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East Midlands Trains class 222 010 in Leicester station

East Midlands Trains class 222 010 in Leicester station in late evening sun in 2008

The large station at Leicester is on the Midland main line from London to Sheffield.  To the south of the station the line to Nuneaton and Birmingham leaves to the west. To the north at Syston junction the line to Melton Mowbray Oakham and stamford  and Peterborough leves the MML to the east.

All of the Birmingham to Peterborough and then on to Ely and Cambridgeand onto Stansted Airport stop at Leicester station. How import this station is can be seen by how many passengers get on or off certain trains.

The next large station to the north are Nottingham or Derby and to the south Kettering and Wellingborough and  Bedford

Central Trains class 146416 in platform 4 at Leicester in 2004

Central Trains class 146416 in platform 4 at Leicester in 2004

This unit is on a all station train to Loughborough.

The station today is clean and does the job but it's a pity like Bedford along the line that more of the Midland station was not saved. The old signal and boxes have been replaced with colour lights and most of the sidings along the line have been removed. There is just the one main yard north of the station.

Like other stations on the Midland Main Line there are next train panels giving the present time and when the next train on that platform is due.

 Cross Country class 170 397 on a train to Birmingham New street station in platform 1 at Leicester station in 2009

Cross Country class 170 397 on a train to Birmingham New street station in platform 1 at Leicester station in 2009

Midland Mainline HST in Leicester station

 Midland Mainline HST in Leicester station.

There was also a Great Central Railway station in Leicester called Leicester Central, which closed in 1969. Part of the old Great Central Railway has now been reopened as a steam railway The Great Central Railway  It has a station in Leicester called Leicester North. The present Leicester North is all new but is only yards away from a station that was called Belgrave & Birstall. This new station was be made to Great Central design but local planing laws and site excess has stopped as large a station as might have been built here being built.

Todays Great Central Railway runs from Loughborough to Leicester North station close to the Leicester outer ring road. Ther are also stations on the line at Rothey and at Quorn & Woodhouse. The head quarters of the railway is at Loughborough were the engine shed is and the main shop ect.. The railway has a large collection of steam and diesel engines. The railway is open weekends and bank holidays and daily from June to September.

 

There was also a station at Leicester Belgrave Road, which is now closed this was Great Northern Railway terminus.

There was a station called Leicester West Bridge. This was the terinus of the Leicester and Swannington Railway it closed to passengers in 1928.

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Leicester about

Leicester station in 2004

Leicester Signal boxes

Syston Junction signal boxes

 

The next large stations to the north of Leicester are Nottingham or Derby and to the south Kettering and Wellingborough and  Bedford