Jason’s Photo of the Month September 2021

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I would like to dedicate this photo to former NVR driver and Steam inspector Peter Richardson who sadly passed away last month. A4 60009 Union of South Africa opens up at Longueville Junction during a photo charter in September 2017 with Peter Richardson at the controls. 

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Jason’s Picture of the month.

This is the first in a regular series of images from Jason Isaac who did the three part article on photographing along the line.

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71000 Duke of Gloucester stands alongside Standard 5 73050 City of Peterborough at Wansford during the 2011 Steam Gala.

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.

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3F 47406 heads for Wansford October 2018

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

The Santa Specials 6th December 2020.

Some pics from this morning nice trip out to get some photos of the morning frost. enjoy

Before First Train. © Jason Isaac
The Polish Tank Engine Heading Towards Peterborough. © Jason Isaac
Smoke & Steam © Jason Isaac.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Jason’s NVR Photo Guide.

Part Two – Wansford to Overton

In these chapters I will be showing you all the best and popular spots to see trains passing from public spots from a collection of photos spanning 10 years taken in all four seasons. In this chapter we cover the stretch between Wansford and Overton having covered Yarwell to Wansford in Part one. With a public footpath practically paralleling the railway all the way to Peterborough there are plenty of good public places to view the railway from some of which are the most popular on the line. 

On leaving Wansford the footpath and line run parallel on an embankment for about a quarter of mile giving a good close up of view of trains arriving and departing Wansford. 

Here we see Tornado departing Wansford for Peterborough August 2016 before goes onto roughly level Castor straight.

71000 Duke of Gloucester heads onto Castor Straight near Sutton Cross September 2011.

Deltic 55022 Royal Scots Grey drifts past Sutton Cross heading for Wansford August 2016.

Castor crossing site of the former Castor Station possibly my favourite spot on the line, I remember my Dad bring me to the crossing when I was 4 and seeing Union of South Africa a loco that would have a big impact on me in my love of trains. In recent years Castor crossing has become tricky for decent photos without having to go trackside due to vegetation.

One of favourite NVR photos 73050 heads for Wansford at Castor crossing in February 2012.

Visiting all the way from Bo’ness in Scotland D49 Morayshire heads for Peterborough with former New England shed employees on board February 2015.

Superpower 60009 Union of South Africa and 34081 92 Squadron head for Wansford September 2018. 

37324 heads for Wansford during 2014 Spring Diesel Gala.

Below are some photos taken from the fields between Castor Crossing and Mill Lane Bridge, some of the spots may have disappeared now behind vegetation.

71000 Duke of Gloucester and 73050 City of Peterborough head for Peterborough just to the east of Castor Crossing September 2011.

34081 92 Squadron passes Splash Dyke heading for Wansford May 2018.

With Castor church in the background 5619 approaches Castor Mill Lane bridge with a train for Peterborough February 2018.

No.22 passes under Mill Lane bridge or Castor Bridge at the top of Castor Bank February 2015.

Class 60 60074 tops the summit of Castor Bank heading for Wansford May 2014.

Possibly the most popular lineside spot on the railway Castor Bank is always a good spot to see trains especially heading westbound towards as trains accelerate away from the speed restriction at the river crossing and begin the climb up Castor Bank.

Somerset & Dorset friends reunited as former S&D locos 5MT 73050 and 4F 44422 head up the bank April 2010, on gala days you could have as many as a dozen people lined up along here photographing trains heading up the bank.

Class 14 D9520 heads down the bank heading for Peterborough with Santa Special December 2018.

Class 20 20048 heads up the bank March 2010.

Perfectly framed by Mother Nature 34081 92 Squadron heads up the bank on Remembrance Sunday 2018.

60163 Tornado crosses the Nene at Lynch river bridge with a train for PeterboroughAugust 2015.

2MT 78018 heads for Peterborough at the Lynch river bridge January 2017.

Ferry Meadows bridge between good spot especially for filming trains going east as trains accelerate up the gradient away from the speed restriction over the river Nene. 

Visiting class 45 45060 accelerates up towards Ferry Meadows with train for Peterborough October 2011.

Visiting Class 20s 20134 & 20311 head for Wansford March 2013.

Tornado departs Ferry Meadows (as it was called back then) and crosses Ham Lane crossing heading for Wansford August 2015.

Jason’s NVR Photo Guide.

Part OneYarwell to Wansford 

In the following chapters I will be showing you practically all the best and popular spots to see trains passing from public spots from a collection of photos spanning 10 years taken in all 4 seasons. We start at the west of the line at Yarwell Junction and head east to the other end at Peterborough Nene Valley. In this chapter will focus on Yarwell and Wansford.

One of my favourite spots to photograph trains the west portal of Yarwell Tunnel taken from the public viewing area which is reachable via a footpath from Yarwell station and beyond from Nassington village.

Visiting Peckett 1438 enters Yarwell Tunnel with a demonstration freight during the 2013 Autumn Gala.

Here we see visiting 56xx 5619 exiting Yarwell Tunnel July 2018.

With original station building, level crossing gates, superb signal gantry, old railway cottages and original signal box still on its original foundations plus river crossing Wansford station evokes the atmosphere from golden age of steam. Its amount of character makes a popular station for photographic charters.

A class of the loco that would of probably worked the line in steam days Ivatt 2MT 46521 adds to the atmosphere parked in front of the signal gantry with the old railway cottages to the left and signal box in the background during the 2016 Autumn Gala.

A4 60009 Union of South Africa stands in front of the original Wansford station building during a photo charter in September 2017.

N2 1744 departs Wansford with the early morning sun capturing its reflection nicely in the river during the Autumn Steam Gala 2015. 

Deltic 55022 Royal Scots Grey running as scrapped classmate 55007 Pinza crosses the Nene entering Wansford.