MELTON MOWBRAY MIDLAND STATION - PAGE 2
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE STEAM ERA.

MELTON STEAM COLOUR

IRON ORE EMPTIES HEAD THROUGH MELTON IN FEBRUARY 1964 BEHIND AUSTERITY 2-8-0 No. 90471. TWO HORSEBOXES STAND ON THE RIGHT SUGGESTING THAT PERHAPS THE HUNT WAS MEETING LOCALLY. 
3F melton

3F 0-6-0 43751 RUNS THROUGH MELTON TOWN ON 4th APRIL 1954. THE OLD LEVEL CROSSING KEEPER'S COTTAGE IS ON THE RIGHT.

fowler 264 melton sta

A LOCAL TRAIN FOR NOTTINGHAM LEAVING MELTON TOWN DURING APRIL 1957 BEHIND FOWLER 2-6-4T 42339.
THE MAIN LINE HAS RECENTLY BEEN RELAID.

dalby road bridge

4F 0-6-0 44539 TRUNDLES UNDER THE DALBY ROAD BRIDGE - THE ORIGINAL TEMPORARY MELTON STATION STOOD ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE FROM 1846 TO 1848. THIS BRIDGE IS NOT THE ORIGINAL, WHICH WAS PROBABLY TIMBER.

8f freight
THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN FROM THE BRIDGE, SHOWING 8F 2-8-0 48005 PASSING THE SITE OF THE TEMPORARY STATION AS IT APPROACHES MELTON STATION.


old bridge

THE OLDEST KNOWN PICTURE OF THE RAILWAYS IN MELTON MOWBRAY, PROBABLY TAKEN AROUND 1880. IT SHOWS THE MEDIEVAL STONE BRIDGE THAT TOOK THE OAKHAM ROAD ACROSS THE RIVER EYE, AND BEYOND IS THE RAILWAY, WHICH CROSSES A LOW BRIDGE OVER A SLIPWAY TO THE RIGHT OF THE BRIDGE. TO THE RIGHT OF THIS IS A TALL DOUBLE ARMED SIGNAL POST. TO THE LEFT IS THE LEVEL CROSSING SIGNAL BOX; THE CROSSING ITSELF IS OUT OF SIGHT BEHIND THE BRIDGE. THE BUILDING WITH THE GABLE END ON THE RIGHT IS THE BOAT INN, AND THE CHURCH TOWER CAN DIMLY BE SEEN TO THE LEFT OF THIS. THE POOL IN THE FOREGROUND WAS THE END OF THE OAKHAM CANAL WHICH WAS SUPERCEDED BY THE RAILWAY. THIS LOOKS A MUCH MORE PLEASANT APPROACH TO THE TOWN, BUT IT WOULDN'T HAVE COPED WITH TODAY'S TRAFFIC...IN FACT THE NEW ROAD BRIDGE WAS ERECTED IN 1900, UGLY BUT NECESSARY.

2P LOCO

JOHNSON 2-4-0 No. 191 STANDS AT MELTON STATION IN AROUND 1930 ON A LOCAL TRAIN FOR PETERBOROUGH. THE SIGNALS BEHIND THE TRAIN ARE INTERESTING; THEY WERE REMOVED WHEN THE NEW SIGNAL BOX WAS BUILT IN 1942 AND THE STATION WAS RESIGNALLED. THE MR SIDINGS SIGNAL BOX CAN JUST BE GLIMPSED IN THE HAZE BEHIND THE REAR COACH.

TOWN STATION

THE STATION IN THE EARLY 1950'S, STILL IN GRUBBY LMS PAINTWORK. LITTLE LIGHT IS ABLE TO PENERTATE THE FILTHY GLAZING OF THE CANOPIES.

TOWN STATION

THE STATION IN THE 1950'S, WITH BR ENAMEL SIGNS IN WHITE ON MAROON.

PORTICO

THE FANCY PORTICO, ADDED TO THE STATION IN 1879 IN A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO COMPETE WITH THE IMPRESSIVE NEW STATION ON THE JOINT LINE.
IVATT CLASS 2

IVATT CLASS 2 2-6-0 No 46496 STANDS AT THE STATION ON A LOCAL TRAIN TO PETERBOROUGH AROUND 1960.
WET SATTION
THE VIEW THROUGH THE PLATFORMS ON A WET DAY IN 1958.

VIEW FROM BRIDGE

THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN FROM THE ROAD BRIDGE ON 22nd APRIL 1961, AND SHOWS A LOT OF DETAIL. ON THE RIGHT IS THE FORMER LEVEL CROSSING COTTAGE, RETAINED FOR USE BY THE STATION STAFF AND PW WORKERS. DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF IT IS THE SITE OF THE FORMER LEVEL CROSSING, IN USE UNTIL 1900. THE WATER TOWER IS ON THE LEFT; THIS WAS PROBABLY BUILT IN 1871 WHEN THE BRICK BUILDINGS ON THE LEICESTER PLATFORM WERE ERECTED WITH THE CANOPIES. THERE IS A RARE GLIMPSE OF THE GOODS YARD ON THE RIGHT. THE TALL SIGNAL WAS MADE NECESSARY BY THE PROXIMITY OF THE FOOTBRIDGE. THE CLASS 5 4-6-0 No 44861  IS UNUSUALLY LARGE MOTIVE POWER FOR THE STOPPING TRAIN.

PRATT 20

PHOTO BY TIM PRATT.

PRATT 21 

PHOTO BY TIM PRATT.

GARRATT

NOT A GREAT PICTURE, BUT IT'S THE ONLY ONE I HAVE SEEN OF A GARRETT RUNNING THROUGH THE STATION; TONY TOOK IT FROM UNDERNEATH THE ROAD BRIDGE IN 1955. PHOTO - TONY HILL.

TONY HILL PIC

FROM ALMOST THE SAME POSITION IS THIS PICTURE OF A 8F 2-8-0 APPROACHING THE BRIDGE.  PICTURE - TONY HILL. 

TONY HILL 2

TONY GOT A BIT CLOSER TO THE STATION FOR THIS SHOT, OF A CLASS 5 4-6-0 ON A THROUGH PASSENGER WORKING. THIS GIVES AN EXCELLENT VIEW OF THE WATER TOWER WITH IT'S HEADER TANK.  PICTURE - TONY HILL.

WET STATION
THE VIEW FROM THE PLATFORM END IN 1958 SHOWING THE BEGINNING OF THE GOODS LOOPS BEYOND THE BRIDGE. 


MELTON STA

A GENERAL VIEW OF THE PLATFORMS IN 1958, WITH A TRAIN EXPECTED FROM LEICESTER.

8F snow

FREEZING WEATHER ON MARCH 1st 1954 AS 8F 2-8-0 No. 48305 RUNS THROUGH THE STATION WITH A COAL TRAIN.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES


2P in station

TAKEN FROM THE LOADING BANK, 2P 4-4-0 No. 40396 PULLS OUT TOWARDS LEICESTER ON 8th APRIL 1958.  PHOTO G.D. KING.

2p passes signal box

FROM THE SAME POSITION BUT LOOKING THE OTHER WAY, COMPOUND 4-4-0 No. 41066 RUNS INTO THE STATION FROM LEICESTER AS A 4F WAITS IN THE SIDING.   PHOTO. G.D. KING.

last yarmouth train melton

THE LAST TRAIN FOR THE M&GN LINE AND GREAT YARMOUTH AT MELTON TOWN ON 28th FEBRUARY 1959 BEHIND 4MT 2-6-0 43060. THE TRAIN ORIGINATED IN BIRMINGHAM AND RAN TO YARMOUTH BEACH STATION.

PO WAGON

THESE TWO PRIVATE OWNER COAL WAGONS WERE BUILT BY CHARLES ROBERTS Co Ltd AND WOULD PROBABLY HAVE RUN FROM MELTON TO THE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COALFIELD. THE COAL CLUB HAD SUBSCRIBERS WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO BUY COAL MORE CHEAPLY AS A GROUP THAN THEY WOULD AS PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS. THE BLACK PLATE WAS FOR THE NAME OF THE COLLLIERY TO BE CHALKED ON, SO THEY COULD SEND THE WAGON WHEREVER THE COAL WAS CHEAPEST AT THE TIME. THIS WAS PROBABLY THEIR ONLY WAGON, AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HIRED RATHER THAN PURCHASED, BUT THE Co-Op WAGON IS NUMBER THREE SO THEY RAN AT LEAST A SMALL FLEET AND GENERALLY OWNED THEIR WAGONS OUTRIGHT. THE COAL CLUB WAGON IS SEA GREY WITH WHITE LETTERING SHADED IN BLACK, AND THE Co-Op WAGON IS DESCRIBED AS 'LONDON RED'.


PO WAGON

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