Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Ely Railway Station
Ely railway station 29th August 2013
Greater Anglia class 170 208 the Brecks in platform 1 at Ely on 29th August 2013
More of the detail on the sides of Greater Anglia class 170 208
The Brecks Partnership together with Greater Anglia, have put these vinyl clad images of Breakland on to class 170 208. Class 170 208 was launched with these images, by Dame Stella Rimington, at Norwich station on the 31st July 2013. This train will hopefully be used on the Norwich to Cambridge services that run though the Brecklands.
Greater Anglia class 156 418 at Ely on 29th August 2013
East Midland Trains class 156415 with a train to Norwich at Ely also on 29th August 2013
I think this unit was on shot term hire to Greater Anglia.
The town of Ely is in the fens to the north of Cambridge. Ely Cathedral towers above the town and the flat fen landscape.
Ely railway station is on the Great Eastern main line from Cambridge to Norwich, and the line to Kings Lynn. There is also a line to Ipswich and another line to March and Peterborough.
Colas Rail Plasser Tamper number 73919 at Ely station on 29th August 2013 with class 66 158 behind it.
Class 66158 at Ely had come of a freight and had done some shunting I think and was about to return to it freight.
Freightliner Class 66538 on a freight at Ely on the 29th August 2013.
To the east of Ely is Ely North Junction at the small hamlet of Queen Adelaide were three lines head out into the fens. The first junction is for March and the Peterborough line (there are no overhead wires on this line).
The Ely avoiding line or West Curve was built to save March/Norwich trains having to reverse in Ely station. Freight trains now only use this line, bar about one East Midland Railways passenger train a week.
Norwich to Nottingham and Liverpool now all stop at Ely and then return back to Ely North Junction The driver change ends on the class 170 and class 158s which are used on these services.)
Birmingham to Norwich passenger trains often with class 31s and mark ones used The Ely Avoiding line in the 1970/80s. These trains did not stop at Ely.
The Norwich line is next and is not wired.
The Department for Transport gave the go ahead to upgrade the Ely North Junction. The existing two single track leads onto the Kings Lynn and Norwich lines will be doubled. The signaling at these junctions is also be upgraded.