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As part of a new platform layout at Peterborough station in 2014 some of the platforms numbers have now been changed .
Peterborough 1970s  till  1999 (BR)
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 Peterborough on this site is in now in three parts BR 1970 to 1999 and 2000 till 2014 and 2014 till today 

Westwood Yard BR

 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 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.

There is even more gone today with just trains stopping for meal breaks, and stock stored out of use.

Westwood Yard even in the late 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 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 from the over 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 orders also going out by road.


Page updated 30/1/2015

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!