Letter: History of Ilkeston’s station

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I understand from an internet forum that you have recently published an article concerning Marcello Gabrielli’s wish to preserve the building at the former Ilkeston Junction and Cossall station.

I wrote a few notes about the history of the Midland Railway station at Ilkeston, which Marcello has asked me to send to you (slightly modified).

The original Ilkeston Junction station was just an exchange platform for the branch to the “Town”, which in the early years was worked by horses. Both stations opened on 6th September 1947. On 1st June 1858 (not August as sometimes quoted) the junction station was opened for public use. However, it did not appear amongst the timetable names but rather in a footnote as one of several stations issuing cheap tickets to Nottingham on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the market. At some stage in the late 1860s the Midland Railway decided to close the branch to the “Town” and build a new station on the main line 13 chains north of the original Junction exchange platform [the building of which Marcello is wanting to preserve]. The “Town” branch was closed on 2nd May 1870 and the new station - just named Ilkeston - opened on the same day - although it is possible that it had been brought into use slightly earlier. The Great Northern Railway then came on the scene. The competition forced the Midland Railway to re-open its “Town” branch and its more conveniently situated station. The branch was re-opened on 1st July 1879 with the main line station being renamed Ilkeston Junction. On 1st December 1890 it was further renamed Ilkeston Junction & Cossall. It closed on 2nd January 1967.

Glynn Waite