Spring Vale railway station

Spring Vale railway station was a railway station that served the community of Spring Vale, in Darwen, Lancashire, England. It was opened by the Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway on 3 August 1847, and was originally named Sough.[1] At first, it was the southern terminus of the line from Blackburn (Bolton Road); the line south of Sough to Bolton opened on 12 June 1848.[2] The station was renamed Spring Vale and Sough in November 1870,[3] and Spring Vale on 1 March 1877. It was closed on 5 August 1958,[4][5] two days after nearby Lower Darwen.[6] It achieved noteworthiness when, on the night of 25 September 1931, Mahatma Gandhi alighted from a train there to spend the night with a local family whilst visiting England to see the effects of his cotton making campaign on the British textile industry.[citation needed]

Spring Vale
Location
PlaceSpring Vale
AreaBlackburn with Darwen
Coordinates53°41′12″N 2°27′26″W / 53.6868°N 2.4572°W / 53.6868; -2.4572Coordinates: 53°41′12″N 2°27′26″W / 53.6868°N 2.4572°W / 53.6868; -2.4572
Operations
Original companyBolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms2
History
3 August 1847 (1847-08-03)Opened as Sough; terminus of line
12 June 1848Line extended to Bolton
November 1870Renamed Spring Vale and Sough
1 March 1877Renamed Spring Vale
5 August 1958 (1958-08-05)Closed to passengers
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 214. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 178, 181. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 214, 218
  4. ^ Butt 1995, p. 218
  5. ^ Daniels, Gerald David; Dench, Leslie Alan (February 1963) [1962]. Passengers No More 1952–1962. Closures of stations and branch lines (PDF) (2nd ed.). Brighton: GLO. p. 23. OCLC 504319235.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  6. ^ Daniels & Dench 1963, p. 18
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Darwen
Line and station open
  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton Railway
  Entwistle
Line and station open