1. The History
Great Northern and Midland railways securing Parliamentary approval for a new railway line from Newark to Melton Mowbray in 1872. The following year, a further section was authorised, extending the route south-wards to meet the Rugby-Luffenham line. The result was GN and L&NW came together to construct a 34-mile north-south Joint Line between Welham and Bottesford. The line finally became operational on 15th December 1879.
Two tunnels had to be completed to make the new link....