Sheffield to Lincoln Line

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Sheffield to Lincoln Line
Kiveton Bridge railway station.jpg
Kiveton Bridge station
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale East Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber
Termini Sheffield
Stations 12
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Northern Rail
East Midlands Trains
Rolling stock Class 142 "Pacer"
Class 144 "Pacer"
Class 153 "Sprinter"
No. of tracks Two
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

Sheffield to Lincoln Line
Sheffield Supertram (Sheffield)
Stocksbridge Line
Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
Kiveton Bridge
Kiveton Park
South Yorkshire
Joint Railway
Robin Hood Line
East Coast Main Line
power stations
Doncaster–Lincoln Line
Lea Road
Gainsborough Central
Stow Park
Kirton Lindsey
Lincoln Central
Market Rasen
to Scunthorpe
and Doncaster
Barton Line
to Barton on Humber
Great Coates
Grimsby Town
Grimsby Docks
New Clee

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.[1]

The cities, towns and villages served by the route are listed below.


Former MS&LR (later GCR) main line to Grimsby[edit]

Services on the line are provided by Northern Rail and often continue through Sheffield to the Sheffield to Hull Line or to the Penistone Line.

Clarborough Junction-Cottam-Sykes Junction branch[edit]

Clarborough Junction is about 3.75 miles (6.04 km) east of Retford.[2] This Sheffield and Lincolnshire Junction Railway branch had originally been proposed in 1844.[3] It opened on 7 August 1850[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] The Thrumpton box was rebuilt in 2014.[7]

The line and its stations are shown on the 1947 one inch to one mile map of the branch.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 30 June 2015, a freight train was derailed near the site of Langworth station.[8]

Types of train[edit]

The line is operated by Northern Rail, who mainly utilise Class 142 and Class 144 sets (though Class 153 single railcars can also appear[9]). 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.