Sunday, 29 January 2017

Derby (DBY)

Information
Type: National Rail (Midland Main Line)
Station code: DBY
Opened: 1839
Platforms: 6
Derby is one of the great railway centres on the network. It was once the headquarters of the Midland Railway. Nowadays it is still a junction of the Midland Main Line and the lines to Birmingham and Matlock, and also adjacent to the Railway Technical Centre. One of the largest remaining railway manufacturing centres at Bombardier Derby is also nearby.

Derby first got a station when the Midland Counties Railway station opened in 1839, though this was only a temporary structure with the first permanent station opening the following year. Derby, which for a time was known as Derby Midland, has been extended and rebuilt a number of times. The most recent in the early 1980s. The station will again change in a few years time with a seventh platform and a remodelling of the layout to remove a bottleneck at peak periods. Eventually it will also be under the wires thanks to the Midland Main Line electrification (though this project is subject to delays).


Derby has 5 through platforms and a smaller bay platform. It is served by East Midland Trains Midland Mainline services and Cross Country services between the North East and South West as well as links to destinations like Matlock, Crewe and Nottingham. There are two entrances to the station with a second entrance added at the Pride Park development in the 2001.
Two XC services stand at Derby

Busy times at Derby, including an EMT service in the bay platform

An RTC train passes below the footbridge that links to the Pride Park entrance

A good deal of the platform space is covered by these canopies