Wansford railway station

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Not to be confused with Wansford Road railway station.
Wansford
Wansford Station new building.jpg
The new station building at Wansford.
Location
Place Wansford
Area Cambridgeshire
Coordinates 52°34′06″N 0°23′22″W / 52.568325°N 0.389540°W / 52.568325; -0.389540Coordinates: 52°34′06″N 0°23′22″W / 52.568325°N 0.389540°W / 52.568325; -0.389540
Grid reference TL092979
Operations
Original company Northampton and Peterborough Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
Stations on heritage railways in the United Kingdom
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Nene Valley Railway
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Wansford
Wansford Tunnel (616 yards)
Yarwell Junction
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London & North Western to Rugby

Wansford railway station is the headquarters of the Nene Valley Railway in Cambridgeshire, England. The station building was opened in 1995 and contains a ticket office, shop, cafe and toilets. The locomotive sheds are located at this station. Also at the station there is a picnic area and children's playground. The station was formerly the junction for a branch to Stamford, which separated to the north just east of the river bridge at Wansford.

Wansford station and the line immediately either side of it, including the level crossing and the river bridge appeared several times in the James Bond film Octopussy.

History[edit]

The station opened with the Northampton and Peterborough Railway from Blisworth to Peterborough in 1845. Being located on the Great North Road, it was for a few years the railhead for Grantham, Lincoln, etc., which at this time were not served by any railway lines. The branch line to Stamford opened in 1867. The route to Rugby became available when the LNWR built a line from Yarwell Junction, west of Wansford tunnel, to their existing 1850 Rugby to Stamford line at Seaton. At the same time, the Great Northern began a service from Peterborough North to Leicester Belgrave Road via Wansford, Seaton and the newly opened Great Northern and London and North Western Joint Railway in east Leicestershire. The Leicester trains were stopped as a war economy in 1916. The Stamford branch closed in 1929, having never properly recovered from the 1926 general strike. The station closed for regular passenger services on 1 July 1957 but passenger services from Peterborough continued to use the line to Northampton until 1964, and to Rugby until 1966. The Rugby line remained open for freight as far as the sand and gravel quarries at Nassington. When these stopped, the line closed but the track remained in situ, and the line was later reopened as the Nene Valley Railway heritage railway.

Station features[edit]

Barnwell station building[edit]

The waiting room on platform two is referred to as "The Barnwell Building" due to it having been moved from Barnwell station to Wansford on 5 April 1977. The building is of typical LNWR wooden construction. It was originally built in 1884 for use by members of the Royal family when visiting Barnwell Manor, home of HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Old Wansford station building[edit]

The original Wansford station, designed by J.W. Livock, is located on platform three and was built in 1844–1845 in Jacobean style for the opening of the railway. This building does not belong to the railway, though the railway is trying to acquire this building. In October 2011 it appeared on the list of the ten most threatened Victorian and Edwardian buildings, published by the Victorian Society.[1]

Signal Box at Wansford Station with level crossing in foreground

Wansford signal box[edit]

The signal box was built in 1907 by the London and North Western Railway to replace three smaller boxes. It was originally built with 60 levers and is one of the largest preserved signal boxes in its original location.

Turntable[edit]

The turntable is located behind the new station building, and was built by Ransomes & Rapier of Ipswich in 1933. Originally it was 60 feet (18 m) long and was installed at Bourne in Lincolnshire for use on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway. It continued in use there until 1959 when Bourne shed closed and the turntable was moved to Peterborough East; its last duties being to turn Travelling Post Office (TPO) coaches for use on the East Anglian TPO.

In 1977 the turntable moved to Wansford where it was extended by 7 feet (2.1 m) to make it 67 feet (20 m) in length and was commissioned in September 1978. The turntable has been in use ever since to turn the locomotives and carriages at the NVR.

Model railway[edit]

On platform 4 there is a model railway which has been put together by enthusiasts over five years, housed in a converted rail coach. This coach is a BR Mk2e FO ex 'London's Burning' coach, number W3227. The main layout, called Hammerton Junction, is mainly 00 gauge; one end is raised up and has N gauge on it. There is a small layout called Iron Sidings built on top of an ironing board.

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Yarwell Junction   Nene Valley Railway   Ferry Meadows

Summary of Services[edit]

Lines around Wansford in 1903
Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
London and North Western Railway
London and North Western Railway
Rugby to Peterborough East
Great Northern Railway
Leicester Belgrave Road to Peterborough North
Terminus Great Northern Railway
Wansford branch

Sample Train Timetable for April 1910[edit]

The table below shows the train departures from Wansford on weekdays in April 1910.[2]

Departure Going to Calling at Arrival Operator
03.54 Peterborough East Peterborough East 04.05 LNWR
06.31 Northampton Castle Elton, Oundle, Barnwell, Thorpe, Thrapston, Ringstead & Addington, Higham Ferrers & Irthlingborough, Ditchford, Wellingborough, Castle Ashby & Earls Barton, Billing, Northampton Bridge Street, Northampton Castle 08.00 LNWR
08.25 Northampton Castle Elton, Oundle, Barnwell, Thorpe, Thrapston, Ringstead & Addington, Higham Ferrers & Irthlingborough, Ditchford, Wellingborough, Castle Ashby & Earls Barton, Billing, Northampton Bridge Street, Northampton Castle 09.50 LNWR
08.29 Peterborough North Castor, Overton, Peterborough North 08.48 GNR
08.40 Peterborough East Castor, Overton, Peterborough East 09.04 LNWR
08.45 Rugby Nassington, King's Cliffe, Wakerley & Barrowden, Seaton, Rockingham, Ashley & Weston, Market Harborough, Lubenham, Theddingworth, Welford & Lutterworth, Yelverton & Stanford Park, Lilbourne, Clifton Mill, Rugby 10.34 LNWR
08.50 Stamford East Wansford Road, Ufford Bridge, Barnack, Stamford East 09.15 GNR
09.48 Leicester Belgrave Road Nassington, King's Cliffe, Wakerley & Barrowden, Seaton, Rockingham, Medbourne, Hallaton, East Norton, Tilton, Loseby, Ingersby, Thurnby & Scraptoft, Humberstone, Leicester Belgrave Road 11.22 GNR
10.19 Peterborough East Castor, Peterborough East 10.37 LNWR
10.50 Peterborough East Overton, Peterborough East 11.05 LNWR
10.52 Stamford East Wansford Road, Ufford Bridge, Barnack, Stamford East 11.15 GNR
11.09 Northampton Castle Elton, Oundle, Barnwell, Thorpe, Thrapston, Ringstead & Addington, Higham Ferrers & Irthlingborough, Ditchford, Wellingborough, Castle Ashby & Earls Barton, Billing, Northampton Bridge Street, Northampton Castle 12.35 LNWR
11.42 Rugby Nassington, King's Cliffe, Wakerley & Barrowden, Seaton, Rockingham, Ashley & Weston, Market Harborough, Lubenham, Theddingworth, Welford & Lutterworth, Yelverton & Stanford Park, Lilbourne, Clifton Mill, Rugby 13.30 LNWR
11.47 Peterborough North Castor, Overton, Peterborough North 12.06 GNR
11.55 Stamford East Wansford Road, Ufford Bridge, Barnack, Stamford East 12.20 GNR
12.28 Peterborough East Peterborough East 12.40 LNWR
13.05
Fri only
Stamford East Wansford Road, Ufford Bridge, Barnack, Stamford East 13.28 GNR
13.52 Peterborough East Castor, Overton, Peterborough East 14.12 LNWR
14.14 Northampton Castle Elton, Oundle, Barnwell, Thorpe, Thrapston, Ringstead & Addington, Higham Ferrers & Irthlingborough, Ditchford, Wellingborough, Castle Ashby & Earls Barton, Billing, Northampton Bridge Street, Northampton Castle 15.40 LNWR
14.37 Leicester Belgrave Road Nassington, King's Cliffe, Wakerley & Barrowden, Seaton, Rockingham, Medbourne, Hallaton, East Norton, Tilton, Loseby, Ingersby, Thurnby & Scraptoft, Humberstone, Leicester Belgrave Road 16.10 GNR
14.37 Stamford East Wansford Road, Ufford Bridge, Barnack, Stamford East 15.02 GNR
14.49 Peterborough East Overton, Peterborough East 15.05 LNWR
15.56 Stamford East Wansford Road, Ufford Bridge, Barnack, Stamford East 16.21 GNR
16.02 Northampton Castle Elton, Oundle, Barnwell, Thorpe, Thrapston, Ringstead & Addington, Higham Ferrers & Irthlingborough, Ditchford, Wellingborough, Castle Ashby & Earls Barton, Billing, Northampton Bridge Street, Northampton Castle 17.38 LNWR
16.16 Peterborough East Castor, Overton, Peterborough East 16.33 LNWR
16.37 Rugby Nassington, King's Cliffe, Wakerley & Barrowden, Seaton, Rockingham, Ashley & Weston, Market Harborough, Lubenham, Theddingworth, Welford & Lutterworth, Yelverton & Stanford Park, Lilbourne, Clifton Mill, Rugby 18.23 LNWR
17.30 Peterborough North Castor, Peterborough North 17.46 GNR
18.37 Northampton Castle Elton, Oundle, Barnwell, Thorpe, Thrapston, Ringstead & Addington, Higham Ferrers & Irthlingborough, Ditchford, Wellingborough, Castle Ashby & Earls Barton, Billing, Northampton Bridge Street, Northampton Castle 20.05 LNWR
18.40 Stamford East Wansford Road, Ufford Bridge, Barnack, Stamford East 19.03 GNR
19.37 Peterborough East Castor, Overton, Peterborough East 19.58 LNWR
19.42 Leicester Belgrave Road Nassington, King's Cliffe, Wakerley & Barrowden, Seaton, Rockingham, Medbourne, Hallaton, East Norton, Tilton, Loseby, Ingersby, Thurnby & Scraptoft, Humberstone, Leicester Belgrave Road 21.11 GNR
19.55 Stamford East Wansford Road, Ufford Bridge, Barnack, Stamford East 20.20 GNR
20.11 Rugby Seaton, Market Harborough, Welford & Lutterworth, Rugby 21.32 LNWR
22.01 Peterborough East Peterborough East 22.15 LNWR
22.35 Peterborough East Peterborough East 22.48 LNWR

Use in film and television[edit]

The old station building appeared in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, in which Bond (played by Roger Moore) drove a Mercedes-Benz car along the railway tracks after its tyres were punctured in pursuit of a train on which the villainous Kamal Khan (Louis Jordan) was transporting a bomb. This scene was scripted as being in East Germany.[3]

A station identified by a sign as Wansford appears in the music video for the 1991 single 'The Air that You Breathe' by UK band, Bomb the Bass.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.victoriansociety.org.uk/news/we-reveal-the-countrys-ten-most-endangered-victorian-buildings/
  2. ^ Bradshaw's General Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, April 1910
  3. ^ "Filming locations for Octopussy". Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfZjr_hUGLk at 3m:30s, retrieved 21 November 2010

External links[edit]

Media related to Wansford railway station at Wikimedia Commons