Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Ely Railway Station
Ely in BR days
Class 37 in platform 1 at Ely station waiting for the signal
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.
DMU to Norwich at Ely station in platform 1
DMU to Cambridge in Ely station
Class 31 just outside Ely at Qeen Adelaide on the line from March.
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.