- Alsop en le Dale railway station
Infobox UK disused station
name = Alsop en le Dale
gridref = SK157540
4 August 1899
events = Station opened
1 November 1954
events1 = Station closed to regular traffic
7 October 1963
events2 = Station closed to all traffic
platforms = ?
Alsop en le Dale railway station was opened in
1899near to Alstonefieldgbmapping|SK157540 a village in Derbyshiresouth east of Buxton.
It was on the
Ashbourne Linebuilt by the LNWRas a branch from the Cromford and High Peak Railway(which ran from Whaley Bridgeto Cromford) at Parsley Hay. At some time it was known as "Alsop en le Dale for Alstonefield."
Opened by the
London and North Western Railway, it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railwayduring the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the London Midland Region of British Railwayson nationalisationin 1948. It was then closed to regular traffic by the British Transport Commissionand finally for excursions by the British Railways Board.
From Hurdlow the line had been fairly easily graded, but at Alsop Moor, roughly half way from Hartington it began to fall sharply at 1 in 60 and would continue to do so into Ashbourne. From Alsop to the next station at Tissington the fall was at 1 in 71.
The descent to Alsop was through Cold Eaton Cutting, 60 feet deep and three quarters of a mile long, requiring the removal of 300,000 tons of limestone
Two years after the line opened, a train of six-wheeled carriages became derailed by the snow and was marooned for three days, during which time the crew were given hot food and drinks by local farmers.
In common with the other stations on this line, the platforms and buildings were of timber construction. From Parsley Hay to Ashbourne the line was single with passing loops at the stations, though provision was made for doubling which never occurred.
Regular passenger services ended in
1954, though excursions continued until 1963. Freight continued until October of that year, the track to Ashbourne finally being lifted in 1964
The site today
The track bed from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay was acquired by
Derbyshire County Counciland the Peak National Parkin 1968for a cycle and walking route. This, the Tissington Trailwas one of the first of such ventures in the country. Later, Ashbourne Tunnel was acquired by Sustrans.
Cromford and High Peak Railway
* Bentley, J.M., Fox, G.K., (1997) "Railways of the High Peak: Buxton to Ashbourne (Scenes From The Past series 32)," Romiley: Foxline Publishing
* [http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/hptt/ Tissington & High Peak Trails - access and facilities]
* [http://www.ramblers.org.uk/info/paths/penninebridleway.html The Pennine Bridleway]
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