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This bay platform in late 2013 had its track removed ,as part of a new platform layout at Peterborough station.

Platform 1 In BR days

The old platform 2 will now from 2014 become the new platform 1.

Platform one is full of parcel and mail vans as a HST to London waits in platform 2 at Peterborough railway station

Platform 1 is full of parcel and mail vans as a HST to London waits in platform two on a bitter cold winters day.

Platform one at Peterborough station was a bay platform. In British Rail days in 1970's and 1980's it was often only used to store parcels and Post Office and mail vans during the day.

In late the 1970's and 1980's there was still a lot of Mail going by rail and of course newspapers, and platform one was very useful for this vans. During the night the stations were full of mail bags with mail trains stopping at all stations along the ECML and unloading and loading all night. These mail trains often had passengers as well. It was slow but you got home. Not like today when there's no passengers trains during the night and you can face a 8 hour wait for the next train.

The odd DMU would use platform one but most Peterborough London stopping trains used platform three. These were more than often than not a class 31s and mark ones. Craven units were used but gave a very poor ride and there engines over heated on the long distance to London between stations at their top speed


Class O8 406 with some parcels vans in platform 1 at Peterborough station

Class O8 406 with some parcels vans in platform 1 at Peterborough station.

Even in late the 1970's and 1980's Mail was still going by rail and platform 1 was used to load and unload parcels from Post Office and mail vans.

There was a loading dock were the man is walking. It was used for unloading parcels and boxes. When the circus came to Peterborough circus animals would unload here and some of them walk though the town to the old show ground or the river embankment.

This loading here was stopped and a fence put up, when EMUs started to use the bay, so as passengers could not use this side. 


Next set of Pages is Platform 2 in BR days


There is more on this platform I pages from 2000 till 2014 


This bay was removed in late 2013 as part of the station upgrade.

Platform 1 in 2014 is now the new number for what was the old platform 2

In late 2014 not all the bay has been filled in.


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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!