A DMU to Sheffield comes into Sleaford station past these two fine signals in BR days. the train has come from the joint line from Spalding. These fine signals did not last for many more years. Note the wires helping to keep them up
Sleaford railway station in the 1970s still looked much as it did in LNER days. Sleaford station and the joint line from Spalding was slowly being left to die. The removal of station buildings with bus shelters, never did happen here. The restoration of this station had to wait till later.
Freight between Lincoln and Spalding in late 1970s and early 1980s was still using the Sleaford avoiding line with trains to and from the large Whitemoor yard at March with short wheelbase wagons. All this was soon to stop with the closing of the Spalding to March line and single wagon freight from yard to yard was stopped. The avoiding line was closed but not removed.
A pair of class 20s return from Skegness
in the late evening sun with a train full of hoilday makers who have had a good day out at the seaside. Class 20194 is leading. The train is passing Sleaford East signal box. The box has lost it cast sign replaced by a plain white one.
Another train with two more class 20s come into platform 2 at Sleaford station with a Skegness (jolly fisherman?) sign on it. The class 20s were used on coal trains in the week and on these hoiday day trains at the weekends in the summer. The class 20s as freight locomotives had no steam heating boilers.
A class 37 comes into platform 2 at Sleaford in the late evening sun.
DMU in Sleaford station in BR days
Sleaford station is on the Nottingham
line which runs west to east. Trains on the Peterborough
line also use this station that runs north to south. The Spalding trains come off the GN&GE line at Sleaford south juction and join the Skegness line at Sleaford East juction just to the east of the station. To get get back on the Lincoln line trains travel west to Sleaford west juction and then rejoin the Lincoln line at Sleaford North juction.
There is an avoiding line east of the town that let trains from Spalding to Lincoln bypass Sleaford. This went out of use for a number of years and all Spalding Lincoln freight trains had to come though the station. This avoiding line was never pulled up and one line has now been reopened (2014), so that some of the freight trains off the ECML can use this to open up more paths between Peterborough and Doncaster on the ECML.
Signal boxes between Peterborough and Lincoln
These signal boxes were on the railway line from Peterborough
to Spalding Sleaford
on the Great Nothern loop as it is called today. Much work has gone into upgrading this railway line. This has meant that nearly all the old signal boxes and signals and hand worked crossing gates have all gone. These have been replaced by a new signal center at Lincoln, which is to be replaced, when the York signal Center goes on line.
Sleaford Signal Boxes
Sleaford station is on the Nottingham to Boston and Skegness line.Passenger trains on the railway line from Peterborough
to Spalding Sleaford
on the Great Nothern loop use Sleaford station turning off the GN&GER line at Sleaford South Juction and return at Sleaford North Juction. The Direct line between the south and North juction was closed for many years but is now reopened.
The Next page is Sleaford East signal box