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 January 2022
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Tuves on the 22nd January 2022
 
LNER Azuma 800112 at Tuves 22nd January in 2022 .
 
LNER Azuma 800112 at Tuves on Saturday the 22nd January in 2022 .
 
 LNER Azuma at Tuves with a down train on 22nd January in 2022
 
LNER Azuma at Tuves with a down train on 22nd January in 2022
 
Hull Trains Paragon 802 305 at Tuves on Saturday the 22nd January in 2022 .
 
Hull Trains Paragon 802 305 at Tuves on Saturday the 22nd January in 2022 .
 
Freightliner class 66510 at Tuves on Saturday the 22nd January in 2022
 
Freightliner class 66510 at Tuves on Saturday the 22nd January in 2022 .
 
Some of the trains on the ECML on the 22nd of January and 23rd  were being diverted  round  by March Ely and Cambridge and then back on to the ECML at Hitchin due to work on ECML between Peterborough and Huntingdon. These trains were also diverted the weekend be for.These were trains to the north and Scotland and some other trains. South from  Peterborough on the ECML they were using replacement buses. The Azumas with a back up  diesel engine like the  801's were using this between Peterborough and Ely as there are no overhead wires. There was also the normal trains and freight making the Peterborough to Ely a busy line.
 
GBRf class 66764 at Tuves on Saturday the 22nd January in 2022
 
GBRf class 66764 at Tuves on Saturday the 22nd January in 2022 .
 
LNER Azuma at Tuves with a down train on 22nd January in 2022
 
LNER Azuma at Tuves with a down train on 22nd January in 2022
 
LNER Azuma at Tuves with a down train on 22nd January in 2022
 
LNER Azuma at Tuves with a down train on 22nd January in 2022
 
Wide open fens and lack of any wires and posts and trees
and winter sun in January and not much wind what more could you hope for.
 
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 (2022) 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
 
The railway line between Peterborough and March runs from Peterborough railway station and then across the River Nene past the NVR and under the ECML,  past the site of Peterborough East station.
 
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 here.
 
The railway line heads out across the fens to March. At Turves a small hamlet or village there is a signal box called Three Horse Shoes.
 
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.
 
 
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