Sleaford railway station
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Sleaford is the last remaining market town in Lincolnshire to be served by both north-south and east-west lines.
As of December 2012 there is an approximately hourly service each weekday to Nottingham via Grantham and to Skegness. A limited service operates on Sundays with additional trains during the summer months.
There is also an hourly service on the Peterborough to Lincoln Line northwards to Lincoln and southwards to Spalding and Peterborough - the Peterborough service does not run in the evenings . There is no Sunday service on this line.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|East Midlands Trains|
|East Midlands Trains
Line and station open
|Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway||
Line open, station closed
|Terminus||Great Northern Railway||
Line and station closed
Line and station closed
|Great Northern Railway||Terminus|
The first railway in Sleaford was the Boston, Sleaford and Midland Counties Railway which opened from Barkston Junction, north of Grantham on the Great Northern Railway main line on 16 June 1857 and on to Boston on 13 April 1859. This railway became part of the GNR in 1864.
Finally the line to RAF Cranwell, then known as 'Royal Naval Air Service, Training Establishment, Cranwell', opened in 1917. This single track branch apparently ran at a loss: in response to a Parliamentary Question, it was revealed that, even allowing for a credit in respect of the c.15,000 tons of Government stores that were transported along it during 1924, the line still made a loss of some £3,570. Having ceased to carry passenger traffic in 1927, it closed completely in 1956. As of May 2012[update], the original bridge over the River Slea remains in agricultural use, with that part of the track's route (leading from the bridge to Drove Lane) commemorated on an information board. The former Cranwell station building also remains in use, as a guardhouse.
The Grantham to Boston and Spalding to Lincoln lines remain open, as does the north to south link line bypassing the station. This has recently been refurbished by Network Rail and returned to full operation after several years of disuse (as part of the plan to route more freight trains onto the latter & away from the busy East Coast Main Line).
Sleaford is still one of only a few places still to have signal boxes named 'North','South','West' & 'East' around the area. With the North and South boxes on the Peterborough to Lincoln line, and then the West and East boxes are at each end of the station on the Grantham to Boston line. So if travelling from Lincoln to Peterborough on the train you would pass all four boxes. The North & South boxes are however due to be decommissioned as part of the upgrade work mentioned above at the end of 2013.
Sample train timetable for July 1922
The table below shows the train departures from Sleaford on weekdays in July 1922.
|Departure||Going to||Calling at||Arrival||Operator|
|07.00||Boston||Heckington, Swineshead, Hubbert's Bridge||07.32||GNR|
|08.16||Lincoln||Ruskington, Digby, Scopwick & Timberland, Blankney & Metheringham, Nocton & Dunston, Potterhanworth, Branston & Heighington||09.05||GN&GE|
|08.16||March||Helpringham, Donington Road, Gosberton, Pinckbeck, Spalding, Cowbit, Postland, French Drove, Murrow, Guyhirne||09.38||GN&GE|
|08.17||Grantham||Rauceby, Ancaster, Barkston||08.45||GNR|
|08.20||Bourne||Aswarby & Scredington, Billingborough & Horbling, Rippingale, Morton Road||09.00||GNR|
|09.50||Grantham||Rauceby, Ancaster, Honington||10.20||GNR|
|10.02||Boston||Heckington, Swineshead, Hubbert's Bridge||10.33||GNR|
|10.05||Bourne||Aswarby & Scredington, Billingborough & Horbling, Rippingale, Morton Road||10.41||GNR|
|10.48||March||Helpringham, Donington Road, Gosberton, Pinckbeck, Spalding, Cowbit, Postland, French Drove, Murrow, Guyhirne||12.12||GN&GE|
|11.01||Skegness / Mablethorpe||Boston, Firsby: Part to Skegness. Part to Willoughby, Sutton-on-Sea, Mablethorpe||12.08 / 12.20||GNR|
|11.34||Boston||Heckington, Swineshead, Hubbert's Bridge||12.07||GNR|
|11.34||Grantham||Rauceby, Ancaster, Barkston, Honington||12.05||GNR|
|11.37||Doncaster||Ruskington, Digby, Scopwick & Timberland, Blankney & Metheringham, Nocton & Dunston, Potterhanworth, Branston & Heighington, Lincoln, Saxilby, Stow Park, Lea, Gainsborough, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Misterton, Haxey & Epworth, Park Drain, Finningley||09.05||GN&GE|
|12.43||Lowestoft||Spalding, March, Shippea Hill, Brandon, Thetford, Attleborough, Wymondham, Norwich, Oulton Broad||16.10||GN&GE|
|13.48||Bourne||Aswarby & Scredington, Billingborough & Horbling, Rippingale, Morton Road||14.24||GNR|
|13.48||Grantham||Rauceby, Ancaster, Honington||14.21||GNR|
|13.49||March||Helpringham, Donington Road, Gosberton, Pinckbeck, Spalding, Cowbit, Postland, French Drove, Murrow, Guyhirne||15.23||GN&GE|
|14.00||York||Lincoln, Gainsborough, Doncaster, Selby||16.33||GN&GE|
|16.19||Boston||Heckington, Swineshead, Hubbert's Bridge||16.51||GNR|
|16.25||Bourne||Aswarby & Scredington, Billingborough & Horbling, Rippingale, Morton Road||17.00||GNR|
|16.48||Lincoln||Ruskington, Digby, Scopwick & Timberland, Blankney & Metheringham, Nocton & Dunston, Potterhanworth, Branston & Heighington||17.37||GN&GE|
|18.51||Grantham||Rauceby, Ancaster, Honington, Barkston||19.28||GNR|
|19.22||Boston||Heckington, Swineshead, Hubbert's Bridge||19.55||GNR|
|19.46||Doncaster||Blankney & Metheringham, Lincoln, Gainsborough||21.22||GN&GE|
|21.54||Doncaster||Ruskington, Digby, Blankney & Metheringham, Nocton & Dunston, Potterhanworth, Branston & Heighington, Lincoln, Saxilby, Gainsborough, Misterton||23.45||GN&GE|
- East Midlands Trains Timetable 7 - Nottingham to Skegness 9 December 2012 - 18 May 2013 www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-01-26
- A regional history of the railways of Great Britain. Volume 9. The East Midlands.
- Bourne & Sleaford railway (1365418). PastScape. English Heritage. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- "Cranwell and Sleaford Railway. HC Deb 17 June 1925 vol 185 cc494-5". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. 17 June 1925. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- "Heritage Gateway Record for RAF Cranwell - Reference Name MLI83189". Lincs To The Past. Lincoln, England: Lincolnshire Archives. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- Wright, Neil (October 2004). Lincolnshire's Industrial Heritage - A Guide (Paperback). Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology. p. 54. ISBN 978-0903582209.
- Network Rail starts renovation work on Sleaford Avoiding LineRailway Technology website news article; Retrieved 2013-07-03
- Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, July 1922
- Ordnance Survey (1891). England - Lincolnshire (Map). 1:10,560. County series. Epoch 1. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/mapsheet.aspx?compid=55127&sheetid=5000&ox=0&oy=0&zm=1&czm=10&x=629&y=374. ; Sleaford station on 1891 OS map.