Bourne and Sleaford Railway
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|Bourne and Sleaford Railway|
Billingborough & Horbling station in April 1961, before final closure
|Locale||East Midlands, England|
|Operator(s)||Great Northern Railway|
|Line length||18 mi (29 km)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Bourne to Sleaford branch|
The Bourne and Sleaford Railway was an 18-mile-long (29 km) Great Northern Railway built single-track branch railway line that ran between Bourne, on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway main line between the Midlands and the Norfolk Coast, to Sleaford, on the Peterborough to Lincoln Line via four intermediate stations: Morton Road, Rippingale, Billingboro and Horbling, and Aswarby and Scredington.
The line was first proposed by the Great Eastern Railway as part of their plan to create a line from Cambridge to York. This plan failed to obtain parliamentary authorisation and was eventually built by the Great Northern Railway, opening in 1872. Although operated by the same company, the line was run separately from the Essendine line, and had its own goods yard. The line closed to passengers in 1930, although the section from Bourne to Billingborough remained open for goods until 1964.