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Eastwood & Langley Mill Station

When you speak of Langley Mill Railway Station, you normally mean the existing station, near to the church. (See Railways for a chronology of rail activity in the area.) This was part of the Midland Railway network.

However, Langley Mill also had another station, on the Great Northern line. Until the boundary changes in the 1990s, this had always been in the parish of Eastwood, in Nottinghamshire, but was located near the canal basin, in what was the original Langley Bridge area, and could rightly be classed as Langley Mill. The site is now in Derbyshire. The station was known as Eastwood and Langley Mill Station, and the nearby public house was renamed the Great Northern some time after it had opened in 1875.

The station was closed to passenger traffic on 7 January 1963, but was kept open for coal traffic from Moorgreen Colliery until 1966. Demolition of the station buildings was complete by around 1970. The A610 Eastwood bypass, which opened in 1976, followed the route of much of the railway from Langley Mill to Newthorpe, Derby Road was diverted slightly towards the new roundabout, and much of the old road, including the bridge over the railway, was removed. The extension of the A610 in 1982, bypassing Langley Mill, finished the obliteration of the old railway line.

The station building from the front.

The station was built on the bridge where Derby Road passed over the railway. The bridge and the remainder of the road was demolished in February 1974, after the current A610 island had already been built, to the rear of where the photographer was standing for this shot.

The track plan of the station and other buildings is worth comparing with the photographs below.

The following photographs were taken in 1966, three years after the closure of the station itself, but while the lines were still intact.

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The station plan is taken from "The Great Northern Railway in the East Midlands: The Erewash Valley Lines" by Alfred Henshaw, published by  the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society - an excellent publication, with hundreds of photographs.

Photographs on this page were taken in the 1960's by Ken Green, of Langley Mill, who emigrated to Australia with his family in 1976. We are grateful to Ken, and his son Tony, for sending copies to the Society, and allowing their publication on this site.