Upper Broughton railway station

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Upper Broughton
Upper Broughton Station.jpg
Location
Place Upper Broughton
Area Rushcliffe
Operations
Original company Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2[1]
History
2 February 1880[2] Station opens
31 May 1948[3] Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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Upper Broughton was a railway station serving Upper Broughton in the English county of Nottinghamshire. It was opened on the Midland Railway Manton direct route between London and Nottingham, avoiding Leicester. The line still exists today as the Old Dalby Test Track.

History[edit]

The station was opened for passengers on 2 February 1880[1] by the Midland Railway. The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.[4]

It was on its cut-off line from Melton Mowbray to Nottingham, which had opened the previous year to allow the railway company's expresses between London and the North to avoid reversal at Nottingham. It also improved access to and from the iron-ore fields in Leicestershire and Rutland. Local traffic was minimal and Upper Broughton closed to passengers as early as 1948.[5]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Widmerpool   Midland Railway
Manton Route
  Old Dalby

Present day[edit]

Following the closure of the line as a through-route in 1968, the track between Melton Mowbray and Edwalton was converted for use as the Old Dalby Test Track, used initially for the Advanced Passenger Train project, then much later the Class 390 Pendolino units.[6]

The line is currently being used for the testing of new LU SSL 'S stock' built by Bombardier, Derby.

The main station building on the roadside above the line remains in good condition, incorporated into the garden of the former station master's house, now a private residence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aldworth, Colin (2012). The Nottingham and Melton Railway 1872 - 2012. 
  2. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 237.
  3. ^ Clinker, C.R., (1978) Clinker’s Register of Closed Station, Avon Anglia ISBN 0-905466-19-5
  4. ^ "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)). 
  5. ^ Shannon, Paul (2007). Nottinghamshire (British Railways Past and Present). Kettering, Northants: Past & Present Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-85895-253-6. 
  6. ^ Shannon, P., p. 23.

Coordinates: 52°49′32″N 1°00′13″W / 52.8256°N 1.0037°W / 52.8256; -1.0037

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