Stanford Viaduct

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Coordinates: 52°47′25.00″N 1°11′50.50″W / 52.7902778°N 1.1973611°W / 52.7902778; -1.1973611

Stanford Viaduct c1955
Stanford Viaduct c1955
Stanford Viaduct 2005

Stanford Viaduct is a railway viaduct in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. It is named after the nearby village of Stanford on Soar.

Built as part of the Great Central Railway's London Extension opened in 1899, it carried the Great Central Main Line over the River Soar and a road (Meadow Lane). It was built by the contractor Henry Lovatt of Wolverhampton,[1] out of blue brick. The three central arches are skewed to allow the Soar to pass underneath.

When the rest of the GCML was closed in the 1960s, the section from Loughborough South Junction was kept open as a branch of the Midland Main Line to the British Gypsum works at East Leake.

Presently, the viaduct is in use for gypsum trains, and diesel or steam heritage trains from the Nottingham Heritage Centre.[2]

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Viaduct under construction