When it closed around 2002, there were three distinct runs on the Little Melton Light Railway: the return loop of ‘The Old Piggeries’, and two circular routes, both starting at ‘Melton Wood Junction’. One was the longer run, including two tunnels, whereas the shorter route operated by the railway’s steam loco ‘Hotspur’ included a reasonably steep short climb and a diamond crossing.
The track diagram below shows the routes before ‘Hotspur’s’ line was constructed: this is a screen shot, slightly enhanced by computer program, from one of the many Hi-8 videos I shot when I wasn’t involved in guard, car park or driving duties. As the blog develops, it is pictures from this that will illustrate many of the descriptions, as well as the handful of stills I took when I had a moment.
If you have LMLR pictures that you’d like to share, please contact the author using one of the tabs at the top of the screen.
You might notice from the track diagram that there are lights. The LMLR was track circuited and had signals. The diagram was in the signal box, above the window facing the approach of all three lines – Paddock Wood, Lost Line and Vine Cottage Line.
Underneath is a rudimentary map of the final extent of the LMLR, showing locations of stations, buildings, names, all of which we will explore over the following months as the blog develops.