Shottle railway station

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Shottle Station 2009.jpg
Passenger stock on a test run waits at Shottle in September 2009.
Place Shottle
Area Derbyshire
Coordinates 53°01′06″N 1°32′51″W / 53.0184°N 1.5474°W / 53.0184; -1.5474Coordinates: 53°01′06″N 1°32′51″W / 53.0184°N 1.5474°W / 53.0184; -1.5474
Original company Midland Railway
Platforms 1
1 October 1867 opened
16 June 1947 closed (passenger)
2 March 1964 closed (goods)
9 August 2014 Reopened
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Shottle Railway Station is the second intermediate station on the former Midland Railway branch line to the small town of Wirksworth in Derbyshire. The line is off the Midland Main Line at Duffield railway station, the first being Hazelwood.

Shottle Railway station was reopened on 9 August 2014, by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.


The station is located just off the A517 road, which is the main route from Belper to Ashbourne. New access has been created, and passengers can now access the station from the step entrance off the A517 Belper - Ashbourne Road, near to the cross-roads with the B5023. Disabled access is currently still under construction at this time. Note that the road to the east of the line is private, belonging to the company which owns the station buildings. Note also that it is a request-only stop.

The nearest settlement to the station is the group of dwellings and public house at the road junction, known as Cowers Lane. However, the station is more or less equidistant from the two slightly larger settlements of Turnditch to the west, and Shottlegate to the east.


Opened with other stations on the branch line to Wirksworth on 1 October 1867, it was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.[1]

Shottle remained open until 16 June 1947, when the Wirksworth branch passenger service was withdrawn on a temporary basis in response to postwar fuel shortages. This was made permanent with effect from May 1949, when the line was removed from the summer timetable. Freight facilities remained rail-served at Shottle until 2 March 1964, while the branch continued to be used for mineral traffic until December 1989.

The station buildings, platform and former railway cottages remain, the former and part of the station yard being owned by a local oil distribution company who use the building as their headquarters and have repaired its structure in a sympathetic manner. Public access to the site is limited.

The Branch is owned by WyvernRail plc and forms part of the Heritage Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. The section of the line through Shottle is now in use by passenger services (as is the station itself that has now recently reopened to passengers for the very first time in 65 years since 1947). However, the platform is open (but the station building remains within privacy).

Principal traffic on this section comprises road/rail plant that uses the line as part of a formal acceptance procedure for the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). To support these operations, siding space has been reinstated at the site.

During the 2012 season, a passing loop was constructed at Shottle, allowing train services to continue while the platform was being rebuilt, and the pointwork at the southern end having slewed into a Y-shape over the winter months. A temporary 8 miles per hour (13 km/h) speed limit is in place. As of March 2016, two-train running is now possible following completion of rebuilding work, increasing train services to approximately seven round-trip services a day.


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Hazelwood   Midland Railway
Wirksworth Branch
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Duffield   Ecclesbourne Valley Railway   Idridgehay


  1. ^ "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)). 

Print references[edit]

  • Sprenger, Howard (2004). The Wirksworth Branch. London: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-625-6. 

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