Loughborough & Sheepshed Railway

Loughborough and Sheepshed [sic] Railway Maps

In this section are four maps of a proposed 4 miles branch line from Loughborough Central Station to the nearby village of Sheepshed [sic] (an old version of the modern name of Shepshed).  The maps were produced for putting to parliament with the private ‘Loughborough And Sheepshed Railway Bill’.  Hansard of Tuesday 6 June 1899 reported that the bill had received the Royal Assent.  It is not certain whether this bill was promoted by the Great Central Railway or another concern.

Shepshed was not a large place so the reason for wanting to build this branch is unclear.  Although no link to the Charnwood Forest Railway in Shepshed is shown, maybe there were thoughts of the possibility of a link there which would give access to coal mines and stone quarries further down that line.  There was also the granite quarry on the Loughborough side of Shepshed which this branch passed.

Apparently this act of parliament was allowed to lapse.  Perhaps it was realised that the economics of the branch would be poor.  Note that  in 1896 the Light Railways Act became law and under this act’s regulations the ‘Loughborough and District Light Railways’ bill was put before parliament in 1899 to build a light railway/tramway along the roads from Hathern to Loughborough and on to Mountsorrel.  This would have demonstrated that there was a cheaper form of competition that could produce a route from Loughborough to Shepshed, though the light railway also was never built.

Loughborough & Sheepshed Railway Map 1

‘Loughborough and Sheepshed Railway’ map 1 - Click here for a high-definition image.

Loughborough & Sheepshed Railway Map 2

‘Loughborough and Sheepshed Railway’ map 2 - Click here for a high-definition image.

Loughborough & Sheepshed Railway Map 3

‘Loughborough and Sheepshed Railway’ map 3 - Click here for a high-definition image.

Loughborough & Sheepshed Railway Map 4

‘Loughborough and Sheepshed Railway’ map 4 - Click here for a high-definition image.

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