Fledborough Viaduct

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Fledborough Viaduct
Railway viaduct to the Trent - geograph.org.uk - 1011095.jpg
Fledborough Viaduct in 2008
Coordinates53°14′7.0″N 0°46′43.5″W / 53.235278°N 0.778750°W / 53.235278; -0.778750 (Fledborough Viaduct)Coordinates: 53°14′7.0″N 0°46′43.5″W / 53.235278°N 0.778750°W / 53.235278; -0.778750 (Fledborough Viaduct)
CarriesEx-Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway
CrossesRiver Trent
LocaleFledborough / North Clifton, Nottinghamshire
Maintained bySustrans
Design59 brick arches; 4 trussed steel girder spans
Total length814 metres (890 yd)
WidthTwin Standard Gauge Rail
DesignerRobert Elliott-Cooper
Closed21 February 1980

Fledborough Viaduct is a former railway viaduct near Fledborough, Nottinghamshire.


The viaduct is a substantial structure which carried the double-track LD&ECR's Chesterfield Market Place to Lincoln Central main line over the River Trent.[1]

It is situated between the former stations of Fledborough and Clifton-on-Trent, but nearer the latter.

Opened in 1897, it consists of 59 arches spread either side of four metal girder spans which cross the river itself. Nine million bricks were used in its construction which cost £65,000.[2]

Timetabled passenger services over the viaduct ended in September 1955, though summer weekend excursions from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to Cleethorpes and Mablethorpe and from Manchester Central to Yarmouth Vauxhall continued until 1964.[3][4][5]

From the 1960s traffic east of Langwith Junction was overwhelmingly coal, much of which went straight from collieries to High Marnham Power Station which opened in 1959, this traffic therefore turned off about half a mile before the viaduct. The Grimsby to Whitland express fish train ran until at least 1962 via Fledborough[6] and through Mansfield Central.

Traffic continued to run over the viaduct until 21 February 1980 when a train derailed at Clifton-on-Trent. The line from Pyewipe Junction over the viaduct to High Marnham was closed "temporarily" the next day[7] and has subsequently been lifted.

Traffic continued from the West to High Marnham until it closed in 2003. Remarkably, since 2009 that stretch of line has had a new lease of life as Network Rail's High Marnham Test Track.

Modern Times[edit]

Today the railway trackbed eastwards from the site of Fledborough station, across the viaduct, through Clifton to Doddington & Harby forms an off-road part of National Cycle Route 647 which is part of the National Cycle Network.

From Harby onwards through the site of Skellingthorpe almost to Pyewipe Junction the trackbed forms an off-road part of National Cycle Route 64.[8] [9]

See also[edit]



  • Booth, Chris (2013). The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway A pictorial view of the "Dukeries Route" and branches. Two: Langwith Junction to Lincoln, the Mansfield Railway and Mid Nott's Joint Line. Blurb. ISBN 978-1-78155-660-3. 06884827.
  • Cupit, J.; Taylor, W. (1984) [1966]. The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway. Oakwood Library of Railway History (2nd ed.). Headington: Oakwood Press. ISBN 978-0-85361-302-2. OL19.
  • Dow, George (1965). Great Central, Volume Three: Fay Sets the Pace, 1900–1922. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-0263-0. OCLC 500447049.
  • Ludlam, A.J. (March 2013). Kennedy, Rex (ed.). "The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway". Steam Days. Bournemouth: Redgauntlet 1993 Publications. 283. ISSN 0269-0020.
  • NoAuthor (2011) [1948]. British Railways Atlas 1947: The Last Days of the Big Four. Shepperton: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-3643-7.
  • Walker, Colin (1991). Eastern Region Steam Twilight, Part 2, North of Grantham. Llangollen: Pendyke Publications. ISBN 978-0-904318-14-2.

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