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Yaxley & Farcet in BR days
 
Class 47 on an up train at Yaxley.
 
Class 47 on an up train at Yaxley.
 
Today there just two tracks here. All the brick yards have gone. This spot like many others is now all trees.
 
A class 31 and a class 47 light engines head for London at Yaxley
 
A class 31 and a class 47 light engines head for London at Yaxley
 
Class 47 on down train at Yaxley
 
Class 47 on down train at Yaxley
 
The bridge in the photo was replaced some time in 1990s with a new wider bridge, built in two halfs to keep the road open.
 
A class 47 on a down train at the site of Yaxley station
 
A class 47 on a down train at the site of Yaxley station who's passenger service was withdrawn in 1959 and its goods in 1965. Yaxley village was a lot smaller then than now.
 
The two tracks across Holme Fen used to change into four here. The point for the up slow can just be seen in the right hand corner. When the overhead wires were put up the slow lines were removed between Yaxley and Fletton junction.
 
Note the red gas cylinders for the point heaters.
 
Farcet  in BR days
 
Class 31 and two mark ones at Farcet
 
Class 31 and two mark ones at Farcet
 
This train may of been a replacement for a failed DMU.
 
This part of the web site is about the railways which are just to the south of Peterborough. Today (2009) the new town ship of Hampton is being built on the site clay pits from which The London Brick Company made 1,000s of bricks.
 
Some of the land alongside the railway here is now part of the  Crown Lakes Country Park and there is a footbridge over the railway here.
 
All along this part of the ECML were brick works. The photo above shows one of the last ones still in use. There were fours tracks along here and there were sidings were bricks were put into open wagons. Even in the late 1970s a class 08 would take empty open wagons and return with wagons full of bricks. All these brick works have now closed and  have been removed.
 
class 47 at Farcet
 
Class 47 on up train at Farcet
 
The Knot Holes (pits) were filled with fly ash from power stations. This was was brought by train and then mixed with water and pumped into these Knot holes. After a time the ash settled and the water was reused. Earth was put on top of the fly ash. Many hundreds of houses are being being built on some of this land.
 
Class 47 at  on the ECML at Farcet
 
Another up train with a class 47 showing just how tall this chimneys were.
 
This side of the line is now Crown Lakes Country Park and I think the other side will be houses. There is a footbridge over the ECML here now. There was talk at one time about a second station for Peterborough somewere along here.
 
class 31 on ECML at Farcet
 
Class 31 in BR blue on a PW train at Farcet on ECML at Farcet
 
Note the open shock wagons for the bricks in the siddings. This part of the ECML is now only 2 tracks it was 4 tracks and siddings for wagons to load bricks. In the 1970s a class 08 would spend most of the day triping wagons between these sidings and Weswood Yard at Peterborough
 
Deltic at Farcet on ECML
 
Class 55  Deltic also at Farcet
 
To the south of Peterborough there were lots clay pits. The clay from these pits was turned into bricks at The London Brick Company's works, which were on both sides of the railway between Peterborough and Yaxley
 
 Class 55009 at Farcet
 
Another Deltic at Farcet 55009 I think.
 
Note the blanked off headcode on the two photos of the deltics, one is painted in yellow and one in black.
 
The bridge in the background is at Yaxley and has since been rebuilt.
 
There were fours tracks along this part of the ECML with sidings were bricks were put into open wagons. This part of the ECML was cut back to two tracks to save cash when the wires went up.
 
HST 253026 With the Princes Trust on it at Farcet
 
HST 253026 With the Princes Trust banner on it at Farcet.
 
I think this the 16.47 Edinburgh Waverley to London Kings Cross on the 23rd of July 1977,with  The Lee Valleys Railway Club Jubliee Special ?
 
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