Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Peterborough to March
In BR days
Class 31s at Turves in BR Days
A Birmingham train from Norwich is at Turves next to the Three Horse Shoes signal box
with a class 31 in charge. Note the 20 miles a hour speed sign for trains using the crossover ahead on the left.
The Class 31 diesel-electric locomotive was designed by Brush Traction with a A1A-A1A wheel arrangement and were introduced in 1957. They were originally classified as a Type 2 locomotive. Then under the TOPS system as a Class 30 locomotive, but were rebuilt as Class 31. They were used for both passenger and freight and were a real maid of all work.
Another class 31 over one of the level crossing at Turves.
Note the crossing keepers hut with its tall chimmey.
This crossing like the others at Turves now has lifting barriers.
Class 31 with a freight at Turves in BR days heading for March.
A class 31 on a passenger train to Birmingham at Turves in BR days
Between Turves and March The surrounding fields here are flat and very large. We are in the fens and the land is often below sea level or only about foot above it. Years ago this fen land was often under water, be for the land was drained. You can see for miles.
Turves is about three miles from Whittlesea and is but a very small village (Hamlet) with just a few houses miles from anywhere. There are about five level crossings at Turves all now with automatic lifting barriers here. The March road crossings the railway line about four times in about two miles
The Peterborough to March Railway line
Peterborough East was the main Great Eastern Railway Peterborough station for this line. This station was closed and all services transferred to the Great Northern Peterborough North station, now called just plain Peterborough.
The railway line heads out of Peterborough to Kings Dyke were there are brick works. There is a signal box at Kings Dyke
on the main Peterborough Whittlesea road. The first and only station is at Whittlesea which is still open. There is a signal box called Whittlesea
The railway station at March
is still open and there is a Network Rail Infrastructure Yard on the site of the old Marshalling Yard at Whitemoor
Page updated 8/5/2020
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