This page describes Ketton station and the line serving Ketton Cement Works, and the MR and GNR stations at Stamford.

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KETTON  OPENED TO GOODS 20/3/1848, TO PASSENGERS 1/5/1848.   CLOSED TO GOODS 26/4/1965, TO PASSENGERS 6/6/1966.

 REMAINS AT SITE: SIGNAL BOX IN USE, GOODS YARD BUILDINGS, FORMER MIDLAND HOTEL. FOOTBRIDGE.  STATION BUILDINGS DEMOLISHED IN 1973.

DLY KETTON'S LOVELY STATION BUILDING WAS DEMOLISEHD IN 1973, LONG BEFORE I FIRST VISITED THE STATION, BUT ALL THE OTHER BUILDINGS REMAINED REMARKABLY INTACT. THE STATION BUILDING DRAWINGS HAVE BEEN MADE FROM PHOTOGRAPHS AND SITE MEASUREMENTS OF THE FOUNDATIONS.  THE SINGLE STORY WAITING ROOM SECTION WAS ADDED IN 1872.  THE WAITING SHELTER WAS BUILT AT THE SAME TIME; HAPPILY THE MIDLAND WERE VERY GOOD AND BLENDING IN NEW WORK WITH THE EXISTING STRUCTURE.

THE BUILDING IN THE CENTRE WAS THE MIDLAND HOTEL, WHICH AT ONE TIME HAD A GAS WORKS. A SIDING ENTERED DIRECTLY FROM THE GOODS YARD TO DELIVER COAL.

THE YARD OFFICE BUILDING DESIGN WAS USED AGAIN AT HELPSTON.


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ON THE APPROACH TO KETTON FROM LUFFENHAM WAS THIS MR LOWER QUADRANT SIGNAL, THE LAST ONE IN USE ON B.R.  I PHOTOGRAPHED IT IN 1985.

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THIS IS THE OLDEST PICTURE I HAVE FOUND OF KETTON, AND IT SHOWS HOW LITTLE THE STATION CHANGED AFTER THE 1872 ADDITIONS.

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THIS IS A VERY POOR PICTURE, BUT INTERESTING ALL THE SAME. 


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TO ME KETTON STATION WAS THE PRETTIEST ON THE WHOLE MIDLAND RAILWAY - IT CRIES OUT TO BE MODELLED, BUT THE WAGON TURNTABLES SADLY MAKE IT IMPRACTICAL FOR A LAYOUT.


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PASSENGERS LEAVING A DMU SHORTLY BEFORE THE STATION CLOSED. THE PLATFORM IS VERY NARROW.

WHEN I VISITED THE SITE IN 1985 HAPPILY THE GOODS YARD WAS PRETTY MUCH INTACT - NOT THE CASE ANY LONGER UNFORTUNATELY AS IT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY REDEVELOPED.

THE PAINTWORK ON THE GOODS SHED INDICATED THAT THE STATION HAD BEEN PAINTED IN THE LMS GREEN & STONE LIVERY IN COMMON WITH MANY STATIONS ON THE LINE.

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THIS MONTAGE OF PICTURES SHOWS THE BUILDINGS IN THE GOODS YARD SEEN OVER THE WALL FROM THE ROAD; FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, THE MIDLAND HOTEL,
THE BUILDING ASSOCIATED WITH THE HOTEL GAS WORKS INTO WHICH THE SIDING RAN, THE GOODS SHED AND FINALLY THE WALL OF THE GOODS OFFICE.
 


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THIS CLOSER VIEW SHOWS THE NEWLY BRICKED UP AREA WHERE THE SIDING RAN INTO THE BUILDING TO DELIVER COAL FOR THE GAS WORKS.

THE WORKS PROVIDED GAS FOR THE HOTEL, THE STATION, THE CHURCH, THE HALL, ST MARY'S HOUSE AND A FEW OTHER DWELLINGS. IT OPENED
IN 1860 AND CLOSED IN 1911, POSSIBLY WHEN A PIPED SUPPLY CAME TO THE VILLAGE.



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THIS IS THE ONLY PICTURE I CAN FIND OF THE HOTEL - THE BUILDING STILL EXISTS.


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THE BRANCH SERVING THE CEMENT WORKS OPENED ON 25/8/1925. IT WAS OPERATED FROM A GROUND FRAME UNTIL A SIGNAL BOX OPENED ON 24/6/1930.
THIS CLOSED ON 8/12/1963 AND A GROUND FR4AME AGAIN CONTROLLED THE JUNCTION.

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TWO OF THE CEMENT WORKS LOCOMOTIVES; THE LIVERY WAS LIGHT GREEN WITH  YELLOW AND BLACK LINIG AND YELLOW LETTERING.

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STAMFORD  OPENED  2/10/1846 TO TEMPORARY STATION EAST OF STAMFORD TUNNEL. PRESENT STATION OPENED TO GOODS 20/3/1848, TO PASSENGERS 1/5/1848.   CLOSED TO GOODS 16/5/1983.   LNWR ENGINE SHED OPENED 1881, CLOSED 20/9/1926.  JUNCTION WITH GNR LINE OPENED 1/7/1867, CLOSED 4/3/1963.

 REMAINS AT SITE;  STATION BUILDINGS (PARTLY IN USE AS RAILWAY BOOK SHOP); FOOTBRIDGE & WAITING SHELTER. SIGNAL BOX, NOT IN ORIGINAL POSITION.


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THIS PHOTO SHOWS THAT THE STATION WAS PAINTED BY THE LMS IN THE GREEN & STONE COLOUR SCHEME IN COMMON WITH
MOST ON THE LINE, AND THAT BR DID NOT REPAINT IT IN THE STANDARD CREAM & RED REGIONAL COLOURS.



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THE AUTOTRAIN TO SEATON IS PROPELLED OUT OF THE BAY PLATFORM DURING 1965.


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THE G.N.R. STATION AT STAMFORD WAS CALLED 'WATER STREET', VERY APPROPRIATELY AS THE RIVER WELLAND RAN ALONGSIDE THE STATION ON THE RIGHT. THE S&P MAIN LINE IS ON THE LEFT; WHEN THIS SECTION OPENED IT WAS TO A TEMPORARY TERMINUS ON THIS SITE WHICH SERVED THE TOWN UNTIL THE MIDDLE SECTION OF THE LINE OPENED IN 1848.

THE G.N.R. STATION WAS ONE OF THOSE PLACES WHERE TIME SEEMED TO HAVE STOPPED IN AROUND 1910; IT CLOSED ON MARCH 2nd1957 AND FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS TRAINS RAN INTO THE MIDLAND STATION. HAPPILY THE G.N.R. BUIDINGS HAVE SURVIVED, CONVERETD INTO FLATS.

THE FIRST MR SIGNAL BOX AT STAMFORD JUNCTION OPENED IN THE 1870's WHEN THE LINE WAS BLOCK SIGNALLED. A SECOND BOX OPENED ON 19/3/1882 AND THIS WAS IN TURN REPLACED ON 13/4/1913.  THIS IS THE BOX IN THE PICTURES; IT CLOSED ON 9/3/1957 WHEN THE GN STAMFORD EAST BOX TOOK OVER CONTROL OF THE WHOLE LAYOUT UNTIL IT TOO CLOSED ON 26/5/1968.


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IN THE 1980'S WATER STREET STATION STILL LOOKED PRETTY MUCH AS IT HAD WHEN IT WAS OPEN WHEN VIEWED FROM THE ROAD SIDE, BUT
SINCE THEN IT HAS BEEN INCORPERATED INTO A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND THE WALL AND IRON GATES HAVE GONE.


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