Uppingham

Uppingham was the terminus of the short branch line from Seaton in Rutland.
BR 2MT 41214 arrives (KD Collection)

Information
Type: National Rail (Seaton-Uppingham Line)
Opened: 1894
Closed: 1960
Platforms: 1

The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1894. The branch line from Seaton had no intermediate stations. Uppingham is known for it's school and the school was able to run three special trains on the branch a few days before it officially opened [1]. School specials were also run for four years after the station closed in 1960.

The station had a single platform but also had a goods yard with a number of cattle pens. The goods yard remained open until 1964 [2].
Postcard view of Uppingham (Public domain)

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Lines around Stamford (Middleton Press, 2016) Fig. 13
[2] Ibid. Fig. 16

Albrighton (ALB)

Albrighton is a stop on the Birmingham New Street-Shrewsbury Line in Shropshire between Codsall and Cosford.
Birmingham bound WMR 170 517 arrives

Information
Type: National Rail (Birmingham-Shrewsbury Line)
Station code: ALB
Opened: 1849
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Shrewsbury & Birmingham Railway in 1849. It later became part of the Great Western Railway. The station had a goods yard, which lasted up until 1967. During the late 1930s the station had a staff of twelve [1] though is nowadays an unstaffed station.

Apart from the loss of the goods yard the station is pretty much unchanged from it's GWR days though the main station building was sold following refurbishment in the mid-1990s [2], it became a pub (though is currently closed and for sale). Access between the two platforms is via a standard GWR footbridge. The station is on an embankment with a ramp up from road level to the station. The West end of the platforms are on a bridge over the road adjacent to the station.

The station is managed and served by West Midlands Railway, who maintain an hourly service (with some peak time additions) in each direction.
Former waiting rooms on the right, modern bus shelter on the right

WMR 170 517 departs heading for Shrewsbury

Main station building

View West from the footbridge

On the footbridge

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury (Middleton Press, 2009) Fig. 66
[2] Ibid. Fig. 69

Finsbury Park (FPK/ZPF)

Finsbury Park is a major interchange station on the Great Northern routes out of Moorgate and London Kings Cross, as well as being a stop on the London Underground's Piccadilly and Victoria Lines.
Great Northern 717 009 arrives

Information
Type: National Rail (Great Northern & Northern City Lines) &
Transport for London (Piccadilly & Victoria Lines)
Station codes: FPK/ZPF
Opened: 1861
Platforms: 12

The station was first opened as Seven Sisters Road (Holloway) by the Great Northern Railway in 1861 on the East Coast Main Line out of London Kings Cross. The station was renamed Finsbury Park in 1869 after the Edgware, Highgate & London Railway built a line from the station to Edgware.

In 1904 what became the Northern City Line was built linking from Moorgate through Finsbury Park. The Piccadilly Line arrived in 1906 [1] though the current route dates from 1932 and the line's extension through to Cockfosters.

Also in the 1930s London Underground planned to take over the line to Edgware and make it part of the Northern Line as part of the Northern Heights project, the Second World War and a lack of finance killed off these grand plans, the existing line through to Edgware was closed in 1970. However the Northern City Line did become part of the Northern Line until it was passed to British Rail in the 1970s. Originally the Northern City Line was underground at Finsbury Park but these platforms were take over by the Victoria Line which opened at Finsbury Park, part of the first section of the line, in 1968. Since the 1970s the Northern City Line at Finsbury Park has used surface platforms.

Finsbury Park has, can be seen, a complicated history and resulting interchange of different lines and services (including two bus stations). The National Rail and London Underground stations are fully integrated though have separate ticket offices.
A Class 317 peers out between platform buildings

Platform view

Crossed duelling pistols mosaic on a Victoria Line platform

Station sign

Victoria Line

[1] Jason Cross, London Underground Guide 2017 (Train Crazy, 2017) p. 124
[2] Mike Horne, The Victoria Line (Capital Transport, 2004) p. 61

Carlton (CTO)

Carlton is a stop on the Nottingham-Lincoln Line between Nottingham and Burton Joyce.
EMR 156 917 arrives with a Nottingham bound service

Information
Type: National Rail (Nottingham-Lincoln Line)
Station code: CTO
Opened: 1846
Platforms: 2

The station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1846. The station name was changed to Carlton & Gedling in 1871 [1] and then changed to Carlton & Netherfield in 1896 (the actual Netherfield station is a short walk away). The station name was shortened to Carlton in 1974.

The station's two platforms are staggered either side of a level crossing over the Victoria Road (the staggering to reduce delays to traffic). The station had a small goods yard but this was closed in 1965. The station has been unstaffed since 1969 [2]. The original station buildings have been replaced by modern shelters.

The station is served by East Midlands Railway who maintain an hourly service on the Matlock-Newark Castle route. A few peak hour trains go on to Lincoln Central.
A train is about to go through the level crossing

Station sign

Looking down towards Nottingham

EMR 156 917 departs for Newark Castle

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Nottingham to Lincoln (Middleton Press, 2013) Map IV
[2] Ibid. Fig. 18

Maxstoke (Coleshill)

Maxstoke was a stop on the Stonebridge Junction Railway near Warwickshire between Whitacre Junction and Hampton-in-Arden. The station was opened as Coleshill by the Birmingham & Derby Junction Railway in 1839, connecting to the London & Birmingham Railway. The route was originally double track but singled by 1842 due to the line quickly losing it's importance after alternative routes opened [1] via Birmingham.
Maxstoke station today

Information
Type: National Rail (Stonebridge Junction Railway)
Opened: 1839
Closed: 1917
Platforms: 1

Through trains continued to use the line, even as far as London. However, the service was gradually reduced and by 1877 there was just a single Parliamentary service a day (with a single carriage) between Whitacre Junction and Hampton-in-Arden. Passenger loadings were low, often nil. The station master even gaining a degree of international notoriety for the loneliness of his job! The line was finally closed to passenger traffic in 1917 [2] as part of First World War economy measures, however the line remained open for freight and the small station goods yard remained in use.

Despite having no passenger traffic the station was renamed Maxstoke in 1923, the railway company even going to the expense of new station name boards! This renaming was to allow Forge Mills to be renamed Coleshill (this station itself was closed in the 1960s but later re-opened in 2007 as Coleshill Parkway). Freight use of the line continued until the 1930s, the line was closed as a through route for good after a wooden bridge over the river Blythe was judged too weak to allow for trains in 1935 [3]. The two ends of the line continued to be used for wagon storage for a while longer.

The station building survived until the early 1960s [4] when it was demolished due to vandalism. The platform survived and has been partially restored in recent years by an enthusiast. The station was very basic with a single siding, the station had a single short platform. At one end of the station was a level crossing.

[1] Colin G Maggs, The Branch Lines of Warwickshire (Amblerley, 2011) p. 21 
[2] Vic Mitchell, Birmingham to Tamworth & Nuneaton (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 111
[3] Ibid. Fig. 113
[4] Maggs p. 23