This page describes the section of line running through Oakham, the capital town of Rutland.

OAKHAM PROVENDER STORES REMAINS AT SITE: MAIN BUILDINGS

THIS MASSIVE BRICK BUILDING JUST NORTH OF OAKHAM STATION WAS BUILT BY THE MR TO PROVIDE FEED FOR ALL THE HORSES EMPLOYED BY THE COMPANY....THE STORES OPENED IN 1902 AND WERE IN USE INTO THE 1950'S.

IN 1985 IN FRONT OF THIS BUILDING THERE WERE STILL TRACKS LAID WITH M.R. INSIDE KEYED CHAIRS; THESE WOULD HAVE BEEN USED SECOND HAND IN 1902, HAVING BEEN LIFTED FROM ELSEWHERE. I CAN REMEMBER SEEING SIDINGS AT OAKHAM STATION IN THE LATE 1970'S LAID WITH THE SAME CHAIRS.


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 OAKHAM. OPENED 20/3/1848 TO GOODS, 1/5/1848 TO PASSENGERS. CLOSED TO GOODS 3/5/1971.

 REMAINS AT SITE; STATION BUILDINGS IN USE WITH WAITING SHELTER & B.R. PERIOD FOOTBRIDGE, GOODS SHED & GRAIN STORE IN BUSINESS USE, THE LATTER AS A BREWERY WHICH SEEMS VERY APPROPRIATE. LEVEL CROSSING SIGNAL BOX & ADJACENT M.R. FOOTBRIDGE.

I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE; I CAN'T FIND MOST OF MY DRAWINGS OF OAKHAM. OVER THE LAST TWENTY FIVE YEARS THEY HAVE BECOME SEPARATED FROM THE OTHER PLANS, OTHER THAN THE TWO SETS OF DETAILED DRAWINGS OF THE STATION BUILDING INCLUDED BELOW. I WILL HAVE ANOTHER LOOK FOR THEM, AND IF I FIND THEM THEY WILL APPEAR HERE TEN MINUTES LATER!


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AROUND 1960 AN IVATT 2MT DRIFTS TENDER FIRST THROUGH OAKHAM STATION UNDER THE NEW METAL FOOTBRIDGE.  COLOUR RAIL PHOTO.

OAKHASM JUNCTION

OAKHAM JUNCTION SIGNAL BOX  COURTESY BRIAN ROSE.
 

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OAKHAM ON APRIL 4th 1945, WITH No 4820 ON A PETERBOROUGH TRAIN. PHOTO H.N. JAMES.

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THE LEVEL CROSSING CAUSED REGULAR TAIL BACKS THROUGH THE TOWN UNTIL THE OAKHAM BY PASS WAS OPENED IN 2007.


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HIGH SPEED 4F!  THE 3F ON THE RIGHT IS HELD IN THE LOOP WHICH RUNS FROM LANGHAM JUNCTION.

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44577 STANDS BY THE CATTLE PENS IN 1961.  PHOTO BY TERRY TRACEY

IVATT AT OAKHAM

MOGUL 43081 RUNS INTO OAKHAM FROM THE NORTH DURING 1961.  PHOTO BY TERRY TRACEY.

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OAKHAM CROSSING

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THE SIGNAL BOX IS GRADE 2 LISTED, SO IT HAS RETAINED THE ORIGINAL WINDOWS AND WOODEN STEPS.

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OAKHAM GOODS YARD HAS BEEN DEVELOPED AS AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE; THANKFULLY I PHOTOGRAPHED ALL THE RAMSHACKLE SHEDS, ETC, BEFORE THEY WERE SWEPT AWAY.
 LOOKING AT THE WEATHER I MUST HAVE BEEN KEEN IN THOSE DAYS!

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APRIL 2008. THE STATION WAS RESTORED AROUND 1990 AND PAINTED IN THE OLD B.R. RED & CREAM COLOURS. THE ROOF OF THE CANOPY WAS REPLACED WITH MODERN SHEETING BUT THE REMAINDER OF THE CANOPY WAS CLEANED UP & REUSED, AND THE WOODEN VALENCING WAS ADDED TO RESTORE THE ORIGINAL APPEARANCE.

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LEAVING OAKHAM, THE LINE CURVES GENTLY AROUND THE TOWN OVER TWO MORE LEVEL CROSSINGS, BRAUNSTON Rd. AND BROOKE Rd. BEFORE HEADING SOUTH TOWARDS MANTON. BOTH HAD A SMALL WOODEN CABIN FOR THE CROSSING KEEPER. BROOKE Rd. CROSSING WAS MODERNISED WITH BARRIERS IN THE EARLY 1980's WHICH WERE REPLACED SOME TWENTY YEARS LATER WITH CCTV CONTROL FROM OAKHAM SIGNAL BOX DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS.
 
BRAUNSTON Rd. WAS CLOSED AND TRAFFIC DIVERTED IN THE 1970's AND A FOOT CROSSING WITH MINIATURE LIGHTS WAS PROVIDED. FOLLOWING THE FATALITY OF A SCHOOLGIRL THIS WAS REPLACED WITH A FOOTBRIDGE IN THE 1990's.

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BRAUNSTONE ROAD CROSSING

BRAUNSTON ROAD CROSSING IN 1964 LOOKING TOWARDS OAKHAM STATION. THE AREA ON THE RIGHT IS NOW A CAR PARK THOUGH THE OLD CHAPEL SURVIVES.      COURTESY OF BRIAN ROSE

BROOKE ROAD CROSSING

BROOKE ROAD CROSSING IN 1964. THE CROSSING COTTAGE ON THE RIGHT IS SIMILAR TO THE DRAWING ON PAGE 2.      COURTESY OF BRIAN ROSE.

LATE IN 2011 SOME TRACKWORK WAS RELAID AT OAKHAM STATION AND RICHARD PIKE SENT ME THESE PHOTO'S OF THE WORK:

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THESE ARE THE ONLY DRAWING I CAN FIND OF THE STATION BUILDING:

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EGLETON CROSSING AT EGLETON SOUTH OF OAKHAM A SIGNAL BOX WAS OPENED BY 1877 TO SPLIT THE LONG BLOCK SECTION AND TO CONTROL AN OCCUPATION CROSSING.
THIS RECEIVED A NEW LEVER FRAME IN 1890 WHEN LAYBY SIDINGS WERE OPENED HERE SO THAT FREIGHT TRAINS COULD BE OVERTAKEN. THE BOX CLOSED ON 2nd JUNE 1968 WHEN THE SIDINGS WERE LIFTED.

THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT AT EGELTON IN 1935 ....FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE ACCIDENT REPORT. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5239/7209062200_74e7148ef8_b.jpg

MANY THANKS TO NIGEL SPENCER AND BRIAN ROSE FOR HELP WITH THIS PART OF THE SITE.


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AS THE LINE RUNS INOT OPEN COUNTRY SOUTH OF OAKHAM IT CROSSES THIS UNSURFACED ROAD.

AT EGELTON THERE WAS A LEVEL CROSSING FOR A LANE THAT CROSSED THE TRACK TO GIVE ACCESS TO FIELDS, WHICH HAD A CROSSING COTTAGE SIMILAR TO WYFORDBY CROSSING.
A SIGNAL BOX OPENED HERE AS A BLOCK POST IN THE 1870's AND WAS REPLACED WITH A NEW BOX ON 6/10/1890 WHICH REMAINED IN USE UNTIL 2/6/1968. LAY BY SIDINGS WERE LAID
HERE SO THAT GOODS TRAINS COULD BE OVERTAKEN AND THESE WERE REMOVED WHEN THE SIGNAL BOX CLOSED. 

EGLETON JUNCTION

EGLETON SIGNAL BOX   COURTESY  BRIAN ROSE


THESE PHOTO'S OF THE CROSSING WERE TAKEN IN 1982.  THE OLD LAMP HUT MARKS THE SITE OF THE SIGNAL BOX.  


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