South Leicestershire Railway

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South Leicestershire Railway
Fate taken over
Predecessor Nuneaton and Hinckley Railway[1]
Successor London and North Western Railway[1]
Founded 14 June 1860 (1860-06-14)[1]
Defunct 1867[1]
Area served
Leicestershire, Warwickshire

The South Leicestershire Railway was founded in 1850 as the Nuneaton and Hinckley Railway, with Parliamentary powers to build a 4.5 miles (7 km) railway from Nuneaton on the London and North Western Railway to Hinckley in Leicestershire.[1] In 1860 Parliament authorised the company to extend its line to Wigston Junction on the Midland Railway and to rename itself the South Leicestershire Railway.[1] The extension was completed in 1864 which included stations at Elmesthorpe (for Earl Shilton and Barwell), Croft, Narborough, Blaby and Wigston as well as sidings for the granite quarries at Stoney Stanton, Croft and Enderby.

The South Leicestershire Railway was taken over in 1867 by the LNWR, which in turn became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in the 1923 grouping.[1]

In the 1960s British Railways closed all of the South Leicestershire Railway's stations except Hinckley. However, public objections led BR to reopen Narborough in 1970.[2] Leicestershire County Council opened a new station in 1986 at South Wigston,[3] about 300 metres east of the South Leicestershire Railway's former Glen Parva station.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Series reference RAIL 636". The Catalogue. The National Archives. 5 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Stretton, John (2005). Leicestershire. British Railways Past and Present. Past and Present Publishing. p. not cited. ISBN 1-85895-198-4. 
  3. ^ Bevan, Alan, ed. (1998). A-Z of Rail Reopenings (fourth ed.). Fareham: Railway Development Society Ltd. p. 32. ISBN 0-901283-13-4.