Great Northern Lamp

Just a couple of images of a Great Northern Railway Company lamp from New England I photographed a few years ago.

Not the greatest of images but they do show the lamp and also it’s identification plate.

© Robert Maskill
© Robert Maskill

Does the river flood very often?

One question that I have often been asked over the years, especially when it was raining was does the river flood very often?

The answer is yes it does on a regular basis and depending on the amount of rain the level of the river can change dramatically.

This year Nene Park was quoted as saying that it’s one of the worst winters yet for flooding.

Here are three pictures taken a few years ago at Orton Mere showing how the river can overflow and how close it can get to the station.

The lock at Orton Staunch © Patrick Knight
© Patrick Knight
© Patrick Knight

The above show the waters flooding immediately behind platform 2.

As a visitor said to me a few years ago. It makes a change from photographing trains.

Jason’s NVR Photo Guide.

Part Three – Overton to Peterborough Nene Valley.

In this final third chapter I will be showing you the popular spots to watch trains between Overton and Peterborough Nene Valley having covered Yarwell to Overton in Chapters 1 & 2. With a public footpath practically paralleling the whole railway all the way from Wansford to Peterborough there are plenty of good public places to view the railway from. 

We start this chapter at the yacht club crossing just to east of Overton station situated on a curve it is a popular spot to see trains while out walking in the Ferry Meadows country park.

71000 Duke of Gloucester heads away from Ferry Meadows station as it was then called heading for Peterborough October 2011.

© Jason Isaac

3F 47406 heads for Wansford October 2018

© Jason Isaac

Orton Mere foot crossing and station are popular spots to watch trains especially on Gala days when the passing loop at the station is being used.

Prototype High Speed Train Class 41 on the trailing end of a class 56 as it heads for Wansford April 2016.

© Jason Isaac

Double header combination Coal Tank 1054 & Pannier Tank 1501 exchange staff with the signalman as they depart Orton Mere for Wansford during the 2015 Steam Gala.

© Jason Isaac

Deltic 55022 Royal Scots Grey passes 46100 Royal Scot which had just come off the main line.

© Jason Isaac

73050 City of Peterborough arrives at Orton Mere in snowy conditions February 2012. 

Class D306 Class 40 Atlantic Conveyor departs Orton Mere for Wansford during spring the 2010 Spring Diesel Gala.

© Jason Isaac

Old friends reunite former Somerset & Dorset locos resident Standard 5 73050 City of Peterborough passes visiting 9F 92212 at Orton Mere station during the Steam Gala 2014. 

© Jason Isaac

Longville Junction along with Castor Bank one the two most popular spots on the railway to see trains going past its here where the fletton loop diverges off. Even though the 2 tracks are actually 2 single lines Longville Junction has got that main line look about it with double track.

D1062 Western Courier passes Longville Junction during the 2010 Autumn Diesel Gala, note how different the crossing use to look like before it was remodelled.

© Jason Isaac

4464 Bittern passes Longville Junction with train for Peterborough during the 2012 Steam Gala.

© Jason Isaac

Class 31452 passes by with a train for Peterborough during the 2016 Spring Diesel Gala.

© Jason Isaac

Austreity 75008 Swiftsure passes Longville with a Santa Special for Peterborough November 2016.

© Jason Isaac

60009 Union of South Africa opens up for a run past the junction during a photo charter September 2017.

© Jason Isaac

One last good spot before we reach Peterborough the foot crossing at Wharf Road is always is good spot to see trains departing Peterborough especially if you are filming.

Large Prairie 4141 departs Peterborough for Wansford March 2013.

© Jason Isaac

Lastly we reach the end of the line at Peterborough Nene Valley station.

4936 Kinlet Hall runs round at Peterborough during the 2011 Steam Gala.

© Jason Isaac

A4 4464 Bittern is uncoupled at Peterborough during the 2012 Steam Gala. 

© Jason Isaac

Well that’s end of the three parts off photographing along the NVR I hope you have enjoyed reading them.

Putting a label on things

Here are two labels from my collection of photographed items.

Whilst not connected directly with the NVR they do show that Peterborough was an important staging post for goods by rail through the area and across the country.

Now the one above is for fish from Mallaig in Scotland to Lowestoft on the East coast.
I would guess some will be thinking why send fish from Scotland to a port on the East Anglian coast?

Well as far as I can find out they used to follow the herring around the coast and it was sent to Lowestoft for processing, should you know differently please drop me an email.

This image above again shows fish from the West coast of Scotland to the East coast of England. But in this case to Gt Yarmouth.

Judging by the date on the top left of the second image these are from the 1930’s

Should you have any more you can add to what I have written above reference the transportion of the fish from one port to another then I would love to hear from you.
Contact details are in the right hand column.

A few more tickets

Previous posts showing old tickets have been popular with some site visitors asking if we have any more.

So here are a few more old tickets. I hope you enjoy them.

Wansford to Penrith
Castor to Northampton for a bicycle
Castor to Northampton 3rd class
Peterborough East to Wansford
Uppingham to Peterborough via Wansford.
Peterborough North Platform Ticket

Old Railway Maps.

There is a lot to be learnt from old railway maps.

Take this one for example:-

Right click on image and save to computer to view a bigger version

If you look at this map you will be able to follow the line from Wansford to Peterborough and beyond.

The keen ones will notice the line from just outside Wansford to Stamford. Also you will notice this map predates the Fletton Loop.

It’s interesting to use something like Google Earth to follow the old lines that whilst on this map don’t exist anymore, the Stamford one being a good example.

Have a try and look at what you can see from current on line maps of what still survives.

Miniature Railway – Prize Draw 2021

Kick start our Locomotive Shed appeal with a once in a lifetime, Railwayman for a day prize draw. We need to raise over £4000 to wooden clad our metal container to protect and secure it and create a traditional looking Locomotive shed. 

The winner will spend a day on the NVR

Take breakfast with our Steam Locomotive Crew and see the locomotive up and close in the yard. 
Guided tour of the Locomotive sheds
Tour of the Wansford Signalbox
Take to the footplate for 15 miles of steam action on our duty steam locomotive 
Tour of the miniature railway 
Finish the day off with a full round trip in the carriages 
Souvenir Certificate to remember your day. 

To enter our prize draw make a contribution of £10 or more via the prize draw button below, you can enter as many times as you like. and or add further donations, Draw will take place on 31st March 2021. The winner will be contacted and a date arranged subject to Covid conditions, the winner must be 18 years of age or over.

To enter the Prize Draw click on the Prize Draw button below or make a donation via https://nvr.org.uk/product.php/205/

Well here we go again……

Today is New Years day and the start of the new year.

Many will be wondering what it will hold for the railway.

The answer is of course, nobody knows. I mean who on this day in 2020 would have been able to forecast how the year would turn out?

It was a year like no other for the railway, and the staff and working members/volunteers came through it.

Our sympathies must go to those who had to be made redundant, it was necessary to enable the railway to survive a very difficult period, they will be missed.

History will no doubt show that we owe a debt of gratitude to those on the railway both paid and volunteer who time after time went far beyond what was required or even expected to ensure that the trains we were able to run were as safe as they could be for the visitors and that the site was as safe as possible.

So please remember when things become more normal and you visit railway that your visit is only possible because of those people. The people who remained pleasant and smiling wether face to face or answering the telephone.

If you are a member of the public who travelled on either the Santas or other trains we were able to run. Thank you for your support of the railway, it is without exception appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back in better times.