Derby Nottingham Road railway station


Derby Nottingham Road railway station
Derby Nottingham Road
Operations
Original company Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
History
1 September 1856 Station opened
6 March 1967 Station closed[1]
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Derby Nottingham Road railway station was a railway station about half a mile north of Derby station on the Midland Railway line from Derby to Leeds.

One effect of the railways was that racing became a national sport with owners being able to transport their horses over much larger distances. Most racecourses had a nearby railway station with suitable facilities. Derby Racecourse opened in 1848 right next to the Midland line beside the Nottingham Road. It is now the County Cricket Ground, the only remnant of the old racecourse being the Grandstand Hotel.

The station opened in 1856, with several improvements over its first decade, being extended three times in 1860, 1867 and 1868. [2] A siding was built along with improved facilities for the horses. It had platforms on either side of the two passenger lines, the goods lines passing to the east. It also served the local trains to Ambergate closing in 1967.[3]

Derby Racecourse was doubly blessed, for the Great Northern Railway also provided a station to the north of the course on its line into Derby Friargate, which is also now closed.

References

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations, Yeovil: Patrick Stephens
  2. ^ Sprenger, H., (2009) Rails to Ripley, Southampton: Kestrel
  3. ^ Pixton, B., (2000) North Midland: Portrait of a Famous Route, Chelteham: Runpast Publishing

Coordinates: 52°55′36″N 1°28′05″W / 52.92677°N 1.46796°W / 52.92677; -1.46796


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