Sheffield to Lincoln Line

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Sheffield to Lincoln Line
Kiveton Bridge railway station.jpg
Kiveton Bridge station
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale East Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber
Termini Sheffield
Stations 12
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Northern Rail
East Midlands Trains
Rolling stock Class 142 "Pacer"
Class 144 "Pacer"
Class 153 "Sprinter"
No. of tracks Two
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Sheffield to Lincoln Line
Stocksbridge Line
Sheffield Supertram (Sheffield)
Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
Kiveton Bridge
Kiveton Park
South Yorkshire
Joint Railway
Robin Hood Line
Retford stations
East Coast Main Line
Cottam power stations
Doncaster–Lincoln Line
Lea Road
Gainsborough Central
Kirton Lindsey
Lincoln Central
to Scunthorpe
and Doncaster
to Barton on Humber
Grimsby Town

The Sheffield to Lincoln Line is a railway line in England. It runs from Sheffield east to Lincoln via Worksop, Retford and Gainsborough Lea Road. The route comprises the main line of the former Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, to Gainsborough, Trent Junction, where it then follows the former Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Line to Lincoln Central. The former main line continues from Trent Junction to Wrawby Junction, Barnetby, much of it now single line, where it then runs to Cleethorpes. This is currently served by six trains (three each way) on Saturdays only.[1]

The cities, towns and villages served by the route are listed below.


Former MS&LR (later GCR) main line to Grimsby[edit]

Services on the line are provided by Northern Rail and often continue through Sheffield to the Sheffield to Hull Line or to the Penistone Line.

Types of train[edit]

The line is operated by Northern Rail, who mainly utilise Class 142 and Class 144 sets (though Class 153 single railcars can also appear[2]). From Gainsborough Trent Junction (where the line from Doncaster joins) eastwards to Lincoln, class 153 and Class 156 units operated by East Midlands Trains share the route. The Brigg route is also used by freight traffic between Immingham docks and the power stations at West Burton, Cottam (after reversing in Worksop sidings) and West Yorkshire & the East Midlands.


  1. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 32, Sheffield to Lincoln 19 May - 7 December 2013 Northern Rail website; Retrieved 5 September 2013
  2. ^ Railscot - Photographs of Lincoln; Retrieved 5 September 2013