This page describes the branch from Saxby to the M&GN at Little Bytham

THE BRANCH FROM SAXBY MADE AN END ON CONNECTION WITH THE MIDLAND & GREAT NORTHERN JOINT RAILWAY AT LITTLE BYTHAM, ALLOWING M&GN TRAINS TO WORK THROUGH TO LEICESTER & NOTTINGHAM. SAXBY JUNCTION WAS LAID OUT FOR THROUGH RUNNING & M&GN LOCO'S WERE A FAMILIAR SIGHT AT MELTON MOWBRAY STATION AND ON THE LINE BETWEEN THERE & SYSTON. THE BRANCH WAS BUILT BY AND OWNED BY THE M.R. HOWEVER, IT WAS NEVER PART OF THE JOINT LINE.

 THE BRANCH OPENED ON 5/6/1893 TO GOODS TRAFFIC AND ON 1/5/1894 TO PASSENGERS. PASSENGER TRAINS CEASED TO RUN ON 2/3/1959 ALONG WITH THE WHOLE M&GN SYSTEM AND GOODS TRAFFIC ENDED ON 5/4/1964 OTHER THAN IRONSTONE FROM PAINES SIDINGS TO SAXBY WHICH RAN UNTIL 1966.

 THE PASSENGER SERVICE FOR THE STATIONS ON THE BRANCH WAS MEAGRE, THIS WAS VERY MUCH A ROUTE FOR THROUGH TRAFFIC .

BETWEEN SAXBY AND WYMONDHAM.


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 3F No 3374 IN AUGUST 1934, CLIMBING THE BANK OUT OF SAXBY TOWARDS WYMONDHAM STATION. THE IMPRSSIVE BRICK BRIDGE WAS SIMPLY AN ACCOMMODATION BRIDGE.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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A TRAIN FOR THE EAST COAST BEHIND CLASS D9 No 6018 IN JUNE 1946.  ALL SORTS OF LOCO'S COULD BE SEEN ON THE LINE DURING THIS PERIOD.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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AT THE SUMMIT OF THE BANK BETWEEN SAXBY & WYMONDHAM.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

 

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REMAINS AT SITE:  STATION BUILDING AS PRIVATE HOUSE, OVERBRIDGES, GOODS SHED, WEIGH BRIDGE OFFICE, CATTLE DOCK.

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LOCO'S 3326 AND 6040 BRING A LONG HOLIDAY TRAIN INTO WYMONDHAM IN THE SUMMER OF 1937.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.


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SETTING THE TABLET FOR THE TRAIN IN THE PICTURE ABOVE.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.


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M&GNJR No.34 ON A VERY MIXED LOCAL TRAIN IN 1937.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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M&GNJR No. 48 IN THE SUMMER OF 1937.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES

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A DOUBLE HEADED HOLIDAY TRAIN FROM LIVERPOOL LIME ST. TO YARMOUTH HEADING EAST IN AUGUST 1933 BEHIND LOCO'S 417 & 3957.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.



M&GNJR No. 28 AT WYMONDHAM IN THE 1920'S.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES

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No. 3958 PULLS OUT OF THE STATION TOWARDS SAXBY IN 1937.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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A HOLIDAY TRAIN DOUBLE HEADED BY 4F CLASS LOCO'S IN 1934.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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LOADING HORSES AT WYMONDHAM IN 1928, POSSIBLY IN CONNECTION WITH RACES AT NEARBY GARTHORPE.


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LOOKING TOWARDS THE STATION FROM THE GOODS YARD IN 1937. PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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8F LOCO 8032 WITH IRONSTONE FROM PAINES SIDINGS.  PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

 

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THIS WAS THE INTERCHANGE FOR THE MARKET OVERTON IRONSTONE QUARRIES LINE WHICH OPENED IN 1906 AND CLOSED IN1966. UNFORTUNATELY I DO NOT HAVE A PLAN FOR THIS SITE OR ANY PICTURES, BUT SEE 'THE IRONSTONE QUARRIES OF THE MIDLANDS PART IX' BY ERIC TONKS, FOR FULL DETAILS.

SORRY FOR THE SPELLING MISTAKE IN THE NAME ON THE TWO PICTURES BELOW. THE CORRECT SPELLING IS 'PAINE'.

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BUCKMINSTER SIDINGS.

 THIS WAS THE CONNECTION TO THE IRONSTONE QUARRIES AT BUCKMINSTER WHICH WERE ALSO CONNECTED TO THE G.N.R. HIGH DYKE BRANCH.

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A POSTCARD DATING FROM AROUND 1900 WHEN THE STATION WAS ALMOST NEW. IT MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THE TOP OF A SIGNAL POST.

THE QUARRY ON THE RIGHT IS STILL OPEN BUT IS VASTLY BIGGER AND IT HAS NOW ENGULFED THE RAILWAY TRACKBED. 

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THE STATION BUILDING WAS AT ROAD LEVEL.

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CASTLE BYTHAM PLAN



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LITTLE BYTHAM IN 1961 FROM THE EAST COAST MAIN LINE, SHOWING THE GIRDER BRIDGE CARRYING THE MIDLAND LINE. PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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