Unique pictures reveal how Sheffield railway station has changed over the years

Sheffield Midland railway station, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, has seen huge changes, the latest of which is the proposed arrival of the hugely controversial HS2 high-speed line.

Wednesday, 6th October 2021, 10:14 am

When the first picture was taken in 1959, the nationalisation of the system under British Rail had only been going for 11 years. You can see cars parked under the arches, which is now the station concourse with glass enclosing the whole area.

Nowadays the area in front of the station is pedestrianised and the approach is dominated by huge stainless steel and stone water features.

The station opened in 1870, 40 years after passenger rail services started in Britain, but the current building dates to 1904.

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Sheffield Midland Station in 1959

Sheffield Midland station was the last of five central city stations to be built and for many years the Sheffield Victoria station at the Wicker Arches was the city’s main passenger station. That closed in January 1970.

This Google Maps image of Sheffield Midland Station from last year includes a window celebrating its 150th anniversary - you can also just see the leaping salmon statue and the edge of the wall of steel water feature