Station Name: BEESTON CASTLE & TARPORLEY

 

[Source: Paul Wright]




Date opened: 1.10.1840
Location: North side of A49, opposite the Beeston Castle pub
Company on opening: Grand Junction Railway
Date closed to passengers: 18.4.1966
Date closed completely: 18.4.1966
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: The Crewe platform and parts of the Chester platform are extant. Stone setts from the station entrance are still in place
County: Cheshire
OS Grid Ref: SJ554597
Date of visit: 28.5.2006

Notes: The station was situated on the Grand Junction Railway which opened between Crewe and Chester on 1.10.1840. It is assumed to have opened with the line in 1840 although there are no detailed timetables until June 1842; it was originally called Highwayside but had been renamed Calveley by 1845.

Situated a short distance from the famous Beeston Castle and about 1 mile south of the village of Tarporley the station was originally called Beeston, 'Castle' being added on 1.10.1868 and '& Tarporley' being added in January 1873.

The station was situated on an embankment. At road level there was a substantial brick built building with a canopy which covered part of the approach road. The station had two platforms linked by a subway, both of which had wooden waiting facilities. Beeston has a long established cattle market and the station had facilities for the transport of animals.

The station was served by a mixture of local and more long distance trains. When the Crewe to Chester line opened it had had five stations. By the middle of the 1960's only Beeston Castle & Tarporley and Tattenhall remained. They both closed goods on 4.1.1965 and to passengers on 18.4.1966.

Today the line is still open for traffic serving local and long distance services. Much can still be seen at Beeston including the stone setts from the station entrance, the Crewe platform and sections of the Chester platform.

Tickets from Michael Stewart

To see other stations on the Crewe - Chester line click on the station name: Worleston, Calverley, Tattenhall, Waverton 1st & Waverton 2nd.


Beeston Castle & Tarporley station looking west in August 1964



1875 1:2,500 map showing the layout of Beeston Castle & Tarporley station. At this time the goods yard, consisting of two sidings, the longer passing through a small goods shed which was located
behind the down platform.

1898 1:2,500 map. Although Tarporley was added to the name in 1873 Ordnance Survey still show the earlier name. A new, much larger goods yard has been provided on the north-west side of the road (A49). This comprises two loops, one passing through a much larger goods shed; and two further sidings, A 5-ton capacity crane is also shown. The earlier goods sidings have been retained serving a dock (probably cattle) but the small goods shed has been demolished. Click here for a larger version.


Beeston Castle & Tarporley station looking east in August 1964


Beeston Castle & Tarporley Station station forecourt in August 1964


Beeston Castle & Tarporley station looking east in May 1977
Copyright p
hoto by Nigel Mundy

Beeston Castle & Tarporley Station in May 2006 with a Crewe to Chester shuttle. train passing in front of the remaining Crewe platform
P
hoto by Paul Wright

The surviving up (Crewe bound) platform is seen from an approaching train in September 2014
Photo by Tim Bell

Passing the up platform in September 2014.
Photo by Tim Bell


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[Source: Paul Wright]


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