Line to March & ELy
A pair of class 25s come into Peterborough from the bridge over the river Nene past what was First Capital Connect's (now Great Northerns) EMU sidings then used for carriges.
The line from the down slow of the ECML which the class 25 is going over was removed in 2014. What looks a little like a footbridge top right was the coal conveyer to the closed Peterborogh's coal fired Power station.
The Peterborough to March railway line is one of the main east to west railway lines from the Midlands into East Anglia. Peterborough is a major passenger interchange station . Platforms 5 and 4 were used (signalled for both ways) for Birmingham to Cambridge and Standstead airport and Norwich to Liverpool trains and Peterborough to Ipswich Trains for more on these two platforms click on Peterborough.
Two new platforms at Peterborough were in 2014 added with the numbers 6 and 7, as the number of trains using the Peterborough station is incressing. This has helped if a train is held in a platform for any time if there were no spare platforms
A short trip along the Peterborough March railway line in Peterborough
From the Peterborough the line starts from platform 4 or 5 in BR days. (today the new platform 6 and 7 can be used as well). From the south end of Peterborough Station we go under the large Crescent road Bridge. The line then runs past what is now the EMU sidings and then over the curved steel bridge over the River Nene next to the Nene Valleys Railway station at Peterborough. There was a coal fired power station here, but this is flats and a supermarket.
The Great Eastern and LNWR used to have their own station called Peterborough East near to Peterborough Football ground. This was Peterborough's 2nd station. This station served the LNWR line to Northampton and the line to Rugby now used by the Nene Valley Railway as far as Wansford
The Peterborough United football ground is to the right. There were sidings and a engine shed which still stands but is in a poor state. The NVR's turntable at Wansford came from the East station MPD , The turntable was only put in the late 1950s and has now seen more years in use at the NVR than it did at the East station engine shed site.
Just After the East Station was Black bridge a wooden bridge that was burnt down to the water line in a fire in the 1950s
Class 47 is going over the River Nene bridge in the late 1970s when Peterborough Power station was still in place.
This power station is now gone replaced by The River Gate shopping Centre and Flats. There is now a footbridge this side of the Bridge which is now only used by Rail World.
The East Coast Main Line (ECML) GNR bridge can be seen in the background.
After going under the ECML the line goes beside the Fair Meadow car Park before going past the site of the East station it then goes under the Perkins Parkway road bridge which is only about 30 years old I think. It then goes over the Black Bridge river bridge.
Under the ECML and past The Fair meadow Car Park
DMU in BR days coming under the ECML on the Peterborough March line.
Just after the River Nene is crossed the Peterborough to March line goes under the East Coast Main line (ECML) and alongside the Fair meadow car park. (this car park was were all the fairs were held and some times still are) In BR days you could take a good photo here, but trees were planted alongside the line here and anti vandal fences put up.
The line to Rugby and Northampton had two tracks on this side to were the Nene Valleys Peterborough station is now. There was no station there at this time. The line to Peterborough station used to come off the Northamton line.
Two car DMU to March and Ely
A Class 25 on a PW train coming under the ECML
This class 47 on a freight has just come under the ECML at Peterborough next to Fair ground car park . The Nene Valleys Peterborough station that is yet to be built and is now behind the ECML and just to the left. The class 47 still has it headcodes but has set them to 0000.
When the LNWR line was open (now the NVR) its juction was here . I think the track was moved over a bit here to make a better cuve towards the Peterborough (North) station.
The site of the East Station which had closed on the 6th June 1966 is behind us on the other side of the main town river bridge. There was a level crossing here years ago which would stop the traffic into the main town centre.
The place were I am taking ths photo from now has a row large of conifers along the edge of the car park. You cannot now take photos from this spot.
A Class 31 on a Birmingham to Norwich train next to the Fairmeadow car park at Peterborough. The ECML bridge is in the background.
Class 08406 heads back to Peterborough depot after shunting at the PW depot near the football ground on the site of the old east station.
Note the state of the car park. The entrance to the NVR station is now via the two archs under the ECML on the right.
This line then heads out of Peterborough to Kings Dyke which is only just outside Peterborough. On the to way to Whittlesea we see the only brick works left around Peterborough, which are along this part of the line.
Whittlesea has the only station which is a small basic station. The line then goes on to Turves a small village in the fens with just a signal box and a few houses. It is then to on to March this part of the line is in wide open flat fens, as is the next part of the line from March to Ely.
March has it own pages and to see pages on this line in March