This page covers Ashwell station, the Cottesmore ironstone branch & Langham Junction. 

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              THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN FOR 'WYVERN' MAGAZINE IN 1990
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THE BRANCH TO COTTESMORE IRONSTONE SIDINGS WAS OPENED ON 27/11/1882 AND CLOSED ON 13/3/1972. IT WAS ALWAYS A MINERAL LINE, AND CONNECTED WITH THE QUARRY LINES AT COTTESMORE SIDINGS.
THE REPLACEMENT SIGNAL BOX AT THE JUNCTION WAS ERECTED IN 1919 BUT NEVER COMMISSIONED; IT WAS MOVED TO WHISSENDINE IN 1949 WHEN IT WAS PLACED ON A BRICK BASE, AND REMAINS IN USE TODAY.

AT COTTESMORE SIDINGS THE LINE CONNECTED WITH PRIVATE LINES TO THE IRON ORE QUARRIES AT COTTESMORE, BURLEY AND EXTON PARK.....FOR FURTHER READING SEE THE BIBLIOGRAPHY. AFTER CLOSURE THE
RUTLAND RAILWAY MUSEUM WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE SITE.
  

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A PASSENGER TRAIN AT COTTESMORE WAS NOT A COMMON SIGHT; THIS SPECIAL TRAIN AT COTTESMORE SIDINGS IN THE 1960'S MAY HAVE BEEN UNIQUE.
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MUCH MORE TYPICAL IS THIS 8F ON A TRAIN OF LOADED IRON ORE WAGONS.


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THIS BRIDGE CROSSES THE ASHWELL TO TEIGH ROAD.


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 ASHWELL STATION OPENED 20/3/1848 TO GOODS, 1/5/1848 TO PASSENGERS. CLOSED 4/5/1964 TO GOODS, 6/6/1966 TO PASSENGERS.
 REMAINS AT SITE: SIGNAL BOX IN USE, GOODS SHED, REMNANT OF PLATFORM. GIRDER BRIDGE ON COTTESMORE BRANCH. THE STATION BUILDINGS
WERE DEMOLISHED IN 1979.

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ASHWELL STATION AROUND 1920. Courtesy David Doy.

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ASHWELL FROM THE ROAD TO THE VILLAGE, AROUND 1910. Courtesy David Doy

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No 75052 BRINGS A LOCAL TRAIN INTO ASHWELL ON 18tH AUGUST 1963; NOT THE STEPS ON THE RIGHT, NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE LOW PLATFORMS. PHOTO G.D. KING.

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BELOW ARE TWO PICTURES FROM APRIL 2008.......THE STATION YARD IS NOW USED BY A CAR REPAIRS FIRM.

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LANGHAM ROAD CROSSING

JUST SOUTH OF ASHWELL STATION IS A SECOND LEVEL CROSSING FOR THE MINOR ROAD TO LANGHAM. THERE WAS ORIGINALLY A COTTAGE
HERE SIMILAR IN STYLE TO THE ONE AT WYFORDBY.

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THE COTTAGE WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1975 WHEN THE BARRIERS WERE INSTALLED. IT BRINGS HOME TO YOU HOW LABOUR
INTENSIVE THE VICTORIAN RAILWAY WAS; EVERY LEVEL CROSSING HAD A COTTAGE, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF LEVEL CROSSINGS
ON THE SYSTON & PETERBOROUGH.


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A MILE FURTHER SOUTH THE LINE IS CROSSED BY A BRICK OCCUPATION BRIDGE; THESE TWO 1982 PICTURES SHOW COAL TRAINS HEADING NORTH.
IN THE 19TH CENTURY THERE WAS A BLOCK POST SIGNAL BOX HERE (ON THE LEFT IN THE LOWER PHOTO) CALLED LANGHAM SIGNAL BOX, ABOLISHED
WHEN LANGHAM JUNCTION CAME INTO USE.

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ON 31st AUGUST 1944, AN 8F HEADS NORTH FROM LANGHAM JUNCTION.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES

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ON THE SAME DATE No 5633 PASSES WITH AN EXPRESS FRON St PANCRAS.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

 

LANGHAM JUNCTION 

THE END OF THE FOUR TRACK SECTION FROM OAKHAM, SIGNAL BOX OPENED  AS 'LANGHAM CROSSING' 27/10/1890, RENAMED 'LANGHAM JUNCTION' 15/3/1891 WHEN FOUR TRACK SECTION OPENED.

 REMAINS AT SITE: SIGNAL BOX IN USE.

LANGHAM JUNCTION IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FOUR TRACK SECTION NORTH OF OAKHAM. THE M.R. ALWAYS REFERRED TO THESE SIGNAL BOXES AS 'JUNCTIONS' ALTHOUGH NO OTHER ROUTE JOINED THE MAIN LINE.
THE LEVEL CROSSING ORIGINALLY HAD A COTTAGE SIMILAR IN STYLE TO THAT ILLUSTRATED AT WYFORDBY CROSSING.


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AUSTERITY NO 90028 PASSES LANGHAM JUNCTION ON 13th JANUARY 1962, HEADING SOUTH.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES

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ON THE SAME DATE, 9F NO 92127 PASSES WITH A MIXED GOODS. PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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THIS IS NOW THE OLDEST SIGNAL BOX IN USE ON THE LINE, DATING FROM 1890.

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LATE IN 2011 PREPARATIONS ARE MADE TO REPLACE THE BRACKET SIGNAL.

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RICHARD PIKE WAS INVOLVED IN THIS WORK AND SENT ME THESE PICTURES OF THE RELAYING AND THE NEW SIGNALS.....HE
COMMENTED HOW UNUSUAL IT IS TO BE ERECTING NEW SEMAPHORE SIGNALS RATHER THAN REPLACING THEM WITH COLOUR LIGHTS,
NOT TO MENTION CONNECTING AN 1890 SIGNAL BOX TO BRAND NEW SIGNAS AND POINTS.

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