Stairfoot railway station

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Place Stairfoot
Area Barnsley
Coordinates 53°32′42″N 1°26′14″W / 53.5451°N 1.4373°W / 53.5451; -1.4373Coordinates: 53°32′42″N 1°26′14″W / 53.5451°N 1.4373°W / 53.5451; -1.4373
Grid reference SE373055
Original company South Yorkshire Railway
Platforms 2
1851 opened
1957 closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Railway Clearing House diagram of 1911 including the junctions at Stairfoot

Stairfoot railway station was a railway station on the South Yorkshire Railway's main line between Mexborough and Barnsley. It was situated between Wombwell Central and Barnsley. The station was intended to serve the communities of Ardsley and Stairfoot, South Yorkshire, England.

The original station, which was called Ardsley, was situated close by the point where the Doncaster - Barnsley main road (A635) joins with the Rotherham - Barnsley road (A633) and was opened on 1 July 1851. It suffered a temporary closure between 1856 and April 1858 and was closed on 1 December 1871, being replaced by a new station built in the "Double Pavilion" style favoured by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.

The station was the scene of an accident on 12 December 1870, when a goods train divided, the rear section rolling backwards towards the platforms and colliding with stationary passenger train, killing 15 passengers and injuring 59 more.[1]

In due course the area around Stairfoot became a complex set of railway junctions and fly-overs. Joining the South Yorkshire Railway's line was a junction to the Barnsley Coal Railway, built in two sections to reach the West Riding and Grimsby Railway's main line at Notton, to the south of Wakefield. There was also a connection to the Hull and Barnsley Railway at Cudworth, whilst at a higher level the road and rail junctions were crossed by the Midland Railway line between Wombwell and Cudworth.

The station, which suffered heavily from bus competition, closed on 16 September 1957.

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Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Wombwell Central   BR Eastern Region
Doncaster-Barnsley Line
  Barnsley Court House
Dovecliffe   BR Eastern Region
Sheffield Victoria-Barnsley Line


  1. ^ Red for Danger by L.T.C. Rolt publ 1955, page 185-6