Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
The March to Spalding Railway
'March to Spalding line About'
This line Closed in 1982
A pair of class 20s on the March to Spalding raiway line.
This railway line is now closed and for a lot of the way you would not know it was there. If you know were to look there are still goods sheds and signal boxes and lines of trees were the track bed was. The platforms in March station which this line used, have no track but the platforms are still there.
The March to Spalding line started at March station, but then went though the Whitemoor yard and didn’t really start till the Twenty feet signal box at the north end of Whitemoor Yard
The fens are mile on mile, of fields as flat as a pancake. You would be hard pressed to find a more open and break place in the England on a cold windy winters day.
The railway used to then to go on to a viaduct at Ring's End some of which is some is still in place but the part over the March road has been removed. The railway then went ovr the River Nene on a bridge which was surpposed to have been left when the line closed in case the line ever reopened, but it was removed. The railway then when over the A47 road on a a bridge and into the village of Guyhirne. This bridge was also removed.
Guyhirne railway station was opened by the Great Northern Railway in 1867. It was closed to passengers in 1953. Goods traffic then remained till 1964
Class 31132 on a freight
A pair of class 20s on a freight
Class 31326 on a passenger train
Class 37154 at Guyhirne on a freight
Two Class 20s at Guyhirne light engines going over the A47 road.
This bridge has now been removed, but the garage is still in the same place.
Murrow was the next village along this railway line. There was a station at Murrow West on the railway line between March and Spalding on the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway. The station had opened in 1867 and was closed in July 1953.
This Murow station was not the only station in Murrow. A second station was on the Midland and Great Northern Joint line which was called Murrow East.
This line crossed the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway on the level here just to north of the GN&GEJR station.
There was a station at French Drove in the middle of nowere and then a Postland which was also in the fens but was for the village of Crowland which was at least 3 miles away.
There was also a station in the village Cowbite. All the stations along this line were closed for passengers befor the railway closed apart from March and Spalding.
Two class 20s on a freight at French Drove
The Doncaster to Cambridge DMU services were one of the last passenger services on this line. It stopped at Spalding for about 15mins and at March for about 30mins and at Ely for another long stop.
When the March Spalding line closed these very slow trains were moved to go round by Peterborough with short station stops and faster units. Today you have change at Peterbough as there is no Doncaster to Cambridge train.
Class 31 on a train of tank wagons at Cowbit
There has been some talk over the years of this line re-opening, but some of the main briges have been removed and Whitemoor Prison and The New Network rail Yard has been built over some of some the line at March. Some of the A16 Spading bypass and new houses have been built at Spalding, on the old track bed. The longer time goes by the more it will cost and it will never happen.
Page updated 8/6/2020