Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Spalding to Lincoln & Nottingham to Skegness
East Midland Trains class 153376 at Sleaford station on the 24th May 2012 was still painted in Central Trains green. This unit had only I think just been repainted when EMT took over.
Sleaford railway station in the 2012 still looked much as it did in LNER days a part from the signals and steam. There is a lack of station staft when the booking office is not open. In the 1980s and 1990s Sleaford station and the joint line from Spalding to Lincoln was slowly being left to die. The removal of station buildings with bus shelters, never did happen at Sleaford station. The resoration of this station has made it a very nice station to wait for a train even if most of the station is not used.
Colas Rail class 47 739 Robin of Templecombe comes out of Sleaford station and over the level crossing on the 24th May 2012 with a train to Boston docks. The class 47s was a little dirty.
Network Rail DR98910 in Sleaford station on the 24th May 2012
Sleaford station is on the Nottingham
to Skegness 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.
East Midland Trains class 153308 comes from Lincon into Sleaford
Sleaford is on the line from Nottingham to Boston in the town of Sleaford. Passenger trains between Peterborough and Lincoln leave the Great Eastern joint line at Sleaford South Junction to call at Sleaford station, be for then returning to the Great Eastern joint line via Sleaford West Junction and then Sleaford North Junction.
Be for the avoiding line was reopened in 2014 all trains on the Great Eastern joint line had to use Sleaford station.
Signal boxes between Peterborough and Lincoln
This signal box was 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.
The next signal box is on the line to Lincoln in Sleaford is Sleaford West
Sleaford Signal Boxes
Page updated 8/6/2020