Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
This page is on Peterborough railways in in the years 2000 to 2013
The Peterborough Depot was transferred to EWS on privatisation.
This small diesel depot is next to and under Spittle road bridge is just to the north of Peterborough railway station. It had replaced the very large New England MPD when that closed, after the end of steam at Peterborough. The class 08s and DMUs and class 31s used around Peterborough had been all been transferred away to the March MPD at Whitemoor.
To save these and engines having to go to all the way to March for fuel and minor jobs a very small sub shed and refuelling point was built near to Spittle bridge just to the north east of the station. This Depot was used for stabling and the day to day maintaining of these locomotives. It also did every day minor repairs.
When March MPD closed this depot took over the few EWS engines from March. GBRf having its own Depot at New England in Peterborough.
Class 47226 Manchester Airport Progress in 2002
This class 47 was scapped in 2007
EWS 47785 Fiona Castle was parked next to 47226 Manchester Airport Progress.
This class 47 number 47785 Fiona Castle in 2010 was privately owned and is at the Stainmore Railway at kirby Stephen.
The two class 47s above were in the small diesel depot next to the station at Peterborough which was transferred to EWS on privatisation.
There was a very good selection of locomotives here in the early years of the 2000's but it was soon realised that there were far two many engines on this small shed and EWS started to thin them out. New class 66s were being bult in large numbers and the older class 47s 56s and 37s were not now required.
Class 47s at Peterborough Depot
Class 47756 Royal Mail Tynside at Peterborough in 2003
This class 47 was scrapped in 2006. While it had the number 47644 it was named The Permanent Way Institution.
The movement of mail by train was once common to all railway stations with mail carried on normal passenger trains, and trains just for mail and or parcel trains some with TPO equipment. Some 47s were painted towards the end of BR in Royal Mail colours of red and black. Then all mail was transferred to road and air. Only now is a little mail returning to rail on the WCML
EWS Class 47778 Duke of Edinburgh's Award
This class 47 47778 was in EWS colours at the Peterborough Depot. This class 47 was scrapped in 2006. it also had the names Odin and Irresistlble be for being named Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Class 47 732 Restormel in 2004 at the small EWS diesel depot next to and under Spittle road bridge just to the north of Peterborough railway station in 2004 .
This class 47 entered BR service in 1968 with the number D419. It was renumbered class 47167 and was named County of Essex in 1979. It then had the number 47580. Then with another number as 47732 it was renamed Restormel. (Which is an administrative area of Cornwall). As 47732 it was withdrawn by EWS and put in store. It is now owned by the Stratford 47 Group and is main line certified and is based at the the MNR with the number 47580.
Page updated 13/5/2020