Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
The March to Spalding Railway
'Twenty Feet River Signal Box'
This Railway Line closed in 1982
Twenty Feet River signal box
This box was named Twenty Feet River it closed when the Great Eastern and Great Norther Joint Line (GN&GEJR) to Spalding line closed. This box had a very short life it was only opened in 1974 and closed in 1982. The signal box it replaced a box was called Twenty Feet Siding which was sinking into the fens. The lever frame in this box came from the closed box at Spital Junction at Peterborough
Twenty feet River box just after the line had closed
The weeds are begining to take hold on the track at Twenty feet. This was at the northern end of the large Whitemoor yard. We are standing on what was the March to Spalding line.
The fens to the right and left of the picture are mile on mile, of fields as flat as a pancake. You would be hard pressed to find a more open and break place to put a large marching yard. The up yard was entered to the left just after the bridge. The box is all boarded up and name plates removed. Today Whitemoor prison is on some part of the yard.
Although two of the signal boxes in March are still in use in 2017, this signal box closed in 1982 when the line closed.
Signal at March Twenty Foot river bridge and road crossing when the March to Spalding line was open. The train is signaled to go into Whitemoor yard.
This signal has been left were was and is still standing in 2018 but there is no track here now.
The Great Eastern and Great Northern Joint Line (GN&GEJR) railway line from March to Spalding closed in 1982. The photos in this part were all taken on 35mm slide film.
Page updated 08/6/2020