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As part of a new platform layout at Peterborough station in 2014 some of the platforms numbers have now been changed platform 4 has kept the same number .
 Peterborough on this site is in now in three parts BR 1970 to 1999 and 2000 till 2014 and 2014 till today
 
 

Black Bridge

 "Black Bridge" was a wooden railway bridge over the course of Old River Nene at Stanground in Peterborough.

The Peterborough to March line which is a part of the ex Great Eastern line which runs From Peterborough to Ely.

DMU over the old coarse of the river Nene at Peterborough from the Standground side
Standing about waiting hours for a train(fish) to come by.

(Is waiting for a train any worst than waiting for a fish to bite?)

At Standground in Peterborough, the Peterborough to March line crosses over the old coarse of the river Nene. This was by a wooden bridge. This wooden bridge in photo above was a replacement bridge after in 1963 it had burnt down to the water line in one of Peterborough's biggest fires. The creosote covered timbers were covered in oil and coal dust from many years of trains passing over the bridge.
The fire burnt like a rocket and only the timbers below the water line remained. To get trains running again it was decided to put new timbers on to the old unburnt wood under the water line.

This was a short term fix. But it lasted for many years. A serve speed restriction was placed on the bridge. Surprisingly Class 55s class 40s and 47s all used the bridge when ECML trains used this line on Sundays but very slowly.
As the years went by the need for a new bridge was at last made and it was replaced with a new concrete bridge.

 

 class 47 over the old coarse of the river Nene at Peterborough from the Standground side

A class 47 over the old coarse of the river Nene at Peterborough from the Standground side.

The class 47 above had been diverted off the ECML at Hitchin and had come by way of Cambridge Ely and March to get back to Peterborough. This adding about a hour to the journey. But unlike today, no bus, no standing in the rain waiting for a 2nd bus, when the first is full, no carrying all your luggage off the train then on to a bus. Then take all your luggage off the bus and back on to a train.

 

The new bridge that replaced the old wooden bridge.

The new concreat bridge that replaced the old wooden bridge.

This part of Standgound now has new houses with moorings for boats. But you can still take photos from the other side on Peterborough embankment. The part of Standgound were the man was fishing above now has new houses with moorings for boats.

The Black Bridge at Stanground 

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The Next page on the March Line heads out of Peterborough To Kings Dyke 

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Page updated 30/1/2015
 
 

About Peterborough

 Yaxley in BR days

Farcet in BR days

The now closed Flyash line at Fletton Peterborough

Fletton in BR days

 Just to the south of Peterborough station in  BR days

Peterborough to March line in BR days  in Peterborough

About The Peterborough to March railway line

The River Nene bridges at Peterborough near to the NVR station

The  Peterborough to March line goes under the ECML at the Fair meadow Car Park

Peterborough East Station was here

This bridge at Peterborough was made of wood now replced by a concrete bridge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This website is Ukrailways1970tilltoday.me.uk  it is on railways, but it is not just on trains, but all things railways, with photos, which I have taken from the 1970s till now. I take photos of all things railways, steam diesel and electric trains, signal boxes, wagons any thing that is on the National Rail network, which was BR when I started taken photos.

Today EWS, East Coast, Central trains and EWS are just some of the names on the trains. The name on the train does not mean, thats whos train it is these days. These names keep changing, but that means I have to keep taking photos. I also take photos of preserved railways with steam diesel and electric trains.There is lots more to add and I keep taking More!