Harby and Stathern railway station

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Harby & Stathern
Location
Place Harby
Area Melton, Leicestershire
Grid reference SK760307
Operations
Pre-grouping Great Northern and London and North Western Joint Railway
Post-grouping LNER and LMS Joint
Platforms 3
History
15 December 1879 Opened
7 December 1953 Closed to regular services
9 September 1962 Closed to summer specials
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Harby and Stathern Station 2008

Harby & Stathern Station was a former station on the Great Northern and London and North Western Joint Railway that served the villages of Harby and Stathern, in Leicestershire.

Overview[edit]

It was the locomotive exchange station for goods traffic, with GNR engines working to the north and LNWR engines working to the south. Harby & Stathern was chosen due to local opposition in Melton Mowbray.

It was difficult to manage and run. The sidings were insufficient at peak times and the turntable could not be accessed directly so engines had to shunt to gain access through the sidings. The station was not very convenient for local passengers as the approach road was about five hundred yards long. The goods yard was very large and the original warehouse still stands.

Services[edit]

The principal services were GNR services from Leicester Belgrave Road to Grantham and LNWR services from Northampton to Nottingham London Road Low Level. Initially the LNWR also ran trains from Northampton to Newark, but in 1882 these were replaced by trains running between Harby & Stathern and Newark which connected with the Nottingham trains. The connecting trains were down to one in 1910 and were withdrawn altogether by 1922. In addition there were many summer excursion trains.

Closure[edit]

The station closed to regular traffic in 1953, but summer specials lasted until 1962.[1][2]

Former Services
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Long Clawson and Hose   London and North Western Railway
Northampton to Nottingham
  Barnstone
Long Clawson and Hose   Great Northern Railway
Leicester Belgrave Road to Grantham
Leicester Belgrave Road to Newark
  Redmile

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. Volume 9 The East Midlands. Robin Leleux
  2. ^ Forgotten Railways, The East Midlands. (P Anderson)

Coordinates: 52°52′07″N 00°52′19″W / 52.86861°N 0.87194°W / 52.86861; -0.87194