Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Peterborough to March
GBRf class 66762 is heading for Peterborough on Thursday 11th February 2016 at Turves, which is a small hamlet or village, that is between Whittlesea and March.
DB class 66089 on train heading to March crossing one of the four level crossings at Tuves on Thursday 11th of Febuary 2016. The Three Horse Shoes signal box can be seen on the left.
Abellio Greater Anglia class 170 271 at Turves on 11th of February 2016 at the same road crossings at Turves. This crossing now has Speakers saying "There may be another train" for every train.
GBRf class 66730 is heading for Peterborough light engine on the 14th September 2016 at Turves, on the crosing on the March side of the small hamlet or village, that is between Whittlesea and March.
Convoy of four class 20s and a Peak heading for Peterborough on the 14th September 2016 at Turves
GBRf class 66758 is heading for Peterborough on the 14th September 2016 at Turves between Whittlesea and March.
The Benwick branch
There is still a signal box at Turves which is called Three Horse Shoes.
The signal box also worked the Three Horse Shoes junction and sidings that were here when the freight only branch to Burnt House and Benwick was still open.
The Benwick branch was used for agricultural produce from the local farms. The branch closed in 1964 as most of the traffic was going by road.The closed branch line to Benwick started from Turves near the signal box.
The Three Horse Shoes signal box
is still open (2016) and is retained as a block post. It has had all new PVC windows fitted and a new steel staircase replacing the wooden one.
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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