THE SYSTON TO MELTON MOWBRAY LINE OPENED 1st SEPTEMBER 1846. MELTON JUNCTION WAS CREATED WHEN THE LINE TO NOTTINGHAM OPENED ON 1st NOVEMBER 1879 TO GOODS AND ON 2nd FEBRUARY 1880 TO PASSENGERS. IT WAS WORKED BY BLOCK TELEGRAPH FROM OPENING, SO MELTON JUNCTION SIGNAL BOX OPENED WITH THE NOTTINGHAM LINE BUT THERE WAS A SIGNAL BOX HERE BY 1st NOVEMBER 1875, PERHAPS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION WORK. A NEW SIGNAL BOX WAS OPENED ON 10th DECEMBER 1905 AND THIS RECEIVED A NEW FRAME ON 28th APRIL 1907.
THE CONNECTION TO THE JOINT LINE WAS OPENED WITH THAT LINE IN SEPTEMBER 1879, WAS SEVERED ON 31st OCTOBER 1882 BUT REOPENED ON 16th APRIL 1883. IT FINALLY CLOSED ON 18TH APRIL 1887 AND IT WAS LIFTED IN JULY THAT YEAR.
THE NOTTINGHAM LINE CLOSED TO PASSENEGRS ON 1st MAY 1967 AND AS A THROUGH ROUTE ON 4th NOVEMBER 1968 AFTER WHICH 'ONE ENGINE IN STEAM' WAS THE RULE ON THE OLD DALBY LINE. THE SIGNAL BOX CLOSED ON 6th MAY 1973 AND WAS REPLACED WITH A GROUND FRAME WHICH CONTROLS ENTRY ONTO THE OLD DALBY TEST TRACK..
Compound 4-4-0 No. 1011 passes under the Leicester Road bridge at Melton Junction in 1936 with a train for either Leicester or Nottingham; the second vehicle appears to be a 6 wheeled mik tank. The blue brick road bridge dated from the opening of the Nottingham line in 1879, and was demolished during the Spring of 2011.
Melton Junction from the air in 2006, showing the single track of the Old Dalby test track curving away from the main line. The trackbed of the joint line is gradually disappearing, some of it under the school playing fields, but the route of the 1880's curve between the Midland and the Joint Line is still marked by a hedgerow at its southern end.
4F 0-6-0 43951 passing Melton Junction signal box and heading towards Melton station in the winter of 1958.
Jubilee class 4-6-0 45597 heads away from Melton Junction towards Syston with a through working...the Joint Line overbridge can be seen in the background.
4F 0-6-0 No. 44034 heads under the Joint Line bridge towards Melton station.
J39 0-6-0 No. 64736 coasts under the Joint Line bridge with a coal train from Leicester to March on July 18th 1958.
THE BRIDGE SHORTLY BEFORE DEMOLITION IN 1970.
Fowler 2-6-4T No. 42333 bursts under the Leicester Road bridge.
Melton Junction on 1st September 1968 from the road bridge. Photo by Terry Tracey
Melton Junction taken from the road bridge in 1982, when it was still surrounded by fields. Semaphore signals remain in place, but the signal box was replaced by the ground frame in 1973. The trees mark the route of the Joint Line.
Taken on the same date as the above picture, showing how much things had been simplified.
This photo was taken on June 24th 2011 looking through the new Leicester Road bridge towards the Junction; the left hand track looks distinctly uneven.
TRACK PLANS FOR MELTON JUNCTION