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Millbrook (Bedfordshire) railway station


Millbrook railway station serves the villages of Millbrook and Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, England It is on the Marston Vale Line, between Stewartby and Lidlington Millbrook is also the principal stop for the Marston Vale Millennium Country Park

Contents

  • 1 Services
  • 2 History
  • 3 References
  • 4 Sources
  • 5 External links

Servicesedit

Millbrook station, in common with others on the Marston Vale Line, is covered by the Marston Vale Community rail Partnership,3 which aims to increase use of the line by involving local people

An hourly service operates in each direction on weekdays & Saturdays, with no trains on Sundays4 Average journey times to Bedford are 17 mins and to Bletchley 25 mins

Historyedit

Millbrook station, January 1985

First opened in 1846 by the Bedford Railway, the station was originally named "Marston", but changed to "Ampthill Marston" in 1850 after the nearby village The opening of a second and more conveniently-sited Ampthill station by the Midland Railway in 1868 on its Midland Main Line gave rise to confusion which was only resolved in 1877 when the original Ampthill station was renamed "Millbrook for Ampthill" The station is the fourth and final on the Marston Vale Line to be built in a half-timbered Gothic Revival style that had been insisted upon by the 7th Duke of Bedford for stations situated in the vicinity of the Woburn Estate The two station platforms are east of a level crossing5

The station developed substantial coal traffic, as well as trade in cattle and goods with stables in its goods yard and a wagon repairers A public house called the Morteyne Arms opened opposite the station Traffic increased still further with the development of the brick industry in the area; a siding was opened on 7 May 1928 to cater for the trade in bricks, the towers of the Millbrook Brick Company could be seen from the station6 The brick traffic peaked in the 1930s, with a second brickworks called "Marston Moretaine" being opened a mile from the station; although it was too far for a siding, bricks were transported by road to the station where they were loaded on to rail wagons7

The station, whose name was changed to "Millbrook" in 1910, was reduced to an unstaffed halt in 1968, having lost its formerly substantial goods facilities four years previously2 The station building was restored in the early 1980s and converted into a private residence In 1999, the low station platforms – the last of their type remaining on the line – were rebuilt to the standard height appropriate to modern trains8

Preceding station   National Rail   Following station
Lidlington London Midland Marston Vale Line Mondays-Saturdays only Stewartby
Disused railways
Lidlington   British Railways
Varsity Line
  Stewartby

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Butt, RVJ 1995 The Directory of Railway Stations Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd p 160 ISBN 1-85260-508-1 
  2. ^ a b Clinker, CR 1978 Clinker's Register of Closed Passenger Stations and Goods Depots in England, Scotland and Wales 1830–1977 Bristol: Avon-AngliA Publications & Services p 96 ISBN 0-905466-19-5 
  3. ^ Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership
  4. ^ Table 64 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  5. ^ Simpson 1981, p 55
  6. ^ Simpson 1981, p 65
  7. ^ Simpson 1981, p 60
  8. ^ Simpson, Bill 2000 The Oxford to Cambridge Railway: Forty Years On 1960–2000 Witney: Lamplight Publications pp 72–73 ISBN 1-899246-05-3 

Sourcesedit

  • Simpson, Bill 1981 Oxford to Cambridge Railway 2 Poole: Oxford Publishing Co ISBN 0-86093-121-8 

External linksedit

  • Train times and station information for Millbrook Bedfordshire railway station from National Rail
  • Historic England "Details from image database 38357" Images of England 
  • Station on navigable 1946 OS map


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