Counter Drain railway station

Counter Drain railway station was a remote station in Lincolnshire serving the village of Tongue End.[1] It was on the route of the Spalding and Bourne Railway (opened 1866),[2] later part of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway which ran across East Anglia to the Norfolk Coast. The station opened with the line on 1 August 1866, closed temporarily between 9 October 1880 and 1 February 1881, and closed permanently on 2 March 1959,[3] although the line remained open for goods until 1964.[4][5] The three intermediate stations between Spalding and Bourne had unusual names, because there were few nearby settlements; "Counter Drain" was the name of a drainage ditch close to the station.[6]

Counter Drain
Counter Drain Station-Geograph-2034025-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Site of former station
LocationTongue End, South Holland, Lincolnshire
Coordinates52°46′21″N 00°15′18″W / 52.77250°N 0.25500°W / 52.77250; -0.25500Coordinates: 52°46′21″N 00°15′18″W / 52.77250°N 0.25500°W / 52.77250; -0.25500
Grid referenceTF179208
Other information
Original companySpalding and Bourne Railway
Pre-groupingMidland and Great Northern Joint Railway
Post-groupingMidland and Great Northern Joint Railway
Key dates
1 August 1866Opened
9 October 1880Closed
1 February 1881Opened
2 March 1959Closed for passengers
30 March 1964closed for freight


  1. ^ Needle, Justin. "Tongue End, Lincolnshire". Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  2. ^ Casserley, H.C. (April 1968). "Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway". Britain's Joint Lines. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 15. ISBN 0-7110-0024-7.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 69. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  4. ^ British Railways Atlas.1947. p.17
  5. ^ Historic England. "Counter Drain Station (506996)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  6. ^ Wrottesley, A.J. (1981) [1970]. The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway (2nd ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 23. ISBN 0-7153-8173-3.

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Former Services
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line and station closed
Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway
Line and station closed