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The growth of the railway around Heanor

Map and Time-line

1832 Famous meeting at the Sun Inn, Eastwood, the "birth" of the Midland Railway
1836 Parliamentary approval for Midland Counties line, connecting Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. Plans for line along Erewash Valley dropped
1839 Line from Derby to Nottingham opened
1840 Line from Trent to Leicester opened
1844 Merger of the Midland Counties Railway, the North Midland Railway, and the Birmingham and Derby Railway, to form the Midland Railway Company
1847 Midland Railway line from Trent to Codnor Park opened, including stations at "Langley Mill for Heanor" and Shipley Gate
1849 Line extended to Pinxton
1861 Erewash Valley line extended from Codnor Park to Clay Cross now becomes a main line from north to south
1875 Great Northern open branch line from Awsworth to Pinxton, with stations at Newthorpe and "Eastwood & Langley Mill"
1890 Midland Railway open branch line from Ripley to Heanor (Midland Road), with station at "Crosshill & Codnor"
1891 Great Northern open line from Ilkeston to Heanor (Heanor Gate), with station also at Marlpool
1895 Midland Railway's Ripley to Heanor line extended to Langley Mill station
1926 Midland Railway passenger service between Langley Mill and Ripley ceased
1928 Great Northern close Marlpool station, and run only one unadvertised train each way per day between Heanor and Ilkeston
1929 Track between Ripley and Heanor removed. Track from Heanor to main line at Milnhay remains for goods traffic
1939 Heanor Great Northern station closed
1948 Shipley Gate Station closed
1951 Heanor Goods Station (Midland Road) closed
1963 Great Northern Pinxton branch, including Eastwood & Langley Mill closed to passenger traffic
1967 Langley Mill Station closed
1986 Langley Mill Station re-opened!

The Midland Railway Crosshill & Codnor station, on the Langley Mill to Ripley branch line. Closed in 1926.

The Midland main line at Langley Mill in the 1960's, looking from the Bridge Street to North Street footbridge, showing the gas tanks and the Pickersgill and Frost foundry.


See the separate page on the Great Northern at Eastwood and Langley Mill Station for a gallery of photos taken shortly after the station closed in 1963.

Last modified on 29 September 2013 12:49