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Coalville Town was a railway station at Coalville in Leicestershire on the Leicester to Burton upon Trent Line. Passenger business was carried out at the "Railway Hotel" when the line opened in 1833 until the first Coalville station was opened by the Midland Railway in 1848, replaced in 1894 and closed in 1964, although the line remains in use for freight.[2]

Coalville Town
The remains of Coalville Town station, (2) 29.3.69, Nigel Tout.jpg
Remains of Coalville Town station, 1969
AreaNorth West Leicestershire
Coordinates52°43′26″N 1°22′19″W / 52.724°N 1.372°W / 52.724; -1.372Coordinates: 52°43′26″N 1°22′19″W / 52.724°N 1.372°W / 52.724; -1.372
Grid referenceSK425142
Original companyLeicester and Swannington Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
27 April 1833Passengers purchase tickets at the "Railway Hotel" on Long Lane
27 March 1848Station opened as Coalville
2 June 1924Renamed Coalville Town
7 September 1964station closed [1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain


Freight train crossing High Street/Hotel Street in the centre of Coalville, July 2016. The building in the background was previously the "Railway Hotel" where passengers could buy tickets for the trains until the Midland Railway opened Coalville station just beyond in 1848.

The Leicester and Swannington Railway was originally built to carry coal and there was little provision for any passenger traffic. When the railway opened at Long Lane, now Coalville, in 1833 passenger business had to be carried out at the "Railway Hotel" adjacent to the level crossing.[2] The first proper Coalville station was opened in 1848 after the line had been taken over by the Midland Railway. This in turn was rebuilt in 1894, being renamed Coalville Town in 1924 to distinguish it from Coalville East on the rival Charnwood Forest Railway. British Railways closed Coalville Town on 7 September 1964 when passenger services were ended on the line. The line remains open for freight only.[1] Coalville Town was the most important station between Leicester and Burton-on-Trent and was built to fuller dimensions to reflect this.

The station was to the north of the A50 road beside the level crossing, which was controlled by a signal box[3][4] that was removed in 1986 and re-erected at the former Snibston Colliery.[5] All the other station buildings have been demolished. The former Railway pub next to the level crossing is now a children's nursery.

Motive power depotEdit

British Railways closed Mantle Lane motive power depot at Coalville in 1990. Its "Category A" status was a clerical error, and was in fact a "Category C".[clarification needed] The British Railways depot on the site was unusual in that it had no fuelling points, fitters or any other shed facilities. Locomotives would be taken in ferries[clarification needed] to nearby Burton-on-Trent (until it closed) or Leicester for refuelling, water and sandbox filling. This perhaps shows why it was a surprise to find it as an A-listed depot.[clarification needed] Little remains at the site which hints at its formerly busy railway past. Two tracks remain where once lay four 'on shed' as it were.[clarification needed]

Reopening proposalsEdit

In the 1990s BR planned to restore passenger services between Leicester and Burton as the second phase of its Ivanhoe Line project. However, after the privatisation of British Rail in 1995 this phase of the project was discontinued. In 2009 the Association of Train Operating Companies published a £49 million proposal to restore passenger services to the line that would include reopening a station at Coalville.[6]

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Bardon Hill
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Leicester to Burton upon Trent Line
Line open, station closed
Line open, station closed
    branch to Coleorton Tramway
Line and station closed


  1. ^ a b Butt, RVJ (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.[page needed]
  2. ^ a b Clinker, C.R. (1977) The Leicester & Swannington Railway Bristol: Avon Anglia Publications & Services. Reprinted from the Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological Society Volume XXX, 1954.
  3. ^ Churchman, Peter M. "Coalville Crossing in 1975". Signalling: British Railways: The Peter Churchman Collection. Tillyweb.
  4. ^ "Coalville Leicestershire". Flickr. 13 March 1979.
  5. ^ "Snibston Coalville Leicestershire". Flickr. 13 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Connecting Communities – Expanding Access to the Rail Network" (PDF). London: Association of Train Operating Companies. June 2009. p. 19. Retrieved 7 September 2018.