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Rothley Station, Rothley

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Rothley railway station is a heritage railway station on the preserved section of the Great Central Railway's London Extension. Built to the standard island platform pattern of country stations on the line, it originally opened on 15 March 1899 and has been restored to late Edwardian era condition, circa 1910.Route descriptionClimbing south from milepost 97, the formation of the Mountsorrel quarry branch joins the line from the east, crossing over the quadruple spanned bridge 352 to reach Swithland Sidings. Here, the up and down lines have parted as this site was originally to be the location of a projected Swithland station. The entrance archway from the road below can still be seen from passing trains, even though a platform was never built. Swithland has been redeveloped from a single track back into a four-track main line with a number of exchange sidings. Resignalling of the area using Great Western equipment to represent the Great Western and Great Central Joint Railway is ongoing.Shortly south of Swithland the summit is reached, and the line drops sharply again at a gradient of 1 in 176 into Rothley station. The station consists of a single island platform on which the station buildings sit, with original access from the road passing above. Beneath the stairway from the road is a museum, and beyond the booking hall there is a tea room. Rothley has been restored to its late Edwardian condition to represent the line during Great Central days. It is lit entirely by gas and never had mains electricity before closure by British Rail. The station's goods yard now forms the car park, at one end of which is a miniature railway, family picnic area, and historic stores room. At the other is a modern carriage repair works.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Rothley Station is a wonderful place, stand on the platform and see the steam train coming towards you, when it is darker the gas lamps are lit and it has an eerie feel about it, enjoy some of the hom...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    If you have an interest in Steam Trains pay a visit here - it's a small step back in time. We didn't have time for a rail trip but were lucky to see the trains come through.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Lovely place, that takes you back in time, to the great era of steam, make sure you stop off and have a good look around. Highly recommended.  more »

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