Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
This page is on Peterborough railways in in the years 2000 to 2013
Platform 4 at Peterborough station
GBRailfreight class 66709 light engine though platform 4 at Peterborough
This GBRf class 66 is in the Medite liverly and named Joseph Arnold Davies at Felixstowe in 2002 after the father of the Medite Chairman and Managing Director Roy Davies.
GBRf was formed in 1999 and won its first contract in April 2000. GBRf was part of the First group, but Eurotunnel now owns GBRf .
GBRailfreight (GBRf) has a depot workshops in New England on part of the site of the large steam MPD that was at New England. It now has a small depot in the old goods shed near the station at March to cut down on light engine movments between Whitemoor Yard and GBRf at Peterborough.
Platform four started being used on the 25 June 1972 ready for when the new though lines opened on the 2nd May 1973. Most ECML down trains to Leeds and Scotland use platform four
Platform 4 was and still is used by up and down Norwich Cambridge and Birmingham Nottingham and Liverpool trains.
Freight and passenger trains and light engines can also use platforms 4 both ways.
Platform Four is on the eastern edge of a island platform with Platform 5 is on the outer western edge.
The buildings on this island platform are of the style of architecture prevalent in the 1960's and 1970's bland and and insipid. But clean and just about fit for there use.
These two platforms are linked to the main station by a long foot bridge over the two fast lines. This footbridge was made longer when the new lines with platform 6 and 7 were put in,in 2014.
There is also a Post office bridge that was out of bounds in BR days, but is now used for push chairs and the yellow mobility truck that carries wheelchairs and old people over who can't use the stairs, as Peterborough station still had no lifts, right to up till 2014!.
Central Trains class 170 104 in platform 4a at Peterborough
Central Trains area has now been spirit up. Cross Country and East Midland Trains have now taken over runing some of the trains that Central Trains used to run though Peterborough station.
East Midland Trains class 158881 in South West Trains colours comes into platform 4 at Peterborough station in 2008.
GNER trains in Platform 4
GNER 3303 comes into the south end of platform 4 at Peterborough in 2003
GNER 3303 one of the 3772 trainsets that was on lease from Eurostar. This set had been repainted in GNER colours for the White Rose service between Kings Cross and Leeds. This set has now gone back to Eurostar.
GNER class 91 on a down train at the north end of platform 4 at Peterborough in 2002.
The buildings behind the train including the Peterborough hospital have now all been pulled down and houses build in ther place.
Platform 4 in 2008
Class 60068 Charles Darwin though platform 4 in 2008
This freight has come out of Westwood yard and has come though platform 4 and will head onto the March Ely line.
Platform four at Peterborough station is signalled both ways and as well as the passenger trains freight trains use this platform as above as well as platform 5 to get on to the March Ely line. Crew changes are sometimes done in the platform (a quick change over only). There were two goods loops next to platform 5 which were aso used for longer stops or when the platforms are needed for passenger trains.
Ony one goods avoiding line was added in the new layout after 2014 but frieght also can use platform 4 5 6 and 7as well now.
Platform 4 in 2006
First Capital Connect 317 345 in platform 4b at Peterborough railway station in 2006.
This First Capital Connect service from London has just terminated at Peterborough and will then need to go to the carriage (EMU?) sidings for a while (end of the Peak) and will often use platform four. This is because the EMU can then go direct to the carriage sidings from platform 4.
Platform 4 is also used by First Capital Connect when platforms 1 or 2 or 3 are in use by other services. This can have passengers running over the footbridge, if it was a late platform change.
The first batch of these class 317s (317/1) 317301 to 317348 were built between 1981 and 1982. They have a maximum speed of 100 mph.
The class 317 345 above was one of the first Class 317s to receive a First Capital Connect livery which was put on at Wabtec in Doncaster. First Capital Connect had taken over from WAGN, on the 1st of April in 2006
In 2014 Great Northern took over from First Capital Connect these Great Northern commuter services from Peterborough to Kings Cross
Page updated 13/4/2020