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I am hoping somebody on here will be able to help in one way or another...

I am trying to obtain photograph(s) and and information anybody has on the former railway station "Breaston & Draycott", but not the station stop "Breaston" which was then renamed "Sawley" - They were 2 seperate stops.

A Few years ago I found a book around the house with 1 photo, but since I can't find it.

The station was situated between "Trent Junction" nr Long Eaton station, and Derby.

I would appreciate any help please.

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The 'British Railway Atlas 1955', published by Ian Allan in 2000 actually lists the station as 'Draycott and Breaston' - the name order might be important if you are doing an internet search.

Sources of information are:
Local Libraries - may have books and/or maps or collections of local history.
Local history societies.
County Archive in particular may have large-scale maps going back some considerable time.
Middleton Press are working their way down the Midland main line and connecting railways at present; a look at their website www.middletonpress.co.uk may show if they've published anything yet on the area you are interested in.
Track diagrams for a number of stations can be found on www.signalbox.org - although signal box diagrams are not to scale but do give you the layout. The Signalling Records Society (SRS) may also be able to help - I don't know their URL but there is a link from the Signalbox website above.

Hope this helps,
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Try Ian Allan, I don't know if they have anything in their current catalogue but they have almost certainly published something in the past. Your local county library would certainly have some books on the subject. It could also be worth while checking out local second hand book shops. Hope this is off some help.

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Thanks, will have a look around those websites a little later tonight when I return home from work, Could have been named Draycott and Breaston, but thought it would have been in alphabetical order.

I live just a couple of mins away from the former station site, hense my reasonings for re-creating the station in scale. one platform remains at the site, though it is covered with weeds and bushes, thornes etc, and has since had a big metal fence added to the platform edge right the way accross, suppose to stop people getting onto tracks if they wanted to.

Many thanks again
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I'll browse the magnificent Warley MRC LMS section of the club library next week. There are several books on LMS stations if memory serves me right. I did a recent search on info about Moor Street Station (GWR) and so station books happen to be an area of recent research. More of the same should only take a few minutes.

I also did a search on a Pullman coach plate with the lot number on that I have and would you believe that I found a book with the precise info in after just 10 mins! Warley MRC have a very organised library!

I have an original LMS route map in my possesion so I will check out the route on that as there are books on "LMS around Derby" and such like.

As I am visiting the Warley MRC library I had better watch my borrowed DVD's as I am bound to be asked for them back!

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Whilst browsing I discovered that the station was called Draycott and Breeston and not the other way around. Found a route/track plan of the station and that is about as far as I got. Its a bit further from Derby than I thought and more towards Rugby. Thats a section of track that does not seem well covered by the books I browsed through although I did discover that I should have been looking for Draycott and not Breeston towards then end of my session.

I was side tracked by talk of what national service men got up to with ladies of the night in non corridor compartmented coaches in the 1950's and that probably didn't help my search!

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QUOTE (Gary @ 31 Oct 2007, 20:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Whilst browsing I discovered that the station was called Draycott and Breeston and not the other way around. Found a route/track plan of the station and that is about as far as I got. Its a bit further from Derby than I thought and more towards Rugby. Thats a section of track that does not seem well covered by the books I browsed through although I did discover that I should have been looking for Draycott and not Breeston towards then end of my session.

I was side tracked by talk of what national service men got up to with ladies of the night in non corridor compartmented coaches in the 1950's and that probably didn't help my search!

Happy modelling
Gary

Hi Gary, Draycott and Breaston as a place is 6 miles by road from Derby.

Is there any posability that you got copies of the track plan by any chance, as it would help a lot in my project. I found a "Book" at home but its not the one I was looking for unfortunatly, as nothing is included, but If my knowledge serves me correctly, there was a siding on the same side as the station building?

My email address should be in my profile, if not, just let meknow and I will pop it down on here.

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An excellent resource is this website, which lists references to most British and Irish station photogrpahs that have been published, although I don't know how up to date it is, bearing in mind the current output from Middleton Press in particular:
http://www.mulehouse.demon.co.uk/stations/index.htm
For your subject it came up with only four examples - I have extracted the information about each book from elsewhere on the website:
Draycott & Breaston (Mid.)
• 001806 Page 5

Publisher 0018 - Reflections of a Bygone Age, Keyworth, Nottingham
• 001806 : Derbyshire Railway Stations on Old Picture Postcards [B.Lund] (1995) 0 9462 4586 X
• 002302 Page 126
Publisher 0023 - Midas Books [ Address not known]
• 002302 : Midland Line Memories [B.Radford] (1983) 0 8593 6267 1
012201 Page 13
Publisher 0122 - Midland Railway Trust, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire
• 012201 : Midland Counties Railway [M.Higginson] (1989) 1 8721 9400 1
PC/RT List6 (R125/24)
This is a Post Card source Note that since compiling the register, the Rokeby-Thompson collection, which was distributed by Robert Humm, has now been sold and is marketed as 'Stations U.K.'
 

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QUOTE Is there any posability that you got copies of the track plan by any chance, as it would help a lot in my project

That was in mind when I saw the track plan (it is the original Victorian period plan and it may have changed since of course) however the Warley MRC member who has the key to the photocopier room was not around. It is on my agenda when I next spot "Mr Photocopier person" at the club or I could borrow the book however I am fully booked out on library borrowing right now so it could be a week or two but it will happen.

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There is a publication called "the midland railway archive" I think thats its correct name it may be possible to contact the group that publishes that to see if theyve ever done an article on that station
 

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Many Thanks Gary.
Bangerblueed, i will try that when I get some spare time, but judging by its title I think I may already have it but I am not sure... will have to dig deep.

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Here is the official Midland Railways track plan for Draycott and Beeston Stations. Looks a bit complex with all those marshalling sidings however would make for a very interesting operational layout!:-



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Thanks for your time Gary! The main part i am modeling as I am doing various parts of UK network in one layout so for example, Train goes from Midland network stright onto Scottish network then stright onto West Coast line etc, in no particular order. Just want to do somthing interesting for a change. It just happens that the part of line which runs past home is the hardest to find info on, many thanks :)
 
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