Kirkby in Ashfield Central Station


My love of railways probably stems as much from this station as anything else which was yards away from where I was born in 14 Orchard Road, Kirkby in 1958.

This photo, which I was delighted to purchase recently, was taken in 1959 and according to the book – Railways Remembered by Martin Weiss published in 2010 by AD Newspapers Ltd – it was a rarely photographed station. Sadly the line is gone and covered in industrial units.

I was told by my parents that I once ran away from home at about 4 years old and after a search was found on the footbridge overlooking this station (that footbridge would have been behind the photographer) awaiting the fish train heading towards Nottingham that came rattling through the station at speed each day. I assume the train came from Grimsby? I was often taken to watch it run through Kirkby by my family.