Oakengates (OKN)

Oakengates is a stop on the Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury Line in Shropshire between Telford Central and Wellington

WMR 170 504 arrives

Type: National Rail (Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury Line)
Station code: OKN
Opened: 1849
Platforms: 2

The station was opened as Oakengates West in 1849 by the Great Western Railway [1] and kept this name until it lost the "West" in 1956. After the creation of the new town of Telford (of which Oakengates is a part of) the station was renamed Oakengates for Telford in 1983 though reverted to Oakengates in 1986 after the opening of Telford Central.

Just before the station (heading from Telford Central) is Oakengates Tunnel, construction of which was troublesome and delayed opening of the line for three years. The station had a goods yard which closed in 1965, however two sidings were retained for cement traffic until 1991 [2].

The station is unstaffed, the former main station building is now used as a dental practice. Access between the two platforms is a via a footbridge and a couple of bus shelters are provided for passengers. The station is managed by West Midlands Railway who operate an hourly service in both directions between Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury with extra trains at peak times.
Station footbridge

TfW 158 834 passes through

Station shelter

WMR 170 517 arrives, the tunnel can be just seen behind the train

Former main station building

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury (Middleton Press, 2009) Map. XXVII
[2] Ibid. Fig. 89