Glenfield Tunnel Tours 2020

It is with great regret that Leicestershire Industrial History Society will NOT now be opening the tunnel this year.

The corona virus epidemic guidelines make it impossible to social distance in a narrow tunnel, as well as the fact that many of our volunteers are in the 70+ bracket.

We are really sorry to disappoint you on this occasion but hope you will come back to us next year if conditions improve. In the meantime, below is a list of our publications.

Stay home * Stay Safe


The Glenfield Tunnel Publications

West Bridge Wharf & Station.

The Story of the first Railway Headquarters in the Midlands.

Our latest publication about the Leicester end terminus of the Leicester and Swannington railway published July 2017 gives a detailed description of the West Bridge Wharf and Station. Reviewed recently by Mr Leicester in the Leicester Mercury,
“A mine of information, written in an accessible style.”

Westbridge publication

Other titles about the Leicester Swannington Railway include:

The Leicester and Swannington Railway Today.

A photographic journey along this historic railway.

Written and photographed by Bill Pemberton, this book provides an excellent up to date guide of what can still be seen of the Leicester Swannington Railway.

A photographic Journey Publication

The Leicester & Swannington Railway

in a nutshell by Paul Banbury.

This book is intended to be complementary to our very successful Compendium Update CD. Its purpose is to explain in simple language the story of the railway for those whose interest is, perhaps, less demanding of detail than is covered in the Compendium update.

Leicester and Swannington Railway in a nutshell - front cover image

Glenfield Tunnel

The longest railway tunnel in the world when opened in 1832.

It includes a number of b/w and colour photographs tracing the development of the tunnel from its conception to completion in 1832, and an OS Map from 1928 showing the route of the tunnel complete with the 13 Air Shafts. Updated to include additional material and coloured photographs of Glenfield Station.

Cover of The Glenfield Tunnel

Five Die in Desford Rail Crash.

The Full Story of this Terrible Accident.

Using newspaper coverage of the time this publication brings this accident vividly to life.
 Desford rail crash publication

Accidents on the Leicester and Swannington Railway

Accidents on the Leicester and Swannington Railway commenced in 1831, before the line was completed and continued to 1960, within five years of the railway’s closure, a span of 129 years.
This book details twelve of those accidents for which records exist.



To order any of these publications and to see our complete range of materials go to our Publications page or CLICK HERE