WHATSTANDWELL STATIONS (Old & New)
On Monday 27th of August I took the opportunity to look around the old station site, while traveling to Whatstandwell
for my annual visit to the Tramway Museum at Crich.
The old station entrance by the Derwent Inn. On the right is one of the stump of the old gate posts.
Left: The old station site is fenced off. Right: Looking trough the wire fence. Left of center you can just make out a small building. This would be the one seen
behind the wagons and stop signal in the old B&W below...........
The path runs towards the Ex Goods Siding. Originally the wooded area on the right was clear,
showing the goods siding and the station.
Left: Considering the present day need for security I was surprised to find that you could simply walk into the Goods site and the open running railway.
Right: Looking down the single line towards Ex High peak Junction and Matlock.
The remains of the down station platform. You can just see the north end of the down platform of the present station through the tunnel.
From the canal path above the old station. The old down platform can still be seen to the north end of the tunnel. The Up platform was stagard and to the north of the
Down platform. Nothing remains of this platform.
The old station and signal box still looking in good condition. (J. R. Morten).
Looking south from the site of the old signal box. Compare the present scene with the old photo from the
Crich Parish web site, linked below. (E. R. Morten).
N.B. The shed behind the wagons and stop signal. his is probably the only building remaining today. This photo had been taken from
the signal box. You can see the gate by the A6 and the lane I walked up to this point. It was much more open back then.
THE PRESENT DAY STATION
Whatstandwell Station. Looking South.
Whatstandwell Station. Looking North.
The 09.50 from Derby just arrived at Whatstandwell station at 10.12.
The Class 158 780, which I caught from Derby to Whatstandwell, departing for Matlock
Looking north through the tunnel. The old station down platform is seen up ahead.
VIDEO AT WHATSTANDWELL STATION Aug. 2011
Whatstandwell Bridge Station History
It is interesting that the village name came from a Walter Standwall, known locally as Wat. In Scotland we say ''Wattie'' for Walter so it could have been ''Wattiestandwell''
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My Thanks To......
Whaley Bridge Photos for their kind permission to use old photos of the Whaley Bridge to Shallcross section. These and many old photos of Whaley Bridge can be viewd at:
John Evens (JodrelAviator) for the use of his xcelent colour photos of the C&HPR in the 60'd & 70's. John's Fickr photods are at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/the-evanses
John Neave for his kind permission to use a number of his 1960's photographs when the railway was still in operation. Check out John's ''Going Loco'', which includes a C&HPR history. At....
Mark Norton for the use of 1940's photos by his late father Dennis J. D. Norton. http://www.photobydjnorton.com/CHPR_Menu.html#Links
To the son of Geoff Plum for the use of his late father's phots. Plumb Loco is at: Plumb Loco (By Geoff Plum) Photograhs
Reading: The Cromford & High Peak Railiway by John Marshall. Published by Martin Bairstow. Printed by The Amedeus Press 2011.
Other Railway Walks....
The Dundee & Newtyle Railway
The first passenger railway in Scotland opened in 1831, which had three inclines operated by stationary steam engines. The main source of income was from
the numerous stone quarries in the area and local farming produce. Passenger numbers were always sparse.
The inclines were abandoned in the mid 1800's by new deviations that allowed through locomotive running.
The line also included the Dundee Law (Hill) tunnel built at 300ft above the City. Both the north & south portals of the tunnel are buried below modern housing schemes.
Passenger services ended in 1955 and the line closed completely in the mid 60's under the Beeching Ax.
Unlike the C&HPR none of the Engine houses were preserved. The inclines can still be followed but sections have been back-filled or ploughed over
This web site tries to cover as much as possible.
Boddam To Ellon Branchline Built by the GNSR in the latter part of the 20th century. The passenger service only lasted until 1934 but goods remained up to total closure in 1949.
The GNSR built a large Golf course and Hotel at Cruden Bay, with an electric tramway between the station and hotel. All that remains today is the Golf course. One of the two elctric trams has been
fully renovated and is on show at the Grampian Transport Musem in Alford.
Other web pages....
Kittybrewster Memories Kittybrewster Loco Depot, Aberdeen.
Tivoli Memories The Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen.
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