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 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.
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 being hump shunted. four 16ton and one 20T.
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|Eastfield signal box New England East Shunting Cabin|
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