Parkgate and Aldwarke railway station

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Parkgate and Aldwarke
Location
PlaceParkgate
AreaRotherham
Coordinates53°27′03″N 1°19′55″W / 53.450720°N 1.331954°W / 53.450720; -1.331954Coordinates: 53°27′03″N 1°19′55″W / 53.450720°N 1.331954°W / 53.450720; -1.331954
Grid referenceSK444950
Operations
Original companyManchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
Pre-groupingGreat Central Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Platforms2
History
1873opened
1951closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Parkgate and Aldwarke railway station was a railway station situated in Parkgate a district of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England on the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway company's line between Rotherham Road and Kilnhurst Central. The station, opened in July 1873, was originally known as "Aldwarke", taking its name from the local manor house nearby which it served along with 8 or 9 servants cottages and a small farmstead. The principal reason for the building of the station, however, was its close proximity to two local collieries, Aldwarke Main and Roundwood. The stopping passenger service fitted in with the requirements of the shift workers at collieries and with many workers living in Rotherham it was recorded that over 100 men would arrive at the station for the early shift alone.

The station was built in the M.S.& L.R. "Double Pavilion" style with the main buildings on the Doncaster-bound platform and a waiting shelter on the other. The station also had the only wall drinking-fountain on the line, a feature of many M.S.& L.R. rebuilt stations. The station facilities included a small goods yard with two sidings and a carriage and cattle dock.

The station was closed to passengers on 29 October 1951.

The access to the station, its sidings and both Aldwarke and Roundwood collieries was controlled by a signal box, named Aldwarke Main, situated some 100 yards on the Doncaster side of the station.

References[edit]

  • D.L.Franks, "Parkgate and Aldwarke station signal box" "Forward", the journal of the Great Central Railway Society, No.77 (May 1990), page 1-5. ISSN 0141-4488.
  • Station on navigable O.S. map Station is the closed one next to the still open (on this map) Parkgate and Rawmarsh station.


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Rotherham Road   Eastern Region of British Railways
Sheffield Victoria-Doncaster Line
  Kilnhurst Central