Station Name: NEWMARKET WARREN HILL

 

Date opened: 21.4.1885
Location: On the north side of Bury Road (A1304)
Company on opening: Great Eastern Railway
Date closed to passengers: After 1945
Date closed completely: After 1945
Company on closing: London & North Eastern Railway
Present state: Demolished
County: Cambridgeshire
OS Grid Ref: TL652643
Date of visit: May 2005

Notes: The original Newmarket Station was built by the Newmarket & Chesterford Railway Company in 1848. The N & CR was bought up by Eastern Counties Railways in the mid 1850's, the station had a single platform terminus which required reversal when the line was extended northwards to Bury St. Edmunds on 1st April 1854. This extension involved tunneling under Warren Hill to the north of the 1848 station.

The original platform was retained for race specials and known as Warren Hill (and Newmarket High Level) until 1902 when a new station for race specials was opened at the north end of Warren Hill tunnel. The new station remained in use until at least 1945.

North of Warren Hill Station, there was a triangular junction that allowed trains to run either to Ely or Ipswich. There were also sidings and a coal depot where coal was stored for the Bury St. Edmunds locomotive depot. The platform at Warren Hill was also used for loading coal.

The triangular junction and signal box were removed in 1964 and the site is now a small paddock.

See also: Newmarket (1st Station)


Bury Hill, Newmarket in 1905. Warren Hill station entrance can be seen on the left
P
hoto from Roger Newman collection


The original terminus platform at Warren Hill
P
hoto from Roger Newman collection

The site of Newmarket Warren Hill Station in May 2005
P
hoto by David Farrant

 

 

 

[Source: David Farrant & Nick Catford]


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