MELTON NORTH


MELTON MOWBRAY JOINT STATION OPENED WITH THE LINE DURING SEPTEMBER 1879 - THE EXACT DATE SEEMS TO BE UNCERTAIN. THERE WERE ORIGINALLY TWO LNWR SIGNAL BOXES, WHICH WERE REPLACED WITH A SINGLE OVERTRACK GANTRY BOX IN 1914. THE LNWR WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING THE LINE SOUTH OF MELTON AND THE GNR TO THE NORTHY, THE USE OF LNWR SIGNAL BOXES IMPLYING THAT THE LNWR CONTRACT INCLUDED MELTON STATION WHICH MAY WELL IN THAT CASE HAVE BEEN PAINTED IN LNWR BUFF AND BROWN COLOURS. NO EXPENCE WAS SPARED ON THE STATION BUILDINGS WHICH WERE BUILT OF GLAZED RED BRICK; THE FIRST CLASS WAITING ROOM WAS PANELLED IN OAK, AND THE TOILET SEAT INCORPERATED A HOT WATER PIPE!

THE STATION WAS RENAMED MELTON MOWBRAY NORTH IN 1950, BUT CLOSED TO PASSENGERS ON 5th DECEMBER 1953 OTHER THAN FOR HOLIDAY EXCURSIONS WHICH CONTINUED UNTIL THE END OF THE 1962 SEASON ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9th. THE OFFICIAL CLOSURE DATE WAS 21st JANUARY 1963 BUT THERE HAD BEEN NO TRAINS SINCE SEPTEMBER, IT WAS SIMPLY A RUBBER STAMP EXERCISE BY THEN.  GOODS TRAFFIC FINISHED ON 29th MAY 1964 WITH THE LAST TRAIN RUNNING ON 5th JULY TO COLLECT ANY REMAINING WAGONS AND THE SITE WAS CLEARED DURING 1970.

THE PROBLEM WITH MELTON NORTH WAS THAT IT SERVED NOTTINGHAM AND LEICESTER, BOTH OF WHICH COULD BE REACHED MORE QUICKLY ON THE MIDLAND ROUTE. THE OTHER JOINT LINE DESTINATIONS SUCH AS MARKET HARBOROUGH & GRANTHAM SIMPLY DIDN'T GENERATE ENOUGH TRAFFIC. THE STATION WAS MAGNIFIECENT, BUT HARDLY ANYONE EVER USED IT.

THE LINE CROSSED THREE ROADS TO THE WEST OF THE STATION, SCALFORD ROAD, NOTTINGHAM ROAD AND ASFORDBY ROAD.  A METAL GIRDER BRIDGE ON BRICK ABUTMENTS WAS USED FOR SCALFORD ROAD AND NOTTINGHAM ROAD, BUT ASFORDBY ROAD BRIDGE WAS A BRICK ARCH. ALL THREE HAVE BEEN DEMOLOISHED, BUT THE TRACKBED REMAINS IN USE AS A FOOTPATH.

SEE THE LINKS PAGE FOR OTHER WEBSITES AND PUBLICATIONS FEATURING MELTON NORTH STATION.
THANKS TO JOHN SPENCE AND STEVE WESTON FOR HELP WITH THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE.


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THERE ARE FAR FEWER PHOTOGRAPHS OF MELTON NORTH STATION BECAUSE IT CLOSED SO MUCH EARLIER; IT WAS DEMOLISHED AND THE SITE CLEARED WELL OVER TEN YEARS BEFORE I MOVED TO THE MELTON AREA. I HAVE RESISTED THE TEMPTATION TO PHOTOGRAPH THE STATION SITE AS IT IS NOW; PICTURES OF THE Co-Op STORE AND THE FACTORY UNITS BEYOND DON'T ADD MUCH TO THE STORY! THE SITE HAS BEEN TOTALLY REDEVELOPED, BUT THE TRACKBED ON EITHER SIDE REMAINS AS THE PHOTOGRAPH BELOW SHOULD SHOW.

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A - THE SITE OF THE BRIDGE OVER NOTTINGHAM ROAD  B - THE SITE OF THE BRIDGE OVER SCALFORD ROAD.  C - THE SITE OF THE PLATFORMS.   THE YELLOW DOTS MARK THE COURSE OF THE LINE; THE ROAD LEADING INTO THE Co-Op STORE IS ON THE ALIGNMENT OF THE STATION APPROACH ROAD.

I HAVE NOT DRAWN A TRACK PLAN OF MELTON NORTH, BUT THERE IS A GOOD ONE IN 'THE GNR IN THE EAST MIDLANDS Vol 4' (SEE LINKS PAGE).

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THIS PHOT OF THE NORTH STATION AND THE SURROUNDING AREA WAS TAKEN AROUND 1960; THIS PART OF MELTON HAS CHANGED OUT OF ALL RECOGNITION SINCE THEN, WITH THE FIELDS BEYOND THE STATION COVERED IN HOUSEING, THE NORMAN WAY RELIEF ROAD  CUTTING ACROSS THE BOTTOM OF THE PICTURE AND OF COURSE THE STATION HAVING BEEN TOTALLY OBLITERATED. THE TWO TALL WAREHOUSES IN THE CENTRE OF THE PICTURE REMAIN AND FORM A USEFUL STARTING POINT FOR ANYONE WANTING TO TRY TO  PICTURE WHAT THE AREA ONCE LOOKED LIKE.

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A CLOSE UP FROM THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWING THE PASSENGER BUILDINGS IN MORE DETAIL.

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A CLOSER VIEW OF THE GOODS YARD, WHICH STILL SEEMS TO BE QUITE BUSY; IN MANY WAYS IT WAS A LOT MORE CONVENIENT THAN THE MIDLAND GOODS YARD.

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A SOUTHBOUND TRAIN STANDS AT MELTON NORTH BEHIND 2P 40535 IN 1953, THE LAST YEAR OF NORMAL SERVICE. THE STATION LOOKS VERY RUN DOWN EVEN THEN; THE GLAZING WAS REMOVED FROM THE CANOPIES AS A SAFETY MEASURE DURING THE WAR AND WAS NEVER REPLACED.

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THE VIEW THROUGH THE PLATFORMS ON A SUNNY DAY AROUND 1953, SHOWING THE SIGNAL BOX AND GOODS SHED BEYOND. THE NOTHRBOUND LINE HAS BEEN RELAID WITH FLAT BOTTOMED RAIL. THE SHABBY PAINTWORK DATED FROM BEFORE THE WAR AND WAS NEVER REPLACED - IT WAS LMS CREAM AND RED.  

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THE WEATHER WAS LESS KIND WHEN THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT AROUND THE SAME TIME; THE LMS TARGET NAMEBOARDS HAVE BEEN REPAINTED IN BR MAROON AND WHITE. 

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THE VIEW FROM THE ELEVATED SIGNAL BOX SHOWING ANOTHER TRAIN HEADING FOR THE EAST COAST RESORTS, AROUND 1960.

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THE CHANGE IN THE GRADIENT IS VERY APPARENT IN THIS SHOT OF ANOTHER LONG HOLIDAY TRAIN, TAKEN AROUND 1960.

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A GRIMY K2 ON A HOLIDAY TRAIN IN THE 1950's.

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B1 LOCO 61188 SHUNTING THE GOODS YARD ON A GLOOMY DAY IN THE 1960's.

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A HEAVY TRAIN FROM THE EAST COAST IS RESTARTED FROM MELTON NORTH BY K2 2-6-0 61754 IN JULY 1954. THE CHANGE IN GRADIENT IS VERY APPARANT. THE LOCO IS ABOUT TO CROSS THE BRIDGE OVER SCALFORD ROAD.

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A GNR 0-6-0 SHUNTING IN THE GOODS YARD DURING FEBRUARY 1955.

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THIS EXTRAORDINARY PICTURE SHOWS TWO PRESERVED MIDLAND RAILWAY LOCO'S, THE JOHNSON SINGLE AND THE KIRTLEY 2-4-0, PASSING THROUGH MELTON NORTH AS PART OF A GOODS TRAIN, PRESUMABLY ON THEIR WAY TO OR FROM AN EXHIBITION OR OPEN DAY SOMEWHERE. THE DATE MUST BE AROUND 1960.      Photo  TONY HILL.

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 GRESLEY K2 CLASS 2-6-0 No 61780 STANDS AT MELTON NORTH DURING THE SUMMER OF 1954.

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THE BRIDGE OVER ASFORDBY ROAD BEING DEMOLISHED AROUND 1970. THANKS TO JOHN SPENCE FOR PROVIDING THE PICTURE.

THE LAST TRAIN - Saturday 5th September 1964.
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PHOTO BY COLOUR RAIL.

THESE PICTURES OF THE LAST TRAIN (APART FROM THE DEMOLITION TRAINS) WERE TAKEN BY STEVE WESTON.

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DERELICTION & DEMOLITION.

THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN ON 5th AUGUST 1965

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THIS IS THE VIEW FROM THE SUBWAY.

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