Ingarsby Viaduct

Ingarsby Viaduct

800 yards along the GN&LNW Railway Line from Ingarsby Tunnel, sitting next to a deserted medieval village sits an abandoned Viaduct. Hidden from view, the over-engineered Victorian structure spans the smallest of brooks 60 feet below.

Short history

The viaduct was last used in the 60s before the Beeching cuts. At the end of its life, it would have been used mostly for freight and the odd holiday excursion to Skegness from the City. All rail traffic along this section of line had a speed limit of 50 MPH enforced due to the lack of maintenance of the line. The viaduct was constructed in 1882.

Don’t look down!

The line would have left Ingarsby tunnel’s north entrance (now filled in), under a small brick-built public footpath (That still remains) then over the viaduct. From there it would cross Ingarsby lane and into the small station that is now a dwelling.

The brick lined brook that runs under Ingarsby Viaduct.

The viaduct now

The viaduct is on private land. It is however a very peaceful, idyllic place. whilst visiting the viaduct, it was very quiet, with only the babbling of the Ingarsby Hallow brook to break the silence. The bricks of the arches, mostly blown from one and a half centuries of frost and years of neglect, contrast starkly against the overgrown shrubs and trees. A few of the viaducts caps have been pushed into the brick-lined brook below.

Under the viaduct.
Frost Blown Bricks

The crossing brings back memories to me as I remember camping there a few times with my brother when I was a teenager.


The viaduct is on private land, however there was what looked like a bridle lane way marker that had been knocked over at some point. There is absolutely no access, the photos were taking a few years ago.

The tunnel is very close to Scraptoft’s “Witches Cave”. More information by clicking here

East Norton Tunnel is also situated on the line. You can read more about it here.

Full Leicestershire GN&LNW Railway Map.

We are currently trying to upload as much information about every part of the GN&LNW Line.

Things such as stations, bridges, tunnels and viaducts. This is a work in progress so please keep subscribe to keep up to date on all the information.

We are uploading as many pictures as we can find. Also, we have explored all of the lines in Leicestershire. We will be uploading articles on different sections of the line.

Book Recommendations: If you are interested in Leicester’s history then we recommend the following books (Click on the images below)

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By Isaac Hartshorn

Isaac Hartshorn is fascinated by the city's long and varied history. He also hates to discuss himself in the third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.


  1. I remember well going on excursions to Skegness, and Mablethorpe on summer Saturdays from Humberstone station in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. We lived not far from the station and our house backed on to the embankment less than 1/4 mile from it. I could see the station from my bedroom window and became a tail enthusiast as a result of watching the trains pass by. When coming home on the excursion trains we knew that we were nearing home when we passed over the viaduct and then went through Ingarsby tunnel shortly after which the train would stop at Thurnby & Scaptoft station. That was the stop before ours.

    1. Hi Rod,

      Do you remember how the railway line crossed the Uppingham Road near Colchester Road. Was there a rail tunnel or a road bridge ?

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