Derby (DBY)

Derby is one of the great railway centres on the network. It was once the headquarters of the Midland Railway. Nowadays it is still a junction of the Midland Main Line and the lines to Birmingham, Nottingham and Matlock, and also adjacent to the Railway Technical Centre. One of the largest remaining British railway manufacturing centres at Bombardier Derby is also nearby.

Information
Type: National Rail
(Midland Main Line)
Station code: DBY
Opened: 1839
Platforms: 6
Derby first got a station when the Midland Counties Railway station opened in 1839, though this was only a temporary structure with the first permanent station opening the following year which was known as Derby Station Street.

Derby, which between 1950 and 1968 was known as Derby Midland [1] (this name is still displayed on the front of the main station building), has been extended and rebuilt a number of times. The latest change being in 2018 when the station layout was remodelled to remove bottlenecks and improve line speeds, the station was also resignalled with a new gantry to the South of the station. A bay platform was removed and replaced by a new through platform which is one side of a new island. There is a seventh platform (the other side of the new island) though it is not usually in public use.

It is hoped that one day the lines will also be under the wires thanks to Midland Main Line electrification (though this project is subject to delays and may not take place for a long time).


Derby has six through platforms. It is served by East Midland Trains and Cross Country services between the North East and South West as well as links to destinations like Matlock, Crewe and Nottingham. There are two entrances to the station with a second entrance added at the Pride Park development in the 2001 along with a new overbridge [2].
An EMT 153 enters the station under the new signal gantry

View down the platform

An EMT 222 leaves the station

EMT 222 012 arrives

The new platform can be seen in the background

Derby is still host to interesting traction

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Derby to Stoke-on-Trent (Middleton Press, 2016) Fig. 5
[2] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Derby to Chesterfield (Middleton Press, 2017) Fig. 9