This page is on Peterborough railways and is about the GNR gate box at Helston in the 1970s


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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)
Peterborough 2000 till 2013
 Peterborough 2014 till today
Peterborough railways on this site is in now in three parts BR 1970 to 1999 and 2000 till 2014 and 2014 till today

GNR gate box at Helpston on the Maxey Road

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Gate Box at Helpston 1970s

GNR gate box at Helpston in the 1970s

This gate box was removed when the signals were upgraded ready for the overhead wires. CTV from Helpston signal box now controls the barriers at this level crossing on the Maxey Road. Note how the road because of the cant on ECML here the road is a bit of roller coaster and also the posts to keep  traffic on the road.

The Midland Railways line from Peterborough to Stamford is in the foreground. The road goes over both sets of lines. it also had a small crossing keepers cabin here which is now at Orton Mere station on The Nene Valley Railway. That box was removed from here in 1974.

 The Midland box from Helpston in 2009 at the Nene Valley Railway Orton Mere station

The Midland box from Helpston in 2009 at the Nene Valley Railway Orton Mere station.The box was not on raised on a brick base when at Helpston.


Helpston is a village on the The East Coast Main Line main line just to the north of Peterborough. The ECML runs from London to Edinburgh. The G.N.R and then the L.N.E.R used to run this line be for BR. This line has now been electrified, and is one of the top railways in the U.K.

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Pages at Helpston

Tornado on The Cathedrals Express 30th of June in 2012, at Lolham crossing
Tornado day 1 of The Cathedrals Explorer 18th May ECML Helpston 2012
Oliver Cromwell on The Peak Forester on Sunday 29th May 2012
Tornado with a steam movement on 10th April from the NVR in 2012
Woodcroft level crosing to south of Helpston
Woodcroft level crosing in BR days
Helpston signal box
Closed GNR gate box at Maxey road
Loham Level Crossing
A4 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley 28th November 2009 at Lolham level crossing
Bittern on The Talisman 1st March in 2008 at Lolham level crossing
Union of South Africa 60009 at Lolham crossing in July 2008
GNER class 91s on 10th August 2007 at Lolham level crossing
East Midland Trains 158 and Hull Trains 222 Lolham 2008
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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, DRS and Greater Anglia are just some of the names on the trains. 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!