Peartree railway station

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Peartree railway station
PlacePear Tree
Local authorityCity of Derby
Grid referenceSK356335
Station codePEA
Managed byEast Midlands Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 4,154
2014/15Increase 4,700
2015/16Increase 5,022
2016/17Decrease 4,132
2017/18Decrease 4,110
Original companyBirmingham and Derby Junction Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
12 August 1839Opened as Pear Tree and Normanton
4 March 1968Closed
4 October 1976Reopened and renamed Peartree
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Peartree from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Peartree railway station is a railway station serving the areas of Pear Tree, Normanton and Osmaston in the city of Derby, England. It is one of three stations remaining open in the city (the others being the main Derby station and Spondon), and is situated about one mile south of Derby station on the main line to Birmingham. For a short period Derby - Birmingham local services called at Peartree, but it is now served by two trains each way on Mondays to Saturdays on the Crewe to Derby Line, a community rail line also known as the North Staffordshire line. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Railway.


Originally called Pear Tree and Normanton, it was one of the original stations of the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway, opening on 12 August 1839. In 1868, a branch line to Melbourne was opened, diverging from the main line at Melbourne Junction immediately south of the station. This branch had been wholly closed to passenger traffic by 1930, and the diminished importance of Pear Tree and Normanton station as a result contributed to its closure on 4 March 1968.

On 4 October 1976, the branch line was partially reopened as far as Sinfin in order to transport workers to and from the Rolls-Royce plant there. As a result, the newly renamed Peartree station (note alternative spelling) was once again in use. Whereas Sinfin North was within Rolls-Royce property and hence accessible only to employees, Peartree and Sinfin Central had public access. Although the Sinfin branch was closed to passengers in 1998, Peartee has remained open as a result of its location on the main line. As a small suburban halt, main line services rarely stop here and the station is little used by passengers.


Access to the platforms is from Osmaston Park Road (part of the A5111 Derby ring road), which crosses the line immediately to the south of the station via locked gates which are opened for passengers who use the provided intercom. There are no station buildings or shelter, and the entrances were badly overgrown. In January 2007, the station was without signage denoting the location[1] and the platforms were in an exceedingly poor state of repair, but by April 2009 it had been refurbished with new lighting and new signs installed. As the station is unstaffed and with no ticket vending machines, passengers must purchase the ticket on board; the full range of tickets for travel are purchased from the guard on the train at no extra cost.


Peartree is currently served by three trains per weekday towards Crewe and two trains towards Derby as well as two trains per day in each direction on Saturdays.[2] There is no Sunday service. Trains on the Cross Country Route from Birmingham to Derby do not stop at Peartree though some stop at Willington (the next station along from Peartree).


  1. ^ "Britain's most unwanted station?" - article and photos of Peartree at Railfoto Archived 4 November 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 50

Further reading[edit]

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2016). Derby to Stoke-on-Trent. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 8-10. ISBN 9781908174932. OCLC 954271104.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
East Midlands Railway
Crewe-Derby Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
Disused railways
Sinfin North   Central Trains
Sinfin branch line

Coordinates: 52°53′50″N 1°28′22″W / 52.89728°N 1.47285°W / 52.89728; -1.47285