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SideTracked - Spondon (Derby) Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 10/28/2014
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Spondon railway station serves Spondon in Derby, England. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) train operating company (TOC). Spondon is a penalty fare station if travelling with EMT. It is an unstaffed station equipped with a permit to travel machine.

Lying on the Derby–Nottingham line, the first station on the site was opened by the Midland Counties Railway (MCR) on 5 June 1839. The fifth station from Nottingham, it was kept by a Mr. Carter.

Trains to Spondon originally left from the north end of Derby station before turning east towards Nottingham. However, on 27 June 1867 the Midland Railway, successor to the MCR, opened a new route towards Nottingham (and London) which led from the south end of Derby station (so that Manchester – London trains would no longer have to reverse at Derby). The new route and the old joined immediately west of Spondon, which was to remain a junction station until 1969, when the original, more northerly, connection to Derby was closed as a through route.

The station was enlarged in the early 20th century to cope with the volume of traffic for the nearby British Celanese plant. In the 1920s, more than 14,000 worked here. The station is also the location of the junction for rail freight traffic into the British Celanese works.

Current services

Today, Spondon station is managed by East Midlands Trains, although the majority of trains serving it are operated by CrossCountry, this being a consequence of how the operations of the previous franchise-holder, Central Trains, were divided between them. Trains operate from Spondon to Nottingham and Derby, with most of the latter continuing to Birmingham, Cardiff and Matlock.

East Midlands Trains Mainline services from Leeds, Sheffield and London run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with Mainline services can be made at Derby.

There is no Sunday service.


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