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class 31 ou of Westwood yard
 
Class 31 in Westwood Yard Peterborough with three Parcels vans
 
The class 31 above is in Westwood Yard the main freight yard at Peterborough. In the 1970's and early 1980's there was still some mixed freight and parcels to be sorted at Westwood Yard.
 
There were about 112 sidings for about 6000 wagons with over 26000 wagons a week storted be for the 2nd World War sorted in the goods yards in Peterborough.
 
Only a small part of this once very large yard remained in the late 1970's.
 
A class 47 in Westwood Yard
 
A class 47 in Westwood Yard in BR days
 
Class 08 272 with a long mixed parcels train
 
Class 08 272 with a long mixed parcels train of all storts of covered vans in Westwood Yard.
 
There is even more track gone today with just trains stopping for meal breaks, and stock stored out of use.
 
Westwood Yard even at the start of the 1970s still had a small hump to sort out wagons.
 
Some parcel vans at Royal Mail parcel Depot at New England
 
Some parcel vans at The Royal Mail parcel Depot at New England
 
A Royal Mail parcel Depot at New England was built on part of the site of the New England steam MPD after it closed. There was a over bridge to Freemans mail order warehouse with a conveyor to move parcels over to the other side of the ECML.

The big idear was that most parcels were to come in and out by rail with road transport for towns only without railways.

Road transport then took over and nothing was then moved by rail and at some time its name was changed to Parcel Force. Peterborough then serving as a hub in this part of the east Midlands but by road.

Today things have changed again and this parcel Depot at New England is now closed and pulled down. The site is now a new big B&Q and a Argos super store.

Freeman's mail order ware house was on the other side of the the ECML which was linked to Royal Mail parcel Depot closed down its Peterborough warehouse. Freeman's had not used rail for a number of years, all its orders also going out by road.

 class 08 in Westwood yard

Class 08 in Westwood Yard in the late 1970's

The class 08 above is shunting wagons over a small hump into a fan of sidings in Westwood yard. This part of the yard was next to the roundabout which you use now to get to B&Q and PC World. A lot of what sidings at New England is now a dual carriageway and shops.

Only part of Westwood yard was left in 1970's and even lest today (2018).

Were the dual carriage way that runs from the station to New England is now, was rows of sidings full of wagons. The Yard went right back to the houses. How did any one get a goods night rest with all shunting going on all though the night?

Shunting of wagons went on day and night in the 1950s. When I was young wagons bing shunted could be herd all over Peterborough with more freight running at night than during the day.

By the late 1970's just a few wagons needed shunting, and today its is just the removing of defective wagons or putting new or repaired wagons back into the sets of wagons.

 

class 08 139 IVOR

This class 08 139 has been given a name of "IVOR"

 The shunting cabin  is New England East Shunting Cabin 

Five steel mineral wagons in Westwood Yard

Five steel mineral wagons in Westwood Yard being hump shunted. four 16ton and one 20T.

 Class 40056 with a long coal train
 
Class 40056 with a long coal train with a mix of 16 ton & 20ton mineral wagons and 22 ton hoppers and a brake van coming out of Westwood Yard.
 
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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