We are offering two separate return journeys from Melton – a luncheon and an afternoon tea – over Harringworth Viaduct top-and-tailed by our pair of steam locos.
The Luncheon train departs from Melton Mowbray towards Corby, pausing on Harringworth Viaduct. Upon arrival at Corby, the train will reverse over the viaduct, arriving back at Melton. The Afternoon Tea train will depart Melton Mowbray in a repeat of the Luncheon train.
The spectacular viaduct is one of the greatest and certainly the longest masonry viaducts to span a valley in Great Britain. At 60 feet high in the centre and 3,825 feet long (just shy of ¾ mile!), the imposing, yet elegant 130 year-old structure strides boldly across the Welland Valley with 82 massive brick arches and contains approximately 20 million bricks, made on location from local clay. Known as Welland Viaduct, the first brick was laid in March 1876 and the last arch was finished in July 1878.
Steam hauled throughout by No. 4965 “Rood Ashton Hall” & Pannier Tank No. 9600.