Line to March & ELy
A DMU in BR days going past the old platforms of the East station at Peterborough, heading for March, on the Peterborough to March line on a very cold morning.
The platforms of the closed Peterborough East station can still be made out in this photo above. The Parkway road and river bridge has not yet been built. The sidings to the right had been used as a PW depot just be for this photo was taken. These siding were removed soon after these photos were taken.
Peterborough East station was Peterborough 2nd station. It was used by Great Eastern trains and LNWR trains off what is now the Nene Valey Railway. When the East station closed its trains were tranfered to what was called Peterborough North railway staion, now just called Peterborough.
Class 47 at site of the closed Peterborough East station
Class 31 on a parcels train that has just come under the main road bridge that goes over the river Nene.
A class 31 on a long parcels train past the site of the closed east station
There is all new flats each side of the railway here now with just the two tracks
Class 08406 near the Great Easter cottages that were going to be saved but never were.
Cravens DMU to Cambridge at site of Peterborough East station
Peterborough East station closed to passengers on the 6th June 1966. The East station was used for parcels for a while be for being pulled down.
The Parcels then went to New England were road and rail depot was built. This parcels depot has now also closed.
The line on the left is to some sidings that were used as PW depot. This was next to Peterborough United Football ground.
'Black Bridge' was a wooden railway bridge over the course of Old River Nene at Stanground in Peterborough on the Peterborough to March line which is a part of the ex Great Eastern line which runs From Peterborough to Ely.
Standing about waiting hours for a (fish) to come by, not looking at the trains going by.
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.
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.
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 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 line 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 between Peterborough and March 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.