Complete list of stations with opening dates

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  1. TheNewNo2

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    Does anyone know of a list of current UK railway stations with their opening dates? I know that in principle I could get it from Butt, or from Wikipedia articles, but I was rather hoping someone somewhere would already have collated the information into a nice table I can play around with in Excel.
     
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    Are you asking about opening times of current stations?
     
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    Do you mean opening dates or opening times. The RCTS have published a chronology of opening dates which covers most of the UK, and is more or less correct (although there is some confusion between public opening dates and ceremonial openings).
     
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    I have a list of every Station that is currently opened, the vast majority accompanied with a photograph (about ten outstanding), with it's opening date, company that it was opened by and the TOC that has been associated with that station since privatisation, but as I have invested a lot of time and effort getting all the information together I would not publish it FOC. Try the ORR Website Station Usage spreadsheet and M. E. Quick's book and tie the two together. Have fun.

    Note:- Photographs are from my own personal collection, (Yes, I have visited all but ten stations currently open). Also Wiki and Butt are a very poor sources of reference. Primary reference work is M.E. Quick. For later opening stations, (post 1994), I use news reports and rail magazines for cross referencing.
     
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    I do mean dates, as in day/month/year.
     
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    You should look at the RCHS publication (by M.E.Quick), bearing in mind that it does not cover the whole of the UK, and that there may be two opening dates (ie public and ceremonial).
     
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    I know it's possible to make such a list, I was just hoping someone would know a webpage that had it all already.
     
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    As others have said, the best source is Michael Quick's book.

    Bear in mind that, for some stations, no one actually knows a definitive opening date. Obviously, for more recent ones they are documented better, but even then confusion can set in (like Pye Corner, used two days before it should have; which date is the actual opening date? Your answer to that question may well differ from someone else's answer!).
     
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    When I say that a station may have two opening dates, I am warning that the RCHS publication does not always make it clear which date they are quoting. For example, Witney is said to have opened on 14 November 1861, whereas local newspapers make it quite clear that the first trains were run on Wednesday 13 November 1861, on which day a full (passenger) timetable appears to have been provided for the benefit of the public.
     
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