Abbots Ripton railway station

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Abbots Ripton
Place Abbots Ripton
Area Huntingdonshire
Grid reference TL222788
Original company Great Northern Railway
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms ?
1 November 1885 Opened as Abbotts Ripton
21 January 1876 Abbots Ripton rail disaster
1938 Renamed Abbots Ripton
15 September 1958 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Abbots Ripton railway station was a railway station on the East Coast Main Line in the English county of Cambridgeshire. Although trains still pass on the now electrified railway the station closed in 1958.


The station was opened by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) on 1 November 1885 as Abbotts Ripton.[1] The GNR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) during the Grouping on 1 January 1923. Renamed Abbots Ripton in 1938,[1] the station then passed on to the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948, and was closed by the British Transport Commission on 15 September 1958.[1]

Abbots Ripton rail disaster

An accident occurred at the station on 21 January 1876, when the southbound Flying Scotsman express train from Edinburgh to London was involved in a double collision during a blizzard. Heavy snow had frozen around the semaphore signal arms, causing them to stick in the "clear" position, as a result of which the driver of the express was not warned of the presence of a coal train which was backing from the main line into a siding. A collision occurred, and not long after, a northbound express from London to Leeds ran into the wreckage. There were thirteen fatalities, and 53 passengers and 6 traincrew members were injured.[2][3][4]


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Huntingdon North
Line and station open
  Great Northern Railway
East Coast Main Line
Line open, station closed


  1. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 11.
  2. ^ Tyler 1876.
  3. ^ Rolt & Kichenside 1982, pp. 114–120.
  4. ^ Kichenside 1997, pp. 183–186.


  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  • A. Jowett, (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas. Atlantic Publishing. ISBN 0-906899-99-0.
  • Kichenside, Geoffrey (1997). Dixon-Spain, Charles, ed. Great Train Disasters. Avonmouth: Parragon. ISBN 0-7525-2229-9.
  • Rolt, L.T.C.; Kichenside, Geoffrey (1982) [1955]. Red for Danger (4th ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-8362-0.
  • Tyler, H.W. (23 February 1876). "The Report of the Court of Enquiry - Double Collision on the Great Northern Railway which occurred at Abbotts Ripton on the 21st January 1876" (PDF). Retrieved 26 May 2008.

External links

  • Abbot's Ripton station on navigable O. S. map

Coordinates: 52°23′35″N 0°12′20″W / 52.39306°N 0.20556°W / 52.39306; -0.20556

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