Wadsley Bridge railway station

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Wadsley Bridge
Wadsley Bridge Station 08-01-05.jpg
Wadsley Station in January 2005.
Location
Place Wadsley Bridge
Area City of Sheffield
Coordinates 53°25′08″N 1°29′57″W / 53.418880°N 1.499170°W / 53.418880; -1.499170Coordinates: 53°25′08″N 1°29′57″W / 53.418880°N 1.499170°W / 53.418880; -1.499170
Grid reference SK334915
Operations
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
Platforms 2
History
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
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Wadsley Bridge railway station was a station in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England on the Great Central Railway's core route between Manchester and Sheffield.

History[edit]

The station opened on 14 July 1845 as part of the then Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway,[1] on its original route from Bridgehouses in Sheffield (soon superseded by Sheffield Victoria) to Manchester London Road.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.[2]

The station closed to regular passenger service on 15 June 1959,[2][1] with the Woodhead Line itself closing to passengers in 1970.[3] However, Wadsley Bridge railway station still saw occasional passenger use. summer specials were advertised until 31 October 1965,[3] Sheffield–Huddersfield passenger trains continued to run through the station until 1983[2] and football specials used the station until 1996, serving Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium.[2][3] 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.[4]

Present[edit]

Old station sign at John Fairest Funeral Home.

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.[5]

An old station sign, almost certainly from the signal box, can be seen attached to the adjacent John Fairest Funeral Home (see picture).

The weighbridge has recently (2008) been removed and reconstructed at Levisham railway station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Oughty Bridge   British Railways
Great Central Main Line
  Neepsend

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 239. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ a b c d Subterranea Britannica - Wadsley Bridge station
  3. ^ a b c Sheffield Victoria and the Woodhead Route Archived 21 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ The Woodhead Site - Wadsley Bridge station

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