Ferry Meadows railway station

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Ferry Meadows
24081 Ferry Meadows NVR.JPG
British Rail Class 24 no. 24081 prepares to depart the station with a westbound service.
Location
Place Orton Waterville
Area City of Peterborough
Grid reference TL151970
Operations
Original company London and Birmingham Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Operated by Nene Valley Railway
Platforms 1
History
2 June 1845 (1845-06-02) Opened as Overton
1 August 1913 Renamed Orton Waterville
5 October 1942 Closed for regular passenger trains
1 June 1977 Reopened
Stations on heritage railways in the United Kingdom
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Nene Valley Railway
Ely to Peterborough Line
Peterborough East
East Coast Main Line
Peterborough Nene Valley
Longville Junction
Orton Mere
Ferry Meadows
Ham Lane
Castor
Great Northern to Stamford
Old Great North Road
Wansford
Wansford Tunnel (616 yards)
Yarwell Junction
Northampton and Peterborough Railway
London & North Western to Rugby

Ferry Meadows is a station on the Nene Valley Railway between Wansford and Orton Mere. The current station has one platform, and has no car park of its own. In 2004, a new station building was added. Previously at Fletton Junction on the East Coast Main Line, the building was demolished, moved to Ferry Meadows and rebuilt brick-by-brick in its current location. In the Nene Park close by, there is a watersports centre as well as three children's play areas, three lakes and a miniature railway. The Park is open throughout the year, but most facilities such as the miniature railway and pedaloes only run from Easter to the end of October. Ferry Meadows station is on the site of the former Orton Waterville station.

Ferry Meadows appears briefly in two James Bond films, GoldenEye and Octopussy.

History[edit]

Orton Waterville railway station served the villages of Orton Waterville and Orton Longueville in Cambridgeshire. It was on the London and North Western Railway Northampton to Peterborough line. The station was originally called Overton. The station was closed to regular passenger trains in 1942 but was used by railway staff until the 1960s. The Wansford to Peterborough section closed in 1966, but has since been reopened as the Nene Valley Railway. Orton Waterville station has also been reopened and is now known as Ferry Meadows.

Night Mail[edit]

Ferry Meadows Station will be the site of the Nene Valley's Travelling Post Office (TPO) Museum. 'Night Mail', The International Story of Mail by Rail,[1] will be unique in telling the story of mail across the Continent thanks to the NVR's unique collection of Mail and European rail vehicles. The museum will house both British mail carriages, a number of road vehicles and Continental vehicles. This includes including the last surviving coach from the Great Train Robbery.

The Project is being driven by 'The Friends of M30272M' and 'The International Railway Preservation Society'.[2] Construction of an initial four coach running shed is due to start in 2013.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Wansford   Nene Valley Railway   Orton Mere
Historical railways
Castor   London and North Western Railway
Rugby to Peterborough East
  Peterborough East
Castor   Northampton and Peterborough Railway
Northampton to Peterborough East
  Peterborough East
Castor   Great Northern Railway
Leicester Belgrave Road to Peterborough North
  Peterborough North

Coordinates: 52°33′32″N 0°18′08″W / 52.5589°N 0.3023°W / 52.5589; -0.3023