Northbound Fly Ash (1988)

A northbound fly ash train departing Peterborough Station in 1988 and hauled by Stratford based BR Class 47 #47328 which was withdrawn from service and cut up in 2005.

Steam Under Crescent Bridge

A busy scene under Crescent Bridge as Gresley A3 #60112 “St Simon” approaches alongside a waiting southbound departure while a lovely collection of vintage coaching stock is being hauled towards Peterborough East on the far right.

“St Simon” was a New England based locomotive which worked the mainline through to its withdrawal on Boxing Day 1964.

Westwood Derailment (1955)

A spectacular derailment in September 1955 on the New England side of Westwood Bridge. Amazingly, the derailment only resulted in injuries rather than fatalities.

Reg Johnson, a BR Fireman at the time recalls, “I was firing a goods train from Melton Mowbray to Peterborough East and we passed by the crash within minutes after it happened on the line to the far left of this picture. The engine in question was the only one of its kind running on British Rail, designated as a “W-1” class No 60700 that had been streamlined in 1937 with a wheel displacement of 4-6-4 and more commonly known as the “Hush Hush” although it was never named and not of the Mallard Type A-4 streaks. As far as I can recall the only casualty of this crash was the signal box boy who was watching it come towards him”.

Spital Engine Sheds (1958)

A view of the Spital locomotive sheds captured in 1958.

Peterborough East Engine Shed

A superb line-up outside the Engine Shed at Peterborough East station with the rear of the Cadge & Coleman riverside mill in the background ….. date unknown.

M&GNR Rail Crash (1922)

At 9:45am on Monday 14th August 1922, a runaway Midland and Great Northern Railway locomotive smashed into a brake van standing at the buffers and powered it and its own tender through the lineside house of railway controller Ernest Cole and family, coming to rest in the kitchen.

Ernest’s invalid wife was asleep in the room above the kitchen – see upper right in lower image. She crashed through the floor and landed in the debris below but escaped with cuts and bruises and, not surprisingly, suffering from shock.

Ernest’s ten year old daughter escaped unhurt, as did his 75 year old mother in law who was found pinned in the pantry and in severe shock. Cole himself had just left the bedroom when the crash occurred.

The engine driver and fireman had jumped from the engine just before impact and escaped unhurt.

The location in the images is just south of Crescent Bridge which you can see far right in the top image.

Coal Train from Spital Bridge (1958)

A coal train hauled south through a 1958 Peterborough smog by an ex-war Austerity engine ….. viewed from Spital Bridge.

Whitsed’s Light Infantry at Peterborough North

The caption on this excellent Great War postcard reads “Whitsed’s Light Infantry – Leaving For The Front” and shows volunteers awaiting departure from Peterborough North in September 1914.

Whitsed was local councillor Isaac Whitsed who was instrumental in pulling together young recruits from major city employers of the time including Werner Pfeiderer (later Baker Perkins) and Perkins Westwood Works.

The Whitsed’s went on to form part of the Northamptonshire Regiment’s  7th Batallion who, after training in the south of the country, landed at Boulogne in September 1915 where they made up part of the 73rd Brigade, 24th Division who went on to see action at Battles of Loos, Hooge, Guillemont, Vimy Ridge, Messines, Battlewood, Pilkem Ridge, Cambrai and Mabeuge.


Troop Train at Peterborough North (1914)

A wonderfully poignant image captured at Peterborough North station on 12th September 1914. Crowds on Crescent Bridge and families waving white hankies at loved ones from the platform as young recruits head off to fight in the Great War.

Peterborough Station – Platform 6 (1970s)

A random but atmospheric shot of Peterborough Station in the early 1970s as a Class 47 waits to haul an eastbound train out of what appears to be the old platform 6.