This page illustrates the line from Stamford to Peterborough, including the stations at Uffington, Helspton and Walton.

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UFFINGTON  OPENED 2/10/1846  NAME CHANGED TO UFFINGTON & BARNACK 1/2/1858    CLOSED 1/9/1952 TO PASSENGERS, 17/8/1964 TO GOODS.  FIRST SIGNAL BOX OPENED IN THE 1870's; PRESENT BOX OPENED 29/6/1909.

 REMAINS AT SITE; SIGNAL BOX IN USE, GATED CROSSING, STATION BUILDING (PRIVATE HOUSE).

UFFINGTON STATION HARDLY CHANGED AT ALL FROM THE DAY IT OPENED TO THE DAY IT CLOSED, WHICH PROBABLY SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT HOW BUSY IT WAS! IT RETAINED SHORT, LOW PLATFORMS RIGHT UP TO CLOSURE. OTHER THAN LOSING SOME CHIMNEYS THE STATION BUILDING IS PRETTY MUCH AS BUILT.

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WHEN I FIRST VSITED BARNACK IN THE EARLY 1980's I ASSUMED THAT THE CROSSING GATES HAD BEEN LIKE THEY ARE NOW FOR
DECADES, BUT THE 1960's PHOTOGRAPH ABOVE SHOWS THAT ISN'T THE CASE. THE GATE ON THE LEFT LEAD INTO THE SMALL GOODS YARD.

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THIS VIEW FROM THE SIGNAL BOX SHOWS THE STATION AFTER CLOSURE BUT WITH PART OF THE PLATFORM STILL IN PLACE....IT ORIGINALLY STRETCHED AS FAR AS THE SIGNAL POST.
THE PICTURE SHOWS THE ORIGINAL CAST IRON WINDOW FRAMES VERY NICELY. THE LOW PLATFORMS WERE NEVER RAISED, REFELCTING THE MINIMAL AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC. 


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THE SIGNAL BOX RETAINED THE MIDLAND NAMEBOARD IN 1985. IT HAD JUST BEEN REPAINETD AND LOOKED VERY SMART.


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CEMENT HOPPERS HEAD EAST BEHIND A VERY GRIMY CLASS 31 IN 1983.




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BRINGING THE STORY RIGHT UP TO DATE IN 2012, ON OF THE NEW CLASS 70 LOCO'S RUNS LIGHT PAST THE BOX WHICH IS NOW
IN CREAM & RED COLOURS, BUT HAS BEEN DISFIGURED WITH A METAL STAIRCASE AND SOME REPLACEMENT WINDOWS. IT NOW
HAS TWO NAMEBOARDS!


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UFF CROSSING

THIS OCCUPATION CROSSING IS JUST TO THE EAST OF UFFINGTON STATION.


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UFFINGTON BALLAST PITS SIDING. 

FIRST SIGNAL BOX OPENED IN THE 1870's AS 'HELPSTON BALLAST SIDINGS'. NAME ALTERED TO 'UFFINGTON BALLAST SIDING' BY 1/2/1880. NEW SIGNAL BOX OPENED 14/5/1899,
CLOSED 20/9/1970.

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THE LOW LYING AREA EAST OF UFFINGTON WAS A GOOD SOURSE OF GRAVEL, USED AS BALLAST. THE PICTURE BELOW SHOES THE SITE OF THE SIDINGS IN 1984. QUARRYING CONTINUES, BUT ROAD TRANSPORT IS USED THESE DAYS

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BAINTON GATE  BETWEEN UFFINGTON & HELPSTON WAS BAINTON GATE CROSSING, WITH THIS ATTRACTIVE CROSSING KEEPER'S COTTAGE. FROM 1/11/1854 THIS OPERATED AS A STATION, BUT IT CLOSED ON 1/8/1856 THROUGH LACK OF TRAFFIC.

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HELPSTON  OPENED 2/10/1846, CLOSED 3/5/1965 TO GOODS, 6/6/1966 TO PASSENGERS.     REMAINS AT SITE: STATION HOUSE, GRAIN WAREHOUSE.


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GRAIN STORE HELPSTON


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SOUTH OF HELPSTON THE MR LINE RUNS ALONGSIDE THE FOUR TRACKS OF THE GNR EAST COAST MAIN LINE. THIS CROSSING IS ABOUT A MILE SOUTH OF HELPSTON.

THE PICTURE BELOW WAS TAKEN FROM THE FOOTBRIDGE LOOKING BACK TOWARDS HELPSTON.  THE PICTURES WERE ALL TAKEN ON A VISIT IN 1983.


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A SHORT FREIGHT TRAIN APPROACHING WALTON IN ABOUT 1960.

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THE VIEW FROM WALTON CROSSING OF A FREIGHT ON THE EAST COAST MAIN LINE BEHIN A K3 2-6-0.

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WALTON STATION OPENED WITH THE LINE ON 2/10/1846 AND WAS ONLY EVER A PASSENGER STATION; IT CLOSED ON 7/12/1953.  

ALTHOUTH WALTON WAS A SEPARATE VILLAGE IN THE 1840's IT IS VERY MUCH PART OF THE PETERBOROUGH CONURBATION NOW.

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WALTON STATION AT AROUND THE TIME THAT IT CLOSED, SHOWING CARS TRAPPED BETWEEN THE TWO LEVEL CROSSINGS....THE NEARER ONE CROSSES THE EAST COAST MAIN LINE.
GEOFF SUTTON TELLS ME THAT A FARMER WOULD TAKE HIS COWS ACROSS HERE FOR MILKING TWICE A DAY AND ON OCCASION THE HERD WOULD BE SPLIT INTO THREE IF THE CROSSING GATES CLOSED. THE COWS TOOK IT ALL IN THEIR STRIDE!
PHOTO COURTESY OF GEOFF SUTTON

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WALTON STATION AFTER CLOSURE AND WITH THE LEFT HAND PLATFORM REMOVED, BUT SHOWING THE ORIGINAL LOW PLATFORM STILL IN PLACE ON THE RIGHT. 


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WALTON CROSSING IN ABOUT 1967 SHOWING BOTH SIGNAL BOXES; GWR 4-6-0 CLUN CASTLE IS PASSING ON A SPECIAL TRAIN SHORTLY AFTER BEING PRESERVED AND RESTORED. THE BARRIERS REPLACED THE CROSSING GATES IN 1964. 
WALTON MR SIGNAL BOX OPENED IN 1904, WAS DOWNGRADED TO A CROSSING BOX IN 1971 AND CLOSED IN 1976.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GEOFF SUTTON

THIS SIGNAL BOX IS ON THE GNR SIDE ADJACENT TO THE LEVEL CROSSING.

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GNR SIGNAL BOX WALTON



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AN 8F RUNS SOUTH TOWARDS WALTON STATION IN ABOUT 1955 WITH NEW HOUSING ALREADY BEING BUILT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LINE; NOW THE AREA IS PART OF GREATER PETERBOROUGH

PHOTO BY GEOFF SUTTON.

WALTON CLASS 31

A CALSS 31 ON A NORWICH TO BIRMINGHAM TRAIN APPROACHING THE SITE OF WALTON STATION IN THE 1980's, SHOWING THE REPLACEMENT CROSSING BOX.

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WALTON CROSSING WITH A CLASS 25 ON A BALLAST TRAIN IN THE 1980'S.


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IT IS NOT MY INTENTION TO CONTINUE THE STORY OF THE LINE INTO PETERBOROUGH; THESE MAPS SHOW THE
ARRANGEMENT OF THE VARIOUS LINES, AND THE BIBLIOGRAPHY LISTS SOME BOOKS THAT EXPLAIN IN DETAIL HOW THE
RAILWAY SYSTEM IN THE CITY DEVELOPED.



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