Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
'Holme Level Crossing in 2020'
4-6-2 no.6233 Duchess of Sutherland on Saturday 15th February 2020 with The Railway Touring Company's "The Valentines White Rose" at the Holme crossing on the Ramsey Road.
This was to become one the last steam trains on the ECML main line in the first half of 2020 due to the lock down.
LNER Azuma at Holme on the 30th of June in 2020
Thameslink Class 70013 on down train on the 30th of June 2020 at Holme crossing
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 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
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