which acquired the Bedford & Cambridge in 1865.[4]

Simply laid out on the eastern side of the Old North Road which was crossed on the level, the station had two concrete facing platforms. The majority of the station buildings were situated on the northern Up side, including a goods shed and a type 5 LNWR signal box. A coal siding and cattle pens were located on the Down side.[5]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Gamlingay   British Railways
Varsity Line
  Lord's Bridge

Present day[edit]

The station buildings, signal box and goods shed have survived in private ownership, but the platforms have been filled in.[6]


  1. ^ Clinker, C.R. (October 1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830-1977. Bristol: Avon-AngliA Publications & Services. p. 104. ISBN 0-905466-19-5. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 177.
  3. ^ Simpson, Bill (1981). Oxford to Cambridge Railway (Vol. 2). Poole, Dorset: Oxford Publishing Co. p. 16. ISBN 0-86093-121-8. 
  4. ^ Davies, R.; Grant, M.D. (1984). Forgotten Railways: Chilterns and Cotswolds. Newton Abbot, Devon: David St John Thomas. p. 118. ISBN 0-946537-07-0. 
  5. ^ Simpson, B., p. 123-125.
  6. ^ The Friends of the National Railway Museum, Briefing 26, June 2002.

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Coordinates: 52°10′26″N 0°04′39″W / 52.1738°N 0.0774°W / 52.1738; -0.0774