Wadsley Bridge railway station
Wadsley Station in January 2005.
|Area||City of Sheffield|
|Pre-grouping||Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Great Central Railway
|Post-grouping||London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
|14 July 1845||Opened|
|15 June 1959||Closed to regular passenger services|
|1996||Last used by football specials|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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The station opened on 14 July 1845 as part of the then Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway, on its original route from Bridgehouses in Sheffield (soon superseded by Sheffield Victoria) to Manchester London Road. This route became more popularly known as the Woodhead Line. The station stood on the north side of Halifax Road between Neepsend and Oughtibridge stations.
The station closed to regular passenger service on 15 June 1959, with the Woodhead Line itself closing to passengers in 1970. However, Wadsley Bridge railway station still saw occasional passenger use. summer specials were advertised until 31 October 1965, Sheffield–Huddersfield passenger trains continued to run through the station until 1983 and football specials used the station until 1996, serving Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium. Also, between 15 and 19 February 1979, British Rail temporarily reopened the station (along with Dronfield and the Midland Main Line platforms at Dore) because road transport throughout Sheffield had been brought to a standstill by heavy snowfall. All Sheffield–Huddersfield trains served the station during that period, and a special single fare of £0.16 was charged.
The station buildings survived until final closure, but have since been demolished. The two platforms remain, however they are in a visibly poor condition. Passing through the station is the single line from Sheffield to Stocksbridge - this has been retained for occasional freight workings to steel mills in Stocksbridge.
An old station sign, almost certainly from the signal box, can be seen attached to the adjacent John Fairest Funeral Home (see picture).
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Oughty Bridge||British Railways
Great Central Main Line
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 239. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- Subterranea Britannica - Wadsley Bridge station
- Sheffield Victoria and the Woodhead Route Archived 21 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- "British Rail News: Temporary Re-opening of Stations". Journal of the Transport Ticket Society. Luton: Transport Ticket Society (183): 121–122. March 1979. ISSN 0144-347X.
- The Woodhead Site - Wadsley Bridge station