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Sandy railway station

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Sandy Railway Station serves the town of Sandy in Bedfordshire, England The station is 44 miles 71 km north of London Kings Cross on the East Coast Main Line Sandy is managed and served by Great Northern

Sandy station was originally built in 1850 for the Great Northern Railway; the London and North Western Railway opened an adjacent station in 1862 The stations were later merged into one, which has since undergone many changes

The present station has two large platforms and 4 main rail lines, a pair of "up and down" slow lines used by stopping services and a pair of "up and down" fast lines used by high speed services passing through A fifth line extends off the "up" slow line which links into the remaining sidings and original bay platforms There is also a sixth line off the "down" slow line that links to a siding beside Platform 1

The station platforms are being lengthened at their southern ends so that they can cope with 12-car trains, which will serve the station following the completion of the Thameslink Programme


  • 1 History
  • 2 Facilities
  • 3 Services
  • 4 Route
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


December 1966

The first section of the Great Northern Railway GNR - that from Louth to a junction with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway at Grimsby - opened on 1 March 1848, but the southern section of the main line, between Maiden Lane and Peterborough, was not opened until August 1850 Sandy was one of the original stations, opening with the line on 7 August 1850123

December 1967

The Sandy and Potton Railway was opened for goods traffic on 23 June 1857, and to passengers on 9 November 1857 It was later purchased by the Bedford and Cambridge Railway B&CR, which closed the line in January 1862 for reconstruction The line reopened on 7 July 1862, including a new station at Sandy separate from, but adjacent to, the GNR station The B&CR was absorbed by the London and North Western Railway LNWR in 1865 The eastern section of the Bedford-Cambridge route sometimes known as the Varsity Line closed on 1 January 1968, and with it, the ex-LNWR platforms at Sandy34

The two stations were physically adjacent, and shared an island platform In 1917 the LNWR station was placed under the management of the GNR, and then shared the booking facilities After the closure of the Varsity Line, the station was considerably rebuilt in the early 1970s to give a 4-track layout throughout, and platforms on the slow lines only, thus removing a 2-track bottleneck on the East Coast Main Line5

Sandy railway station was the site of the English unjust enrichment case Great Northern Railway Co v Swaffield 1874 LR 9 Exch 132, in which the defendant sent a horse to this railway station, to be collected His employee arrived the next day, but the station master demanded that he pay livery stable costs for the night; the employee refused to pay, and did not collect the horse The defendant arrived later, and demanded payment to compensate him for duress of goods after the station master offered to pay livery stable costs out of pocket; after the station master refused to pay such compensation, the defendant left the horse in the possession of the station for four months during litigation The Court of the Exchequer held the defendant liable for four months' stable costs, as the plaintiff in the case 'had not choice, unless they would leave the horse at the station or in the high road to his own danger and the danger of other people' per Kelly CB In this way the court recognised a limited exception to the rule that no claim for salvage be recognised by the courts outside the context of salvage in tidal waters The stable costs were paid to the use of the defendant by way of necessity, and therefore constituted unjust enrichment


Sandy station has a small café inside the booking office on Platform 2 There is a large sheltered area with seating on Platform 1, and a smaller one on Platform 2 Both platforms have step-free access

The station has two modern touch screen ticket machines located in front of the booking office, and there are cycle storage facilities to the south of it The station also has help points throughout, which were installed by former franchise holder First Capital Connect


The station is served by a half-hourly service southbound to London Kings Cross and northbound to Peterborough with extra weekday peak trains, operated by Great Northern There is an hourly service in each direction on Sundays6


Preceding station National Rail Following station
Biggleswade Great Northern Great Northern Peterborough Line St Neots
Disused railways
Girtford Halt Line and station closed Eastern Region of British Railways Varsity Line Potton Line and station closed
Historical railways
Biggleswade Line and station open Great Northern Railway East Coast Main Line Tempsford Line open, station closed


  1. ^ Gordon, WJ 1989 1910 Our Home Railways London: Bracken Books volume II, p 44 ISBN 1-85170-314-4 
  2. ^ Awdry, Christopher 1990 Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies London: Guild Publishing p 135 CN 8983 
  3. ^ a b Butt, RVJ 1995 The Directory of Railway Stations Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd p 205 ISBN 1-85260-508-1 R508 
  4. ^ Awdry 1990, p 100
  5. ^ Catford, Nick "Disused Stations: Sandy LNWR" Retrieved 8 May 2010 
  6. ^ Table 25 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External linksedit

  • Train times and station information for Sandy railway station from National Rail

Coordinates: 52°07′30″N 0°16′52″W / 52125°N 0281°W / 52125; -0281

  • http://wwwbedfordshiregovuk/CommunityAndLiving/ArchivesAndRecordOffice/CommunityArchives/Sandy/TheDeathOfASandyStationMasteraspx with photographs of both old stations

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