Bourne and Sleaford Railway

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Bourne and Sleaford Railway
Billingborough & Horbling Station 1798658 0fd34a71.jpg
Billingborough & Horbling station in April 1961, before final closure
Locale East Midlands, England
Termini Bourne
Stations 6
Opened 1872
Closed 1930 (passengers)
1964 (goods)
Operator(s) Great Northern Railway
Line length 18 mi (29 km)
Number of tracks 1
Bourne to Sleaford branch
To Grantham
To Lincoln
To Boston
To Peterborough
Aswarby and Scredington
Billingboro and Horbling
Morton Road
To Spalding
To Saxby
To Essendine

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.[1]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 1365418". PastScape. Retrieved 3 October 2015.