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Belper is a small town approximately 9 miles outside of Derby. It is in the heart of Derbyshire and has a beautiful landscape. The station is a small two-platform country station situated on the Midland Mainline and the Virgin Cross Country route between Chesterfield and Derby. There is a Branchline just north of the station at Ambergate that goes to Matlock. This line used to be extended to Manchester Via Buxton.
Railway type and traffic
You would usually see Midland Mainline HSTs, Virgin Voyagers and Super Voyagers on the mainline passing through the station at 110mph as well as a lot of Meridians on Sundays. The Matlock stopping service is usually formed with a Central Trains 156, 158 or 170, with the occasional Double 153. The 156s come in a variety of liveries with the most common being the Central Trains livery.
There always a fair bit of freight mainly DB Schenker and Freightliner with 66s and 60s.
The station is situated in the town centre. It is a very small town with a warm feel to it. Most of the people in the surrounding area are friendly.
There is a public car park for Sommerfield surrounding the station so there is no shortage of parking.
There is an hourly service from Derby to Belper operated by Central Trains. There is also the Morning service from Barnsley and Sheffield.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is no shortage of chip shops and bars in the immediate area. Itís right next to the high street. There is plenty of things to do other than stay at the station.
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The railway runs under the town as apposed to straight through or round it, this means the station is in a cutting. The rail is on a natural cant, which also helps with the effect on you photos. Because of the blind corner some trains do sound their horns when approaching the platform.
General views - All photographs © Sam Clements unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
The footbridge affords a good overhead view of passing trains
Fig 2 - Looking north - Pic © John Jarman
Fig 3 - Looking north - Pic © John Jarman
from the Long Row bridge, just north of the station. This is the most northerly of the four consecutive, closely spaced bridges over the cutting. These can all be reached via footpaths which run alongside the line from the Down platform.
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