Simonstone railway station

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Simonstone
Location
Place Simonstone
Area Ribble Valley, Lancashire
Coordinates 53°47′54″N 2°20′35″W / 53.7984°N 2.3430°W / 53.7984; -2.3430Coordinates: 53°47′54″N 2°20′35″W / 53.7984°N 2.3430°W / 53.7984; -2.3430
Operations
Original company Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
History
15 October 1877 Opened[1]
2 December 1957 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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UK Railways portal
The Martholme Viaduct over the River Calder between Great Harwood and Simonstone looking in the direction of Simonstone
1948 Ordnance Survey map showing location of Simonstone station and local rail connections with Padiham railway station, Rose Grove railway station and Hapton railway station, the latter two on the main line and both still open

Simonstone railway station was located on the east side of Simonstone Lane, 0.75 miles (1 km) south of Simonstone centre and near Padiham, Lancashire, England. It was on a branch line (usually known as the Great Harwood loop) of the East Lancashire Line, from Burnley to Blackburn.

History[edit]

The line between Padiham and Rose Grove opened in 1875. West of Padiham it opened two years later as a result of difficulties in constructing the embankments between Great Harwood and Simonstone in the vicinity of Martholme Viaduct over the River Calder.

It was closed on 2 December 1957 and the station later demolished. The railway line from Burnley to Simonstone was partly retained as far as Blackburn Road, just west of Padiham, for continuing deliveries of coal to Padiham Power Station until the power station closed in 1993. The nearest station is now at Hapton, about 2 miles (3 km) south of Padiham.

Part of the old station site has been converted to an industrial estate.

The Martholme Viaduct on the line between Simonstone and Great Harwood remains and is about 2.5 miles (4 km) west.

Greenway[edit]

Lancashire County Council began work in 2005 to convert part of the line to a footpath/bridleway/cycle path to be called Padiham Greenway. The route stretches from Mollywood Lane, Rose Grove to Padiham Memorial Park and is about 1.5 miles (2 km) long.[2] The Greenway was officially opened on 24 June 2010. It links to the River Calder Greenway and the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to form a circular route and also has a branch to Gawthorpe Hall a National Trust property in Padiham. The route also links to the East Lancashire line at Hapton, Rose Grove and Burnley Barracks.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ Padiham Greenway with maps and pictures at the Lancashire County Council website
  3. ^ Padiham Greenway description at Community Rail Lancashire website


Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Great Harwood
Line and station closed
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Great Harwood Loop
  Padiham
Line and station closed