Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Holme in 2008
National Express East Coast up train on Easter Sunday 2008 at Holme Lode on the ECML
This part of the UK gets little snow. At 7am on this Easter Sunday in 2008, there was a good cover of snow, as I got up. But trains did not start running till around 10am, and the snow was all gone here by dinner time.
National Express East Coast down train at Holme Easter Sunday 2008
Hull Trains down train at Holme Easter Sunday 2008
Class 66149 with Railtrack wagons heading North on the 23rd March 2008
Railtrack became Network Rail in 2002
Battle of Britain 34067 Tangmere at Holme in 2008
Tangmere at Holme crossing on the down train on Saturday December 5th 2008.
Battle of Britain number 34067 Tangmere was on the "The Cathedrals Express Carole Concert Special" on Saturday December 5th in 2008 . Tangmere was putting a good show of steam at the Ramsey road crossing at Holme on the ECML south of Peterborough. This train was from London Kings Cross to Lincoln.
The Southern Railway built 110 of these 4-6-2 Battle of Britain or West Country Pacific steam locomotives which were designed by its Chief Mechanical Engineer Oliver Bulleid between 1945 and 1950. They were named after West Country resorts or RAF air fields that were associated with the Battle of Britain. They were known as Light Pacifics but got the nick name"Spam Cans" because of the air-smoothed design that looked like the meat tin!
34067 Tangmere is a Battle of Britain class and was one of the Southern Railway built locomotives. It was built in 1947 with the Southern Railway number 21C167 (34067 is its BR number).The Locomotive was named after the RAF World War 2 air field Tangmere that played its part in the Battle of Britain
RAF Tangmere air field after which 34067 was named after is near Tangmere a village which is about 3 miles to the east of Chichester inWest Sussex in Southern England.
Tangmere would not have been used on the ECML in British Railways days , but on the Southern region of British Railways.
Railways at Holme
Holme is a small village next to the ECML between Peterborough and Huntingdon and it is spelt with a L. Holme village is in the Huntingdonshire district of Cambridgeshire.
Holme had its own railway station and a branch line to Ramsey. Both the station and the branch line are now closed. Yaxley village and Peterborough are to the north and Connington crossing is to the south (about a mile from the village).
The land in fens around Holme is black fen peat and is some of the lowest and best farming land in England. The track was laid on reed and wooden rafts and has not sunk like the land around.
The ECML is now on a embankment. It was level with the land when it was built. They may have kept adding soil and or ballast to kept the track level over the years.
The level crossing in the Holme village has a gate box that was a replacement when the old signal boxe went. Holme vilage is to on the west of this crossing.
Conington Airfield or as it is now called Peterborough Business Airport is between Holme vilage and Conington.
To the south of Holme village is a level crossing at Conington. Most mainline steam heading north stop on the down slow between Holme and Conington crossings to top up with water from a water tanker, as there are now no water cranes now on the ECML
To the north is a level crossing at Holme fen which is about a 3/4 of a mile north towards Peterborough and is on a very minor road
First Capital Connect class 365511 23rd March 2008
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