Whitwell railway station
|Managed by||East Midlands Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened May 1998|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Whitwell from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The line and station were built by the Midland Railway. The station was designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders. They were opened for passenger traffic on 1 June 1875 and closed in October 1964, though freight traffic continued. The station was dismantled and rebuilt, brick by brick, at the heritage railway at Butterley in 1981.
The line reopened in stages through the 1990s, with the final, northernmost, section from Mansfield Woodhouse through Whitwell to Worksop reopening in 1998. The modern Whitwell station is on the original site, but a wholly new structure.
When the line opened in 1875 two railway companies provided services through Whitwell:
- The Midland Railway (MR) ran three trains a day from Mansfield through Whitwell, which then turned right at Woodend Junction to Worksop, as all Robin Hood Line trains do now. They then continued on to Retford.
- The Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MSLR) ran three daily trains from Mansfield through Whitwell which turned left at Woodend Junction to Shireoaks then several stops to their station in Sheffield, later to be renamed Sheffield Victoria.
Over time the direct Mansfield-Whitwell-Sheffield service was diverted to Worksop. From 1 October 1905 the MR took over all services and ran them all to Worksop, where passengers for Sheffield could change trains. This core service continued until closure in 1964.
The station is located on the edge of the village, beside the quarry. It consists of two platforms, with the Nottingham bound one having to be reached via a foot-bridge.
On Monday to Saturdays, there is generally an hourly service northbound towards Worksop and southbound to Mansfield and Nottingham. From December 2008, four trains between Nottingham and Worksop on Sundays were introduced. Prior to this, there was no Sunday service. The Sunday service ran until May 2011 when it was withdrawn north of Mansfield Woodhouse.
- Hurst, Geoffrey (1987). The Midland Railway Around Nottinghamshire, Volume 1. Worksop: Milepost Publications. ISBN 0-947796-05-3.
- Kaye, A.R. (1988). North Midland and Peak District Railways in the Steam Age, Volume 2. Chesterfield: Lowlander Publications. ISBN 0 946930 09 0.
- Lund, Brian (1997) . Derbyshire Railway Stations on old picture postcards. Keyworth, Nottingham: Reflections of a Bygone Age. ISBN 0 946245 86 X.
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|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|East Midlands Railway|
Robin Hood Line
|Elmton & Creswell
Line and station open
|MSLR (later GCR)
1875-1905 Worksop-Sheffield Service
Line closed, station open
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