Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
2000 till 2013 at Peterborough
Platform 5 in 2005
First GBRf class 66715 is going though platform 5 light engine at Petrborough station in 2005 and has the signal for the March line.
First GBRf class 66715 is named 'Valour', In The Memory Of All Railway Employees Who Gave Their Lives For Their Country. This Class 66715 is seen light engine though platform 5 at Peterborough railway station in 2005
The First name and the First logos have now being removed from the ends and the cab sides of these GBRf locomotives.
Platform 5 in 2006
Central trains class 170513 in platform 5 on the 18th of June 2006
Platform 5 in 2008
Freightliner class 66614 though platform 5 at Peterborough in June 2008
This Freightliner class 66614 is on a down freight and is using platform 5. Passenger and freight can run both ways though all platforms bar platform 1, which was a bay platform at Peterborough station at this time. (The bay platform was removed in 2014)
Freightliner had about 175 locomotives of which around 127 are class 66s. It also had about 2,300 wagons many of which were built new.
Freight often use platform 5 both ways, and sometimes crew changes take place in this platform. Feight also used platform 4.
Platform 5 in 2008
National Express East Anglia class 170205 in Platform 5 at Peterborough in June 2008
The name 'ONE' had been removed on this class 170, Turbostar diesel multiple unit . Were the word ONE was, dirt as suck to the remains of the glue. This can I hope (on this web picture) can just be made out between the drivers door and open passenger door .
There was as yet no National Express East Anglia logo on this class 170.
The class 170 Turbostars were built at Derby by Bombardier Transportation, at its Litchurch Lane Works. This is one of about 122 built that have come into service since privatization.
Platform 5 at Peterborough is used by Birmingham Norwich and Cambridge and Stansted Airport and Liverpool trains in both up and down directions. Two units can use this platform at once. This island platform with platform 5 and 4 on, was built when the fast though lines were put in at Peterborough.
West Coast class 47787 on a Neta Tours train in platform 5 on a dull and misty morning on the 29th of November 2008
Platform 5 in 2009
Class 158773 coming into platform 5 at Peterborough in 2009 on a train to Norwich.
Note the goods loops to the left were the new platforms 6 and 7 are now (2018)
Class 158770 coming into platform 5 at Peterborough station with a train from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street in 2009.
The 158s were being used by East Midland Trains on there Liverpool Lime Street service to Norwich. These units had yet to be repainted in there EMT new colours.
Class 158812 in platform 5 at Peterborough station with a train from Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich.
All three of these class 158s were with First Transpennine before the musical chairs with the rolling stock, when Central trains ended its franchise and East Midlands trains took over, the Midland Mainline services from London St Pancras, together with the eastern section of Central Trains. Also EMT runs the Liverpool to Norwich service.
An East Midlands Trains logo was been placed on the body side of these units to help passengers get some idear of who was running there train. These units also have the leftovers of the Northern Spirit and Central Trains liveries on them as well. These three units are now in the full East Midlands Trains colours after a full repaint and look very smart.
Platform 5 at Peterborough is used by Birmingham Norwich and Cambridge and Stansted Airport and Liverpool trains in both up and down directions. Two units can use this platform at once. This island platform with platform 5 and 4 on, was built when the fast though lines were put in at Peterborough. Freight can also use these platforms and sometimes crew changes are done in platform 5.
Platform 5 and 4 started being used on the 25 June 1972 ready for when the new though lines opened on the 2nd May 1973. Most ECML down trains to Leeds and Scotland use platform four
Platform 4 and 5 were and still is used by up and down Norwich Cambridge and Birmingham Nottingham and Liverpool trains.
Freight and passenger trains and light engines can also use platforms 4 both ways.
Platform Four is on the eastern edge of a island platform with Platform 5 is on the outer western edge.
The buildings on this island platform are of the style of architecture prevalent in the 1960's and 1970's bland and and insipid. But clean and just about fit for there use.
These two platforms are linked to the main station by a long foot bridge over the two fast lines. This footbridge was made longer when the new lines with platform 6 and 7 were put in,in 2014.
There is also a Post office bridge that was out of bounds in BR days, but is now used for push chairs and the yellow mobility truck that carries wheelchairs and old people over who can't use the stairs, as Peterborough station still had no lifts, right to up till 2014!.
Those sevices that use the March line were from 2014 moved to the new platforms 6 and 7 that have been built next platform 5 on the site of the goods loops. As part of a new platform layout at Peterborough station in 2014, some of the platforms numbers have also now been changed but platform 5 has kept the same number.
Platform 5 since 2014 (and platform 4) are still sometimes used by the Birmingham to Cambridge and Liverpool trains to Norwich trains, while the Ipswich to Peterborough Greater Anglia train mostly uses platform 6.
Since 2014 platforn 5 now has had a lift shared with platform 4. This has for many years been needed. Why did it take so long to get lifts put in at Peterborough station
Page updated 13/5/2020