Harby & Stathern Station, 1930s
This picture shows Harby and Stathern Station in its heyday in the 1930s. At this time, passenger and freight services ran from Leicester (via Melton Mowbray) northwards with branches to Nottingham and Newark. The Newark branch, passing through this station, connected with the Grantham Nottingham line via Bottesford junction.
Today, there is little to see. The station has all but disappeared, and the line is overgrown, though its bridges remain. This station, located in the fields between Stathern and Harby, had many architectural features of note, reminiscent of the next station along the line at Redmile, which is remembered by the ornate waiting room built for the use of the Duke of Rutland and his family and guests.
This view seems to be looking northwards towards Redmile, rather than back towards Melton, which it reached via tunnel beneath the ironstone escarpment.