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 the 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.

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





Beeston Castle & Tarporley Stationc 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


1964

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2006

2006

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[Source: Paul Wright]


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