Sheffield to Lincoln Line
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|Sheffield to Lincoln Line|
Kiveton Bridge station
Yorkshire and the Humber
East Midlands Trains
|Rolling stock||Class 142 "Pacer"
Class 144 "Pacer"
Class 153 "Sprinter"
|Number of tracks||Two|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Sheffield to Lincoln Line is a railway line in England. It runs from Sheffield east to Lincoln via Worksop, Retford and Gainsborough Lea Road. The route comprises the main line of the former Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, to Gainsborough, Trent Junction, where it then follows the former Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Line to Lincoln Central. The former main line continues from Trent Junction to Wrawby Junction, Barnetby, much of it now single line, where it then runs to Cleethorpes. This is currently served by six trains (three each way) on Saturdays only.
The cities, towns and villages served by the route are listed below.
- Kiveton Bridge
- Kiveton Park
- connections with Worksop–Nottingham Line
- connections with ECML services at Retford
- former main line continues forward from Trent Junction, just prior to reaching Gainsborough Central to Cleethorpes.
- Gainsborough Lea Road
- connections with Doncaster–Lincoln Line
- Lincoln Central
Former MS&LR (later GCR) main line to Grimsby
- Gainsborough Central
- Kirton Lindsey
- connections with Barton on Humber–Cleethorpes Line
- Grimsby Town
Services on the line are provided by Northern Rail.
Clarborough Junction-Cottam-Sykes Junction branch
There were stations at Leverton, Cottam and Torksey. Opening of the line was delayed for four months by controversy over the safety of Torksey Viaduct. It is now a Grade II listed building, though the line closed to passengers on 2 November 1959.
In 1967 the line was reopened from Clarborough Junction to Cottam to serve Cottam power stations. On reopening, Clarborough Junction signalbox was closed and control passed to Thrumpton, and the two level crossings were converted to automatic half barriers. The Thrumpton box was rebuilt in 2014.
The line and its stations are shown on the 1947 one inch to one mile map of the branch.
Accidents and incidents
Types of train
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The line is operated by Northern Rail, who mainly utilise Class 142 and Class 144 sets (though Class 153 single railcars can also appear). From Gainsborough Trent Junction (where the line from Doncaster joins) eastwards to Lincoln, class 153 and Class 156 units operated by East Midlands Trains share the route. The Brigg route is also used by freight traffic between Immingham docks and the power stations at West Burton, Cottam (after reversing in Worksop sidings) and West Yorkshire & the East Midlands.
- Northern Rail Timetable 32, Sheffield to Lincoln 19 May - 7 December 2013 Northern Rail website; Retrieved 5 September 2013
- Railways Archive 1854 derailment report
- 1845 Gazette notice
- Nottinghamshire Archives record of Sheffield & Lincolnshire Junction Railway (Clarborough to Lincoln)
- Torksey Viaduct description, history and photo
- Modern Railways September 1966 p. 506
- Thrumpton signal box
- "Freight train derails near Lincoln". The Lincolnite. Stonebow Media Ltd. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- Railscot - Photographs of Lincoln www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 5 September 2013