MELTON MOWBRAY MIDLAND STATION - PAGE 4
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 1980'S.

DURING THE EARLY 1980's I TOOK A LOT OF PHOTGRAPHS OF MELTON STATION; A LOT HAD ALREADY GONE BUT MUCH REMAINED THAT HAS SINCE BEEN SWEPT AWAY SO THESE PICTURES FORM AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL RECORD. THINGS WERE CHANGING THEN TOO; THE PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE WAS BUILT ALONGSIDE THE ROAD BRIDGE, A MUCH NEEDED IMPROVEMENT FOR PEDESTRIANS THOUGH IT DOESN'T DO MUCH FOR THE LOOK OF THE STATION.

CLASS 31

THIS WAS THE TYPICAL 1980'S STOPPING TRAIN, A CLASS 31 AND FIVE COACHES. THEY WERE REPLACED BY TWO CAR DMU's AND BR COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY EVERONE COMPLAINED ABOUT THE OVERCROWDING.

CLASS 31

FREIGHT TRAINS WERE MUCH MORE UNCOMMON; I WAS LUCKY TO SEE THIS BALLAST TRAIN WHICH WAS SHUNTED INTO THE SIDING ON THE LEFT TO ALLOW THE PASSENGER TRAIN TO PASS.

STATION

ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHANGES TO THE STATION BUILDING HAS BEEN THE DEMOLITION OF THIS CURVED WING WALL WHICH ENCLOSED THE GENTS TOILETS; NOW, OF COURSE, THERE IS NOWHERE TO SPEND A PENNY. THE HIGH WALL ON THE LEFT WAS PART OF THE 1871 ALTERATIONS, BUILT TO SUPPORT THE NEW CANOPIES.

GATE

THE GATE ON THE STATION APPROACH ROAD, WITH M.R. DIAGONAL FENCING ABOVE.

FOORBRIDGE

THE NEWLY COMPLETED FOOTBRIDGE, IN AROUND 1984.

1980'S

THE STATION BEFORE THE BRICK WALL WAS CUT SHORT; THE CANOPY USED TO EXTEND RIGHT TO THE END. THE DOOR TO THE RIGHT OF THE LAST PILLAR IS THE GENTS. THE HIGH WALL DATES FROM 1871 WHEN THE RIDGE AND FURROW CANOPIES WERE ERECTED, IT WAS NOT PART OF THE ORIGINAL STATION.

1980'S

THE STATION WAS LOOKING PRETTY SHABBY IN THE 1980'S; IT'S A LOT BETTER LOOKED AFTER NOW.

footbridge

FOOTBRIDGE

THE FOOTBRIDGE, IN DRAB GREY, WAS REALLY IN NEED OF SOME ATTENTION. NOW IT LOOKS SUPERB, BUT SADLY THE BUILDERS PLATE WAS LOST IN THE PROCESS.

1980'S

THE CANOPY GLAZING DOESN'T LOOK AS THOUGH IT HAS BEEN CLEANED SINCE STEAM DAYS, THOUGH THE PAINTWORK IS QUITE FRESH.

ROAD BRIDGE

LOOKING THE OTHER WAY, IT LOOKS VERY BARE WHERE THE CROSSING COTTAGE ONCE STOOD.

STATION

THE RAIL BLUE AND IVORY COLOUR SCHEME SUITS THE BUILDING QUITE WELL.



1980'S

THE BOOKING HALL WAS AN OPEN CORRIDOR; LATER A WOOD AND GLASS SCREEN WAS INSTALLED ACROSS THE OPENING WHICH LOOKS SO TRADITIONAL ONE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING IT WAS AN ORIGINAL FEATURE.

booking hall.

BOOKING HALL

THE BOOKING HALL IS CERTAINLY PART OF THE 1871 ALTERATIONS - THE METAL GIRDER OVER THE OPENING WASN'T AN ORIGINAL FEATURE FROM 1848 WHEN THE WALL WOULD HAVE CONTINUED AND ACCESS TO THE PLATFORM WOULD HAVE BEEN THROUGH A DOOR. THE WINDOW ON THE RIGHT (THE BOOKING OFFICE) LOOKS TO DATE FROM THEN TOO, IT CERTAINLY DOESN'T MATCH ANY OF THE OTHER ORIGINAL WIINDOWS WHICH HAVE STONE TRIMMINGS.

booking hall

WATER FOUNTAIN

THE SHAPE ON THE BRICKWORK SHOWS WHERE A MIDLAND RAILWAY CAST IRON WATER FOUNTAIN ONCE STOOD.

wagon works

WAGON WORKS

THIS IS THE WAGON REPAIRS BUILDING WHICH WAS BUILT AT SOME POINT BETWEEN 1882 AND 1904; IT IS STILL THERE BUT SURROUNDED BY MATURE TREES SO THAT IN THE SUMMER IT IS TOTALLY INVISIBLE. WAGON REPAIRS DEPOTS SUCH AS THIS WERE QUITE COMMON; ANY WAGON DEVELOPING A FAULT IN THE LOCAL AREA WOULD BE BROUGHT HERE FOR REPAIR SO THAT IT COULD QUICKLY BE BACK IN TRAFFIC.


WAGON WORKS

1871 buildings

1871 buildings

1871 BUILDINGS

CANOPIES

SIGNAL BOX

THE ASBESTOS SHED ON THE LOADING DOCK WAS PUT IN AT THE SAME TIME AS THE NEW GOODS SHED WAS BUILT, AROUND 1962. THERE WERE CATTLE PENS ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE DOCK. THE WAGONS INDICATE THAT THERE WAS STILL SOME FREIGHT TRAFFIC AT THIS TIME.

SIGNAL BOX


DALBY ROAD

THE VIEW FROM DALBY ROAD BRIDGE BEFORE MUCH OF THE TRACK WAS RATIONALISED.

DALBY ROAD

THIS IS THE VIEW LOOKING THE OTHER WAY, TOWARDS MELTON JUNCTION.

SIGNAL

THE SIGNAL ON THE FAR SIDE OF DALBY ROAD BRIDGE, CONTROLLING ENTRY INTO THE STATION.

STATION

THE APPROACH TO THE STATION WASN'T PARTICULARLY APPEALING IN THE EARLY 80's, THOUGH IT WAS PRETTY MUCH UNCHANGED FROM STEAM DAYS AT THIS POINT.

GOODS YARD

THIS IS THE VIEW INTO THE FORMER GOODS YARD FROM THE APPROACH ROAD; THE GOODS SHED HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED APART FROM THE OFFICE ON THE LEFT, USED BY FAIRTAX COACHES. THE WHITE BUILDING IS THE FORMER STABLE BLOCK WHERE THE HORSES WERE HOUSED THAT PULLED THE DELIVERY DRAYS AND SHUNTED THE GOODS YARD. 

STABLES

THE REAR OF THE STABLE BLOCK. THE GROUND IN THE FOREGROUND USED TO BE THE GARDEN OF THE STATION MASTER'S HOUSE.

GOODS SHED

THIS OFFICE IS THE ONLY REMAINING PART OF THE OLD GOODS SHED; HOWEVER IT DOES NOT DATE FROM 1848, THE ENGINEERING BRICK PLINTH IS MUCH TOO MODERN. I WOULD PLACE IT NEARER TO 1900, SO IT DOESN'T HELP IN PICTURING WHAT THE ORIGINAL GOODS SHED LOOKED LIKE.

STATION THROAT

THIS IS THE VIEW OF THE TRACKWORK LEADING INTO THE GOODS YARD.

GOODS SHED

THIS MODERN GOODS SHED WAS BUILT AROUND 1962, JUST AS LOCAL GOODS TRAFFIC WAS DISAPPEARING FROM THE RAILWAYS. THE 1848 GOODS SHED WAS A PROBLEM, AS THE ONLY WAY TO GET A WAGON INTO IT WAS FROM A WAGON TURNTABLE WHICH MEANT A LOCOMOTIVE COULDN'T BE USED. HORSES WOULD HAVE SHUNTED THE YARD FOR MANY YEARS, BUT THEN THE OLD SHED WAS DEMOLISHED AND THIS LARGE STRUCTURE REPLACED IT. IT WAS ONLY USED FOR A VERY FEW YEARS; IN THE 80's FAIRTAX COACHES USED IT, AND IT WASN'T DEMOLISHED UNTIL 2010 WHEN THE SITE WAS DEVELOPED FOR THE NEW COUNCIL OFFICES.

PORTICO

TWO CLOSE UP PICTURES OF THE 1879 PORTICO.

PORTICO


SHEDS

STATION APPROACH

THE SIDING NEAREST THE STATION WAS EXTENDED INTO THE PEDIGREE FACTORY IN THE 1990'S BUT THE ATTEMPT TO PUT THEIR TRAFFIC ONTO RAIL WAS VERY SHORT LIVED.

LOOPS

THE VIEW FROM THE OAKHAM ROAD BRIDGE TOWARDS BRENTINGBY JUNCTION.

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