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The Peterborough Fly-ash Line at Fletton

This line is now closed and the track and the fly-ash plant removed

Class 56 044 on a full fly-ash train on the Fletton fly-ash line

Class 56 044 on a full fly-ash train on the Fletton fly-ash line. The ECML is behind the ready mixed plant.

When the brick yards around Peterborough began to close, as the raw material, clay ran out, large "knot holes" were left. Some of these were full of water and some just a blot on the landscape. There would have been more clay to dig out around Peterborough, but over the years houses were built on what could have been clay pits.

The coal fired power stations made tons of ash of a very fine type known as fly-ash. Some were to put this ash was needed. The clay pits around Peterborough were chosen, with transport by rail. Presfro wagons which had been used for cement were what the ash was to be transported in.

As the power stations had merry go round facilities, this was also put in place at the Peterborough end. A new railway line was made from Fletton junction to a plant which then pumped the ash out with water and pumped this slurry which was a semi-liquid mixture of fine ash particles and water into the old clay pits were the ash sunk to the bottom and the water was later pumped away. When the pit was nearly full top soil was placed on the ash. The new Peterborough township of Hampton with its many new houses and a large Tesco store was once clay pits.

Class 47 206 waits to discharge its load of fly-ash

Class 47 206 waits to discharge its load of fly-ash. This train of fly-ash wagons has run around a clay pit which was full of water which was used to pump the ash out before  the train returned to the the power stations for more without needing to uncouple in the true merry go round tradition.

This photo which was taken in the winter as during the summer the trees hid this part of the line which was next to the A15 road, near the new roundabout at Hampton not far from the Hamton Tesco.


This part of this fly-ash line was built around a large water filled worked out brick pit. The track was a large loop which trains travelled around the lake in a clockwise direction before discharging there load of fly ash. The water in the lake was used to make the slurry that was pumped into the pits to be filled.


The Fly-ash line with a Class 56.

The Fly-ash line with a Class 56. Having been around the loop around the lake the class 56 is moving up one of the signals placed about 30ft apart at a time, as the fly-ash is discharged from the wagons.

The Fly-ash line with Class 47007.

The Fly-ash line from the other side with Class 47007. Having been around the loop around the lake the class 47 is moving up past one of the signals placed about 30ft apart as the fly-ash is discharged from the wagons.

In 2014 were these two photos above of the class 56 and 47007 were after discharging there loads, is a building site with new houses beng built on this land in 2014 ,were the track was just the bridges remain.

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Fletton in BR days


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  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!