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Nene Valley Railway

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Wansford Station

The Nene Valley Railway has only been operating since 1977 but the line once formed part of an important cross-country route from East Anglia to the Midlands. It was originally opened in 1845 and was closed to passengers by British Railways in 1966.

The railway transports you back to a past age. All of the working locos rolling stock have been restored to enable you to enjoy a railway journey as it used to be. For those of you who can remember steam traction (which finished in everyday service on British Railways in 1968), it will be a nostalgic trip and for others a completely new experience. There are also some diesel locomotives running - even these are around 35 years

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At Wansford, amongst the other facilities, you can see the extensive collection of British and Continental locomotives. Although running on the same gauge track Continental rolling stock differs by being both taller and wider than its British counterparts. The NVR is the only railway in the UK where this stock can, and does, run regularly alongside the more traditional British trains - a different kind of experience.

Some of the railway's historic goods wagons can be seen adjacent to both Ferry Meadows and Peterborough stations. Whilst at Ferry Meadows admire the station building - an original Great Northern Railway goods office from Fletton Yard which was moved brick by brick to become the station here.

There many country walks from and between the stations - why not walk one way and catch the train back. Both Ferry Meadows and Oration Mere give access to the extensive Country Park which has miles of footpaths - many of which are surfaced and are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is plenty of room for children to let off steam whilst other areas are quieter and allow the countryside and wildlife to be enjoyed.

General Information:

  • Disabled access to most locations

  • Most trains have adapted carriage

  • Shop and café (at Wansford station)

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  • Directions

    Free parking at Wansford Station. Turn off the A1 at the Stibbingon flyover 1 mile south of the A47 junction or 4 miles north of the A1(M). Look for the large brown "Nene Valley Railway" on both the A1 and A47.

    Nene Valley Railway Postcode for SatNav: PE8 6LR


    +44 (0)1780 784 444
    +44 (0)1780 784 404 (talking timetable)
    +44 (0)1780 784 440

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