Saxby railway station

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Saxby railway station (postcard).jpg
Edward VII at the station in 1907.
Place Saxby
Area Leicestershire
Grid reference SK813193
Original company Midland Counties Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London Midland Region of British Railways
Platforms 4
1 February 1849 Opened
28 August 1892 Resited
1 May 1894 M&GNR line opened
28 February 1959 M&GNR line closed
6 February 1961 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Saxby railway station was a station serving the villages of Saxby and Freeby, Leicestershire. It was located between the two villages.


The older station was accessed along a turning from the B676 road, now known as Old Station Drive, whereas the newer station building was accessed off the Saxby to Stapleford road on the right before the railway bridge. Inter platform access on the newer station was via 3 sets of stairs to the road bridge.[1]


A 1913 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of Saxby (right)

The Syston and Peterborough Railway was opened in stages; the third and last section of line, between Melton Mowbray and Stamford opened for goods traffic on 20 March 1848, and for passengers on 1 May 1848.[2] The station at Saxby opened on 1 February 1849,[3] and was at the north end of a tight curve around a corner of Stapleford Park. The curve was considered unsuitable for express trains running between Kettering and Nottingham via the Manton loop, so an easier curve was built in 1892 together with a new Saxby station, which opened on 28 August 1892.[3] The original station on a stub of the original line continued in use for goods.

Saxby became a junction when the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GN) opened on 1 May 1894. The new line was Midland Railway property as far as Little Bytham junction, between Castle Bytham and Bourne.[4][5]

The M&GN line closed to passengers after the last train on 28 February 1959, although the section between Saxby and South Witham remained open for goods trains.[6]

The station closed on 6 February 1961.[3] The last parts of the new station were completely demolished in late 2014, whereas the old station remains as a private house.


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Melton Mowbray
Line and station open
  Midland Railway
Leicester to Peterborough
Nottingham to Kettering
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Terminus   Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway
to Spalding, Kings Lynn, etc.
  Edmondthorpe and Wymondham
Line and station closed
Saxby Track Schematic
to Melton
Saxby goods
Saxby station
to M&GNR
to Oakham


  1. ^ Track plans and station layout Peter Smith; The Syston and Peterborough Railway
  2. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 106. CN 8983. 
  3. ^ a b c Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 206. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ Wrottesley, A.J. (1981) [1970]. The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway (2nd ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 78. ISBN 0-7153-8173-3. 
  5. ^ British Railways Atlas.1947. p.16
  6. ^ Wrottesley 1981, pp. 160,163,164
  • Smith, Peter (2012). "Saxby and Bourne branch". THE SYSTON AND PETERBOROUGH RAILWAY. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
    Track plans and Photographs

Coordinates: 52°45′54″N 0°47′43″W / 52.7650°N 0.7954°W / 52.7650; -0.7954