MELTON MIDLAND STATION TO BRENTINGBY JUNCTION.

AS THE ENTRY INTO THE GOODS LOOPS WAS PART OF THE STATION TRACKWORK I HAVE DECIDED TO INCLUDE THE WHOLE OF THIS SECTION OF TRACK ON THE WEBSITE.

THE SECTION OF LINE TO THE EAST OF MELTON WAS PLAIN DOUBLE TRACK UNTIL 1904 WHEN IT WAS DECIDED TO INSTALL GOODS LOOPS TO ALLOW FREIGHT TRAINS TO BE OVERTAKEN BY PASSENGER SERVICES. THIS SECTION OF LINE WAS ALREADY BUSY FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE NOTTINGHAM DIRECT LINE, BUT IN ADDITION FROM 1892 THERE WAS ALSO TRAFFIC COMING OFF THE  MIDLAND & GREAT NORTHERN JOINT LINE AT SAXBY JUNCTION. IT WAS BECOMMING A BOTTLENECK.

WORK BEGAN ON REALIGNING THE MAIN LINES DURING I904, AND REPLACING BRIDGES ETC. THE GOODS LOOPS WERE OPENED FROM MELTON STATION TO BRENTINGBY JUNCTION ON 4th DECEMBER 1904. THE MIDLAND ALWAYS CALLED SIGNAL BOXES AT THE END OF GOODS LOOPS 'JUNCTION' ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO OTHER LINE JOINING THE MAIN ROUTE. AS THE MAIN LINE WAS LEVEL AND STRAIGHT, AT THE SAME TIME IT WAS DECIDED TO INSALL WATER TROUGHS ON THE FOUR TRACK SECTION; TWO LARGE WATER TANKS WERE BUILT ALONGSIDE THE LINE AND TROUGHS WERE PUT IN ON ALL FOUR TRACKS, COMING INTO USE ON 3rd MAY 1905. THOSE ON THE GOODS LINES MUST HAVE BEEN OF LIMITED USE AS A TRAIN HAD TO ACHIEVE A REASONABLE SPEED IN ORDER TO PICK UP WATER; LITTLE USED, THEY WERE REMOVED IN 1926. THE MAIN LINE TROUGHS REMAINED IN PLACE UNTIL STEAM WORKING FINISHED; THEY WERE REMOVED AROUND 1966. THE JUNCTION SIGNAL BOX REMAINED OPEN UNTIL 25th JUNE 1978, WHEN THE LOOPS WERE SHORTENED AND WORKED FROM MELTON SIGNAL BOX. 

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THE END OF THE GOODS LOOPS, TAKEN FROM UNDER THE OAKHAM ROAD BRIDGE AT MELTON STATION IN 1955.





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A QUARTER OF A MILE OR SO FROM THE ROAD BRIDGE  THE LINE CROSSES THESE TWO BRIDGES, BUILT TO ALLOW FLOOD WATER FROM THE RIVER EYE TO ESCAPE; THEY WERE BUILT IN THIS FORM WHEN THE LOOPS WERE INSTALLED.

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ANOTHER QUARTER OF A MILE FURTHER ON THIS FOOTBRIDGE CROSSES THE LINE, CARRYING A FOOTPATH. THIS IS JUBILEE 4-6-0 No 45598 'BASUTOLAND' IN FEBRUARY 1955, HEADING AWAY FROM MELTON.

BRENTINGBY

IN DECEMBER 1955 STANDARD CLASS 5 No 73047 APPROACHES MELTON STATION WITH A THROUGH TRAIN FOR THE NOTTINGHAM LINE.

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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN FROM THE FOOTBRIDGE, LOOKING TOWARDS MELTON; IT SHOWS D7593 ON AN UP FREIGHT TRAIN ON THE MAIN LINE. THE PEDIGREE PETFOODS FACTORY IS IN THE BACKGROUND.

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August 1963, the view from the footbridge.  Photo by Terry Tracey

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An ironstone train seen from the footbridge in August 1963 behind an 8F 2-8-0.  Photo by Terry Tracey

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A similar view taken on the same date, but this time the freight is running up the main line. Photo by Terry Tracey


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BEYOND THE FOOTBRIDGE WERE BRENTINGBY WATER TROUGHS, INSTALLED ON A LEVEL STRETCH OF STRAIGHT TRACK FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. FAST TRAINS TO AND FROM THE NOTTINGHAM LINE USED THE TROUGHS MOST, AS THERE WAS NOT TIME FOR EXPRESS TRAINS TO TAKE WATER DURING STATION STOPS. THERE WERE ORIGINALLY TROUGHS ON THE GOODS LINES TOO BUT THESE WERE TAKEN OUT IN 1926. THERE WAS A WATER TOWER ON EACH SIDE OF THE LINE.

 

 

 


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A B1 4-6-0 passing the troughs and the twin water tanks during August 1963. Photo by Terry Tracey

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A 'BLACK 5' PICKING UP WATER AT SPEED IN 1955.    PHOTO - TONY HILL.

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RATHER MORE SEDATE PROGRESS FOR THIS 4F ON A STOPPING TRAIN.    PHOTO - TONY HILL.

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8F 2-8-0 No. 48493 ON THE DOWN MAIN LINE WITH A MIXED FREIGHT IN JANUARY 1965. THERE IS ALREADY A COLOUR LIGHT SIGNAL  CONTROLLING THE MAIN LINE. PHOTO - G.D. KING.

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ANOTHER 8F No. 48218 ON A TRAIN OF COAL EMPTIES HEADING WEST ALONG THE MAIN LINE IN 1958.

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THIS OVERBRIDGE CROSSED THE FOUR LINES JUST BEFORE THE END OF THE GOODS LOOPS AT BRENTINGBY JUNCTION.

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TAKEN FROM THE BRIDGE AND LOOKING EAST, THIS PICTURE SHOWS 9F 2-10-0 No 92124 IN JANUARY 1965, CROSSING ONTO THE GOODS LINE AT BRENTINGBY JUNCTION WITH A TRAIN OF IRON ORE. THE SHORT SIDING ON THE LEFT WAS FOR CRIPPLED WAGONS. THERE IS A WATER CRANE AT THE END OF THE UP GOODS LOOP, PROBABLY INSTALLED WHEN THE TROUGHS ON THAT LINE WERE REMOVED IN 1926. GOODS TRAINS USUALLY HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO STOP AND FILL UP WITH WATER WHILE WAITIING FOR A PATH ON THE MAIN LINE.

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IN 1978 THE LOOPS WERE SHORTENED AND BRENTINGBY JUNCTION SIGNAL BOX WAS CLOSED; THIS IS THE VIEW FROM THE OVERBRIDGE LOOKING TOWARDS MELTON WITH A LOCAL TRIAN PASSING. THE FOOTBRIDGE CAN BE SEEN IN THE DISTANCE.

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THIS IS THE VIEW THE OTHER WAY, SHOWING WHAT WAS BRENTINGBY JUNCTION; THE M.R. LAMP HUT MARKS THE POSITION OF THE SIGNAL BOX, BEYOND WHICH THE LINE CROSSES THE RIVER EYE..

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THE END OF THE LOOPS SEEN IN 2006.

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