Stunning photos show progress at Ilkeston rail station

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An aspiring rail photographer from Ilkeston has snapped these stunning images of the town’s new station which will open later this spring.

Steve Donald, 34, has been documenting the construction of the station ever since work began.

His latest photographs capture the bright lights and drama of the deserted platforms at night, and show just how much progress has been made by construction teams.

Steve, a postman by day, describes himself as a semi-professional photographer, whose work has graced the covers of several rail industry magazines.

He said: “I used to work as a rail planner, scheduling routes for train testing and works on tunnels and overhead lines.

“I’m excited for the new station, I’ve been watching the progress and I’m really looking forward to opening day.”

Steve is planning to capture the final stages of the project as more test trains pass through.

He said: “I’m waiting for a sunny day so I can get good lighting and trains coming in both directions. I’m hoping we might get some steam coming through too.

“Then on day one, I’ll be there to capture the energy and the crowds.”

The first passenger train is due to call at Ilkeston on Sunday, April 2, although an official opening ceremony will be held later in the summer.

The £10 million project was made possible partly thanks to £6.6 million from the Government through the New Stations Fund.

Trains will run every hour, with direct services to Chesterfield, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Norwich. New services will also transport shoppers and commuters into Nottingham in just 15 minutes.

The Advertiser has been pushing for the re-opening of the train station in Ilkeston since 2010.

To see more of Steve’s work, go to http://bit.ly/2lI9n6S.