This page is devoted to Manton Junction station and the Pilton ironstone quarry railway.

The line runs in a straight line south of Oakham towards a ridge of high ground through which Manton Tunnel was cut.

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A typical mid 80'S passenger train heading south towards the tunnel.


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Just before it reaches the tunnel entrance the line crosses a high embankment through which the road towards Uppingham passes
by way of a tall bridge; the stone wing walls are probably original but the blue brick arch is certainly a replacement. This picture was taken in 1974,
with the competition passing under the line. The road now runs directly up the hillside but the original route was alongside the railway into Manton village.


MANTON TUNNEL

The north portal of Manton tunnel in 1983.

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A class 31 about to enter the tunnnel on a train for Norwich. High Summer 1984.



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MANTON JUNCTION OPENED AS 'MANTON FOR UPPINGHAM' ON 20/3/1848 FOR GOODS & 1/5/1848 FOR PASSENGERS.  JUNCTION STATION OPENED 1/12/1879, LINE REALIGNED TO SMOOTH CURVE ON MAIN LINE TO KETTERING IN 1888 WITH NEW SIGNAL BOX.  PRESENT SIGNAL BOX OPENED 9/11/1913. STATION CLOSED TO GOODS 4/5/1964, TO PASSENGERS 6/6/1966.

REMAINS AT SITE: BOTH STATION BUILDINGS IN INDUSTRIAL USE, WATER TOWER & JUNCTION SIGNAL BOX.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:
THE 1904 DATE ON THE PLAN ABOVE IS WRONG, IT SHOWS THE STATION BETWEEN 1879 WHEN THE NEW MAIN LINE OPENED,
AND 1888 WHEN THE JUNCTION WAS ALTERED TO MAKE THE KETTERING LINE THE MAIN ROUTE. THE PLAN BELOW SHOWS THE POST 1888 LAYOUT.
THE UPPER PLAN WAS TAKEN FROM THE 1904 OS MAP, WHICH OBVIOUSLY HADN'T BEEN UPDATED!

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 A LOCAL FROM PETERBOROUGH PULLS INTO MANTON STATION BEHIND No 75040 ON 18th MAY 1963.  PHOTO G.D. KING.

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ARRIVING AT MANTON FROM PETERBOROUGH IS 'CLAUD' 62957 ON 19th JUNE 1959...NOTE THE CATTLE DOCK ON THE RIGHT.  PHOTO G.D. KING.

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ON 18th MAY 1963 THE RCTS MIDLANDS RAILTOUR ARRIVES AT MANTON BEHIND 42087 AND 45283.  PHOTO G.D. KING.

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THE NEXT SECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS WAS TAKEN IN 1983 AND 1984.



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THE FOLLOWING PICTURES WERE TAKEN IN APRIL 2008.

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PAINT REMAINING ON THE STATION BUILDING SHOWS THAT THE STATION WAS PAINTED BY THE LMS IN GREEN AND STONE LIVERY AND WAS NEVER REPAINTED BY B.R.

THE REPAINTED SIGNAL BOX FOLLOWS THIS SCHEME PRETTY CLOSELY.

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THIS POSTER BOARD AND ANOTHER LIKE IT SURVIVE AT MANTON; THEY ARE STILL IN LMS LIVERY OF BLACK & WHITE, INDICATING
THAT THE STATION WAS NEVER REPAINTED BY B.R.


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PILTON IRONSTONE SIDINGS  OPENED 11/7/1920  SIGNAL BOX CLOSED CLOSED 26/5/1957, SIDINGS CLOSED 19/7/1970.

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THE EXCHANGE SIDINGS IN DECEMBER 1967 WITH A CLASS 25 DIESEL WAITING FOR THE SIGNAL.  PHOTO G.D. KING.

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THE QUARRY AFTER CLOSURE; THE SUNKEN SURFACE SHOWS WHERE THE IRONSTONE HAS BEEN REMOVED.

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