Sleaford railway station

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Sleaford National Rail
Sleaford
Location
Place Sleaford
Local authority North Kesteven, Lincolnshire
Coordinates 52°59′44″N 0°24′37″W / 52.995488°N 0.410350°W / 52.995488; -0.410350Coordinates: 52°59′44″N 0°24′37″W / 52.995488°N 0.410350°W / 52.995488; -0.410350
Grid reference TF067454
Operations
Station code SLR
Managed by East Midlands Trains
Number of platforms 3
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 312,528
2005/06 Increase 321,678
2006/07 Increase 340,026
2007/08 Decrease 316,320
2008/09 Increase 318,766
2009/10 Decrease 316,894
2010/11 Increase 323,306
2011/12 Increase 336,944
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Sleaford railway station serves the town of Sleaford in Lincolnshire, England. The station is 21.25 miles (34 km) south of Lincoln Central.

The station is now owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) Train Operating Company (TOC) who provide all rail services.

Sleaford is the last remaining market town in Lincolnshire to be served by both north-south and east-west lines.

Services[edit]

As of December 2012 there is an approximately hourly service each weekday to Nottingham via Grantham and to Skegness.[1] 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 National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
East Midlands Trains
Mondays-Saturdays only
Historical railways
Line and station open
Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Terminus Great Northern Railway
Line and station closed
Line and station closed
Great Northern Railway Terminus

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

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.[2]

This was followed by the GNR line from Bourne which opened on 2 January 1872.[3]

Next came the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway which opened from Spalding through Sleaford to Ruskington on 6 March 1882, and from there to Lincoln on 1 August of the same year.

Finally the line to RAF Cranwell, then known as 'Royal Naval Air Service, Training Establishment, Cranwell', opened in 1917.[4] 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.[5] Having ceased to carry passenger traffic in 1927,[6] it closed completely in 1956. As of May 2012, 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.[7]

Passenger services on the Bourne branch ceased on 22 September 1930, although the line remained open between Billingborough and Bourne for goods until 1964.[3]

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[8] (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[edit]

The table below shows the train departures from Sleaford on weekdays in July 1922.[9]

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
17.00 March Helpringham, Donington Road, Gosberton, Pinckbeck, Spalding, Cowbit, Postland, French Drove, Murrow, Guyhirne 18.27 GN&GE
17.55 Nottingham Victoria 18.46 GNR
18.51 Grantham Rauceby, Ancaster, Honington, Barkston 19.28 GNR
18.58 March Helpringham, Donington Road, Gosberton, Pinckbeck, Spalding, Cowbit, Postland, French Drove, Murrow, Guyhirne 20.20 GN&GE
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
22.04 Grantham 22.27 GNR
19 September 1954. A1 4-6-2 No. 60136 'Alcazar' heads Trains Illustrated Fenland Rail Tour at Sleaford

References[edit]

  1. ^ East Midlands Trains Timetable 7 - Nottingham to Skegness 9 December 2012 - 18 May 2013 www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-01-26
  2. ^ A regional history of the railways of Great Britain. Volume 9. The East Midlands.
  3. ^ a b Bourne & Sleaford railway (1365418). PastScape. English Heritage. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  4. ^ http://www.rafcaa.org.uk/cranwell.html
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Heritage Gateway Record for RAF Cranwell - Reference Name MLI83189". Lincs To The Past. Lincoln, England: Lincolnshire Archives. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Wright, Neil (October 2004). Lincolnshire's Industrial Heritage - A Guide (Paperback). Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology. p. 54. ISBN 978-0903582209. 
  8. ^ Network Rail starts renovation work on Sleaford Avoiding LineRailway Technology website news article; Retrieved 2013-07-03
  9. ^ Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, July 1922

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