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Dore and Totley railway station

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Dore and Totley railway station (named Dore railway station from 1971 until 2008) is a small, one platform railway halt near the Sheffield suburbs of Dore and Totley in South Yorkshire, England 4 34 miles (7.6 km) south of Sheffield. The station is served by the Northern service between Sheffield and Manchester, East Midlands Trains service from Liverpool to Norwich and the TransPennine Express service between Manchester and Cleethorpes, all three running via the Hope Valley Line.

Dore and Totley National Rail
Dore and Totley station.jpg
Dore and Totley railway station
Place Abbeydale
Local authority City of Sheffield
Coordinates 53°19′39″N 1°30′56″W / 53.327570°N 1.515440°W / 53.327570; -1.515440Coordinates: 53°19′39″N 1°30′56″W / 53.327570°N 1.515440°W / 53.327570; -1.515440
Grid reference SK323812
Station code DOR
Managed by Northern
Number of platforms 1
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 0.123 million
2013/14 Increase 0.138 million
2014/15 Increase 0.146 million
2015/16 Increase 0.156 million
2016/17 Increase 0.165 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Travel South Yorkshire
Zone Sheffield
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 February 1872 Opened as Dore and Totley
18 March 1971 Renamed Dore
2008 Renamed Dore and Totley
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dore and Totley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Station remains in 1998



The station was opened by the Midland Railway, for passengers only, as Dore and Totley on 1 February 1872[1] (at a building cost of £1517 and £450 for 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land) on the then two-year-old Midland Main Line extension from Chesterfield to Sheffield, and was initially served by the local services on this line. The station was then served by six or seven weekday trains and three on Sundays.

In 1894 the station became the junction for the new Dore and Chinley line (now the Hope Valley Line). Dore & Totley Station Junction was at the south end of the station and the signal box stood in the angle between the Chesterfield and Chinley lines.[2]

Between 1901 and 1902, the line between Sheffield station and Dore was widened; the original twin tracks continued to be used by traffic for the Dore and Chinley line and two new tracks were built to the east of this for traffic on the main line to Chesterfield.[3] The original southbound platform was converted to an island platform and a new platform for trains to Chesterfield built to the east. The line from Chesterfield was slewed into its present course to serve the new platforms. A new Dore and Totley Station Junction was made to the north of the station.

On 9 October 1907, a Sheffield to Birmingham and Bristol express train ran foul of the points at the station. One of the locomotives hit the platform and overturned. The driver and the second man were thrown from the cab but survived, and the passenger coaches fortunately stayed upright with no passengers injured.

Dore and Totley became south Sheffield's only remaining station after the Beeching cuts in the 1960s saw Beauchief, Millhouses and Heeley stations all close. The station was closed to main line traffic and became an unstaffed halt in 1969. It was renamed Dore on 18 March 1971.[1] Subsequently, the island and eastern platforms were demolished in the mid-1980s. Mainline services from the South therefore can no longer stop at the station and the Hope Valley Line now runs single-track (it was singled in March 1985) through the station, with trains in both directions stopping at the one remaining platform. The photograph (right) is taken from the South and shows the remaining platform on the Hope Valley line and none on the main line.

The single-track section through the station has become a significant bottleneck, as noted in Network Rail's Yorkshire and Humber Route Utilisation Strategy of 2009.[citation needed] The strategy included proposals to address the problem by re-doubling the track and building a second platform (subject to funding being obtained). South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has also been lobbying for this problem to be addressed (as noted in its 2006 Rail Strategy document[4]).

The station site had previously been occupied by the Walk Mill; a water-powered mill in operation from the 1280s onwards was used by the monks of Beauchief Abbey to cleanse and thicken cloth.

The name Dore and Totley was restored in April 2008 when the station received new Northern Rail branded running in boards. Plans are being drawn up to double the size of the station by 2014. An additional platform and new Disability Discrimination Act 1995-compliant footbridge are to be provided.[5] Construction work began in December 2012 on a new 100-space car-park, which was completed in April 2013.

Network Rail's Hope Valley Capacity Scheme includes plans to restore the second platform at Dore & Totley by December 2018. Plans include a new bridge with passenger lifts and a shelter on the single sided island platform for Manchester bound trains.[6] This plan is spun out of the original Manchester Hub scheme, now renamed the Northern Hub, incorporating two freight passing loops to be constructed east of Bamford and at Dore South. Once completed an hourly stopping service is hoped to be provided (as stated in the new 2016 Northern franchise agreement),[7] and platforms should be long enough to accommodate 6 car trains.


The station is unstaffed, but has a self-service ticket machine available. The old station buildings are now in private commercial use as a restaurant.[8] A wooden waiting shelter (fitted with a pay phone) is provided at the northern end of the platform, along with CIS displays, automatic announcements and timetable poster boards to offer train running information. Step-free access is available from the car park to the platform.[9]


The station in 1960

The station has a basic two-hourly service in each direction on weekdays between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly (increasing to hourly on Saturdays), augmented by a number of peak-hour stops by longer distance trains on the South Trans-Pennine and Liverpool - Norwich routes.[10] There is also a two-hourly service (with some additional afternoon trains) on Sundays. During the day; TransPennine Express services and East Midlands Trains non-stopping pass through.


  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 81. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ OS 1:2500 Second Series Derbyshire sheet XI-12 dated 1898
  3. ^ Batty, Stephen (2005). Rail Centres: Sheffield. Nottingham: Booklaw Publications. p. 53. ISBN 1-901945-21-9. 
  4. ^ SYPTE Rail Strategy 2006 p.38 SYPTE website; Retrieved 25 February 2009
  5. ^ Railway Herald issue 221 p. 3 Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Railway Herald; Retrieved 10 May 2010
  6. ^ Hope Valley Capacity Scheme - June 2015 Network Rail website; retrieved 27 July 2015
  7. ^ Northern Franchise Improvements - DfT
  8. ^ "Dore and Totley Station" (2011) Dace, Ashley; Retrieved 30 June 2017
  9. ^ Dore & Totley station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  10. ^ Table 78 National Rail timetable, May 2017


Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
Limited service
TransPennine Express
South TransPennine
Limited services
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Midland Railway
Midland Main Line
Line and station open