West Hallam railway station

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West Hallam
West Hallam station house.jpg
The former station house is now a garden centre.
Location
Place Stanley and West Hallam
Area Erewash
Operations
Original company Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
1 April 1878[1] Opened
7 September 1964[2] Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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West Hallam railway station was a railway station located between the villages of Stanley and West Hallam in Derbyshire, England. It was opened by the Great Northern Railway (Great Britain) on its Derbyshire Extension in 1878.

History[edit]

The station was originally called Stanley, but its name was quickly changed to West Hallam for Dale Abbey to avoid confusion with another station in Yorkshire. It was provided with substantial brick buildings; a two-storey station master's house and the usual single storey offices on the main platform with a small timber waiting room on the other.

On a Sunday evening in October 1884 Godfrey Bostock (68) and his wife Mary (67), who lived in Kimberley and had been visiting relatives in Smalley Common, were killed while crossing the track at West Hallam Station. Apparently they mistook a light engine working from Derby as their train and while hurrying to cross the line to the platform were both hit and died immediately from head injuries. Following a recommendation of the coroner at their inquest, West Hallam became one of the few intermediate stations on the line to be given a footbridge.[3]

Beside the presence of productive collieries, it was particularly busy during World War II due to a nearby ordnance depot, a satellite of that at Chilwell. Sunday passengers services finished in 1939, and it closed completely in 1964.

From Ilkeston the line climbed through West Hallam to a summit at Morley Tunnel before descending towards Breadsall.[4]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Ilkeston North   London Midland Region of British Railways
(Derby) Friargate Line
  Breadsall

Present day[edit]

Most signs of the railway have disappeared apart from the station building itself. Part was demolished on closure, but the main part is now a private dwelling known as 'Station House'. The large cutting which took the line from the station past Stanley was filled in using spoil from the neighbouring former Stanley colliery so that the route of the line can only be established by using field boundaries today.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Sparkford, ISBN 1-85260-508-1, p. 245.
  2. ^ Clinker, C.R. (October 1978). Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830-1977. Bristol: Avon-AngliA Publications & Services. p. 143. ISBN 0-905466-19-5. 
  3. ^ Newspaper report, Ilkeston Advertiser 11 October 1884
  4. ^ Higginson, M., (1989) The Friargate Line:Derby and the Great Northern Railway, Derby: Golden Pingle Publishing

Coordinates: 52°57′49″N 1°22′05″W / 52.9636°N 1.3680°W / 52.9636; -1.3680