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Peterborough Great Northern Station Building
 
Entrance to the old GNR station at Peterborough
 
This was the entrance to the old GNR station at Peterborough (North). The GNR station buildings were pulled down to be replaced by a new station building. This replacement station has it self now been upgraded (rebuilt) with a upgraded ticket office and barriers, lifts and new platforms in 2014.
 
The size of Peterborough in 2014 and the amount of interchange between trains means that a bigger better station was needed.
 
The old GNR station was full of Victorian charm, but its ticket office was very small. The book shop sold railway books and as a child I had looked at books in its window hoping some day to buy one. The beer in buffet was real ale, which as a child I did not try.
 
Yes it was dirty and rundown, but so were most stations in the late 1970s, It was still covered in the years of grime and soot from steam trains. Look at many stations today that have been cleaned and restored. Spalding or Sleaford not far away are worth a visit to see what might have been done to Peterborough GN station buildings.
 
The footbridge tower and all of the station buildings would I hope today have been listed and saved?
 
History will show that the Peterborough Great Northern station was pulled down, and a station that was little better and just good enough but no more,was put in its place. Lets hope the new station(2014), lasts longer,and is better the one we had.
 
The GNR Peterborough North station buildings
 
The GNR Peterborough North station buildings.
 
The GNR Peterborough North station buildings. If this photo was taken today you would be standing near to the multistory car park entrance. There is a mini roundabout at this juction now
 
Express Parcel office at Peterborough GNR station
 
One thing this part of the station building contained was the Express Parcel office, were parcels could be put on to express trains that day. Or even on to slow trains.
 
The North station from the car park
 
The North station from the car park taken from the station car park entrance. The ticket payment hut today is on the left of the photo. The new station is on the same site. The foot bridge stairs were in the tower near the red BR sign. The Great Northern Hotel is just behind the tree on the right hand side. It's all very quite and open and I think I waited for a gap in the traffic or was it a Sunday, but off peak in the week and during the day there were less local trains than todays services.
 
The GNR station main entrance from the right hand side
 
The main entrance of the Great Northern station from the right hand side. Taxies wait in the centre of the road. Today all these cars would be classic cars
 
 temporary wooden building at Peterborough station
 
While the old Great Northern Railway (GNR) Buildings was being pulled down this temporary wooden building was used till the new ticket office was ready.
 
The replacement station for the Great Northern station has itself now been upgraded with a upgraded ticket office lifts and new platforms in 2012-2014.
 The old Great Northern Railway (GNR) Buildings being pulled down
 
The old Great Northern Railway (GNR) Buildings at Peterborough being pulled down to be replaced by a new station building. The temorary building is just behind the BR sign on the righhand side of this photo
 
The old GNR station was full of Victorian charm, but its ticket office was very small. The book shop sold railway books and as a child I had looked at books in its window hoping some day to buy one. The beer in buffet was real ale, which as a child I did not try.
 
Temporary footbridge at Peterborough railway station
 
So as the old part of the GNR footbridge could be removed this temporary footbridge was used on what was then platform 3.
 
Temporary stairs were again used when the new lifts were put in 2013. I think todays rules would would have seen the sides filled in more.
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This website is Ukrailways1970tilltoday.me.uk  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 LNER GBRf Great Nirthern 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