Midland Main Lines

Leicester to Nottingham

also Syston to Melton Mowbray

by Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith

This important route carried a variety of expresses and stopping services, together with many mixed goods trains, plus others dedicated to specific minerals.

Notable is the massive output from Mountsorrel Quarry, where granite is the principal product.



'It includes pictures covering a very good range of traction types both steam and diesel. It also includes some very recent imagery.'
(The Journal of The Stephenson Locomotive Society, May/June 2018 - No.911, Vol.94)

'As with all MP titles, every significant point - stations, junctions, industrial sidings - is illustrated with black and white photographs and large-scale plans and track diagrams.... Each MP volume is a voyage of discovery in itself, unlocking the heritage of lines which we so often take for granted and maybe never give a second glance.'
(Heritage Railway, Issue 239, 9 March - 5 April 2018)

'The book's 96 pages are packed with 120 photographs, many previously unpublished, supported by well detailed captions, covering every aspect of these lines in both steam and diesel days. ...Regular quarry trains from Barrow-on-Soar, Mountsorrel, Croft and Bardon Hill feature too. ...Scale track plans of most of the stations and junctions, along with fascinating reproductions of train time tables,... plus a selection of historic railway travel tickets will appeal to enthusiasts and historians alike.'
(Leicester Mercury, 7 March 2018)

Book Details

Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith
Midland Main Lines
Middleton Press Ltd
17 February 2018
12 August 2023
240 x 174 mm
96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
Leicester London Road 1-4
Leicester 5-12
Humberstone Road 13-16
Syston 17-24
Sileby 25-30
Mountsorrel Quarry 31-34
Barrow on Soar & Quorn 35-39
Barrow upon Soar 40-41
Loughborough Midland 42, 46
Loughborough 43-45, 47-50
Hathern 51-53
Kegworth 54-56
Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station 57-58
East Midlands Parkway 59-60
Trent 61-72
Attenborough 74-76
Beeston 77-86
Nottingham 87-89, 93-95
Nottingham Midland 90-92
Syston East Junction 96-97
Queniborough 98-99
Rearsby 100-102
Brooksby 103-105
Frisby 106-108
Asfordby 109-110
Melton Mowbray 111-120