Warsop railway station

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Warsop
Location
Area Nottinghamshire
Coordinates 53°11′55.41″N 1°9′33.5″W / 53.1987250°N 1.159306°W / 53.1987250; -1.159306Coordinates: 53°11′55.41″N 1°9′33.5″W / 53.1987250°N 1.159306°W / 53.1987250; -1.159306
Grid reference SK 562 671
Operations
Original company LD&ECR
Pre-grouping Great Central Railway
Post-grouping LNER
British Railways
Platforms 2
History
8 March 1897 Opened
19 September 1955 Closed to regular traffic
After August 1976 Closed completely[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
1950 Excursion Advert

Warsop railway station is a former railway station in Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway in March 1897 and closed by British Railways in 1955. The station building made use of the LD&ECR's standard modular architecture.[2][3][4][5]

After leaving Shirebrook North station, the line crossed the Midland Nottingham to Worksop line (now the Robin Hood Line and passed the LD&ECR Warsop yard near Warsop Junction. These yards are still in use, currently by EWS. To the north was a branch to Warsop Main Colliery with extensive marshalling yards, now closed.[6][7]

Shortly after this, in the days when the line was built, the line ran into countryside, crossing Warsop Vale, and arrived at Warsop station.[8] These were in the days before the deep mines appeared penetrating the limestone cap.

Between Warsop and Edwinstowe the line climbed from the valley of the River Meden, heading for that of the River Maun. This was the beginning of the area known as The Dukeries, heavily promoted in the railway's literature in the hope of attracting tourist trade.

It passed by Warsop Windmill, where the GCR were later to provide a branch to Welbeck Colliery before reaching Clipstone, where it had been planned to build a branch to Mansfield. Instead it had built a curve into the Midland Railway line mentioned above. Sidings, however, were provided for the Duke of Portland. Further on into the Maun valley the GCR did build a junction for Mansfield Central, initially facing Lincoln, but then converted to a triangular one. Latterly this extended only to a group of collieries, all now closed.

Passenger Services[edit]

There never was a Sunday service calling at Warsop.

In 1922 the advertised services were:

Eastbound

  • 1 train to Nottingham Victoria via Mansfield Central
  • 4 trains to Mansfield Central, with two extra on Saturdays
  • 2 trains to Lincoln High Street (later renamed Lincoln Central, now plain Lincoln), with an extra on Friday, Lincoln's Market Day

Westbound

  • 4 trains to Chesterfield Market Place, with two extra on Saturdays
  • 1 to Langwith Junction (later renamed Shirebrook North) on Fridays
  • 1 to Langwith Junction (later renamed Shirebrook North) on Saturdays

Passengers aiming for Mansfield on Saturday evenings could catch the 22:44, non-stop Eastbound to Mansfield Central or wait for the 23:38 westbound to Langwith Junction which doubled back down what is now the Robin Hood Line to the Midland station at Mansfield, arriving at Midnight.[9]

The position in August 1939 was not greatly changed, though the late train to Mansfield Central had disappeared.[10]

By the Summer of 1964 all regular timetabled local services had been gone for nine years, but it was still possible to catch a train to Mablethorpe or Skegness, or even to Radford via the Warsop to Shirebrook Junction curve, but it would be the following Saturday before a direct train back.[11][12]

Modern Times[edit]

The line through the station site gives access from Shirebrook to UK Coal's Thoresby Colliery and to the High Marnham Test Track.

Since the closure of Thoresby Colliery, the traffic on the line has rapidly decreased and the line only has the High Marnham Test Track trains running every few months.

There is some hope of reopening the line as a branch off the Robin Hood Line and reopening Warsop, Edwinstowe and Ollerton stations, providing an hourly service to Mansfield and Nottingham.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt 1995, p. 241.
  2. ^ Anderson & Cupit 2000, p. 49.
  3. ^ DVD2 2005, 11 to 17 mins from start.
  4. ^ Warsop station photos PictureThePast
  5. ^ Booth 2013, p. 15.
  6. ^ Cupit & Taylor 1984, p. 17.
  7. ^ Anderson 2013, p. 337.
  8. ^ Ludlam 2013, p. 134.
  9. ^ Bradshaw 1985, p. 718.
  10. ^ Bradshaw, August 1939 flickr
  11. ^ 1964 Working Timetable (Up) flickr
  12. ^ 1964 Working Timetable (Down flickr
  13. ^ Lambourne, Helen (22 July 2009). "New bid to extend rail link to Ollerton". Worksop Today. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 

Sources[edit]

  • Anderson, Paul (June 2013). Hawkins, Chris, ed. "Out and About with Anderson". Railway Bylines. Clophill: Irwell Press Ltd. 18 (7). ISSN 1360-2098. 
  • Anderson, Paul; Cupit, Jack (2000). An Illustrated History of Mansfield's Railways. Clophill: Irwell Press. ISBN 978-1-903266-15-1. 
  • Booth, Chris (2013). The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway A pictorial view of the "Dukeries Route" and branches. Two: Langwith Junction to Lincoln, the Mansfield Railway and Mid Nott's Joint Line. Blurb. 06884827. 
  • Bradshaw, George (1985) [July 1922]. July 1922 Railway Guide. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-8708-5. OCLC 12500436. 
  • 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 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Cupit, Jack (February 1956). Allen, G. Freeman, ed. "The end of Passenger Services on the Mansfield Railway". Trains Illustrated. Hampton Court, Surrey: Ian Allan Ltd. IX (2). 
  • Cupit, J.; Taylor, W. (1984) [1966]. The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway. Oakwood Library of Railway History (2nd ed.). Headington: Oakwood Press. ISBN 978-0-85361-302-2. OL19. 
  • DVD2 (2005). Diesels Along:-The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway. Chesterfield: Terminus Publications. DVD, stills and film with commentary, 60 mins. 
  • Ludlam, A.J. (March 2013). Kennedy, Rex, ed. "The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway". Steam Days. Bournemouth: Redgauntlet 1993 Publications. 283. ISSN 0269-0020. 

External links[edit]

Former Services
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Shirebrook North
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
LD&ECR
  Edwinstowe
Line and station closed
    Mansfield Central
Line and station closed
Shirebrook West
Station open, line closed
  British Railways
Summer Saturdays 1963-4
  Edwinstowe
Line and station closed