The Search for Trent Station
I remember it quite well and as a young boy stopped at it many times on the local services, but how do you pinpoint exactly where it was if it disappeared decades ago. First of all the obvious thing to do was grab the camera, jump in the car and go and have a look and living only about 3 miles away I was there in no time I went down Trent Lane from Meadow Lane level Crossing until I got to the tall narrow bridge on my right which took you under the High Level Goods Line through this the road turned sharp left and runs parallel alongside the railway line and TRENT COTTAGES a line of railway styled properties, I'm sure originally built for railway employees and their families and at the end of this short road a gated access to a large automated signalling building.
Standing at the wire fence opposite the cottages looking the expanse of lines I assumed this is where it must have stood, as I took a few photographs I saw one of the old locals who lived in one of the cottages and asked him the burning question like Where was it? he said that he wished he had a pound for everyone that comes down here looking for it ! and said I was nowhere near and it was a lot further down the track.
With this I returned to Trent Lane and drove as far as far as possible till you get to another under-bridge which is where the lines split in different directions for Leicester and Derby so I'd gone to far and could see nothing throughout the length of the lane due to the 20 ft embankment carrying the High Level Goods line, from this I thought the only way of getting any sort of level view was from the opposite side of the tracks.
Looking at a current map I could see the only possibility of getting a view was adjacent to the Nature Reserve Forbes Hole this stood at the side of the North Curve which before it was took out connected back in to the Derby Line near sheet stores, this was a success to some degree but not with any real positive information or definite landmark we could use to get a perfect fix for the Station and platforms so it was back to the drawing board.
After trawling through endless books which all feature in some way shape or form information on Trent Station but by far the best is a book so called "Last Train From Trent Station" by Geoffrey Kingscott first published in 2006 this was the answer to the mystery as in a very small section it states the only remaining landmark nestling in trees of the embankment of the High Level Goods Line is the bridge parapet side buttresses and just visible the top of the arch of the underpass tunnel which was the main access to the station. Trent being an Island station meant it sat in the middle of an array of lines and the only way to reach it was underground so knowing that the underpass emerged on the north end of the platforms and now having the position of the other end on Trent Lane it was straight forward in projecting a tunnel line giving us the exact co-ordinates we needed to construct the station.