Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
Market Harborough station was experiencing untypically wintry weather on Saturday 27th November when LMS Pacific No 6233 Duchess of Sutherland came through. She was hauling The Yuletide Express from Ealing Broadway to York on what turned out to be a stormy day. The return run through Market Harborough was slightly delayed, but it was good to see the engine in darkness, working hard to recover lost time.
Harborough Rail Users held their Annual General Meeting on Friday 26th November 2021, online because of continued Covid caution. The officers and Committee were elected for the forthcoming year. The priorities for the group were confirmed; these are:
Click on the link below for the Annual Report for HRU for the year to November 2021, as presented to the AGM.
Harborough Rail Users are holding their 2021 Annual General Meeting on Friday 26th November 2021, starting at 1:00pm. Because of continuing Covid precautions, the meeting this year will be held online on Zoom.
As well as electing officers for the group for the forthcoming year, the meeting will consider relevant topics including reviewing the past year and the start of the recovery from the Covid pandemic. Campaign priorities for the forthcoming year will also be considered. Among these are the remaining improvements we would like to see at the station, and the electrification of the line, now in its early stages.
Anyone who cares about Market Harborough's station and rail service and would like to attend the online AGM is invited to contact Harborough Rail Users via our Get in Touch facility.
During the rebuilding of the station in summer 2019, the old Harborough Rail Users noticeboard disappeared. It was on the approach wall to the subway and was an important means of communicating the activities of HRU to the users of the station. Repeated enquiries never identified what happened to it! However, EMR agreed to provide a replacement, and this was installed on 21st September 2021, next to the position of the old one. We are grateful to EMR for providing this.
Out with the old, in with the new. On the left, the new HRU noticeboard installed by EMR on the subway wall on 21st September 2021. The grubby area of paintwork just beyond it is where the old one was, seen in the rather murky picture on the right, taken on 27th May 2019, just after the departure of the last train from the old platforms prior to the rebuilding. No-one seems to know what happened to it!
Pictures: Steve Jones
Long-awaited renovation works on the Victorian main building and the ramp up to Platform 1 were in progress in late August. With the recent emphasis on the new construction at platform level, the older part of the station was getting rather shabby and in need of some TLC. On 24th August, there was evidence of that happening, with some replacement windows on the covered ramp up from the booking office, where timber had become quite rotten. Work was also in hand on the sash windows on the upper floor of the main building frontage. Market Harborough's main building is an absolute architectural gem and deserves to be kept in good repair.
Work in progress: old windows removed and a new sill fitted on the covered ramp at Market Harborough station, 24th August 2021. (Photo: Steve Jones)
Later that same day: new windows fitted (2nd, 3rd and 4th from left) on the covered ramp, in an authentic style. Note the broad metal-edged kerb at the foot of the wall; this was used as a brake for slowing heavy luggage and parcels trolleys on their way down from the platform in days gone by! (Photo: Steve Jones)
The lovely frontage of Market Harborough station on 24th August 2021. The left-hand section of the centre-right double window on the first floor was undergoing repair work.
(Photo: Steve Jones)