Littleworth railway station

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Littleworth
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Remaining buildings to the southwest of the level crossing
Location
Place Deeping St Nicholas
Area South Holland, Lincolnshire
Grid reference TF208152
Operations
Original company East Lincolnshire Railway[1]
Pre-grouping Great Northern Railway
Post-grouping LNER
Platforms 2
History
1848 Opened
11 September 1961 Closed
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Littleworth railway station is a former railway station in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, on the Peterborough to Lincoln Line. It opened in 1848 and was closed for passengers in 1961.[2]

Some of the station buildings and goods shed are still standing and are used as commercial premises.

The line is still open and is used by passenger services between Peterborough, Spalding and Lincoln Central

History[edit]

Fragments of Narrow Gauge railway and components preserved at Vine Farm

The line was built in 1848. The station was closed in 1961 but the line through the station remained open for passenger trains until 5 October 1970 and re-opened on 7 June 1971 for Peterborough-Spalding services. The intermediate stations, including Littleworth, were not re-opened.

Much of the goods traffic was agricultural produce, including potatoes, From the Dennis family farms. A Narrow gauge railway was used to bring potatoes in from the fields to a depot across the road from the goods shed. The Narrow gauge line crossed the road at Littleworth, and portions could still be seen in the 1960s.[3] The same family owned the Nocton potato railway, much of whose equipment was re-used for the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway.[4] While the line at Littleworth was the same gauge, it appears to have been horsedrawn.

Former Services
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Spalding   Great Northern Railway
Lincolnshire Loop Line
  St James Deeping

The future[edit]

Some residents of Deeping St Nicholas are keen to see the station re-open to serve the village with a commuter service to Peterborough.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ East Lincolnshire Railway (1365390). PastScape. English Heritage.
  2. ^ Littleworth Station (507038). PastScape. English Heritage.
  3. ^ Squire, Stuart E. (1987). The Lincolnshire Potato Railways. Locomotion papers; no. 163. Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-352-4. 
  4. ^ "Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway". 
  5. ^ "Majority in favour of rail station plan". 
  6. ^ "Village 'halt' station takes step forward". 

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Coordinates: 52°43′16″N 0°12′44″W / 52.7210°N 0.2123°W / 52.7210; -0.2123