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BARROW HILL ROUNDHOUSE - preservation

http://www.barrowhill.org.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrow_Hill_Engine_Shed

 

BATTLEFIELD STEAM RAILWAY - preservation

http://www.battlefield-line-railway.co.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlefield_Line_Railway

 

BRUSH TRACTION - locomotive works

To view Brush’s Falcon works yard, leave Loughborough station yard then turn right into Burder Street continuing till reaching a cross roads. Turn right here along Meadow Lane passing over the railway, continue past the car park, at the end turn right into the field, a path leads up to the works fence. Allow about 40 minutes altogether to get there and back to the station.

http://www.brushtraction.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brush_Traction

 

CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE - preservation

http://www.tramway.co.uk

CROSSCOUNTRY - train operating company

http://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrossCountry

 

Class 220 Voyager arriving at Derby.  20th June 2008. Maurice Topley

 

DERBY - station
Although architecturally less interesting than Nottingham there is more variety of motive power here. East Midlands Trains HSTs and Meridians cover the services on the Yorkshire to St Pancras route and Cross-Country HSTs, Voyagers and Turbostars the North-East to South-West services. Freight services are hauled by members of classes 59/2, 60 and 66. The best view of the north end of the station area can be obtained from the Pride Parkway road over bridge which crosses the throat of the lines.

The Victorian station buildings erected by the Midland Railway were demolished in the 1985 and replaced by a modern building, whilst the 1950s canopies were retained. Unfortunately concrete cancer has affected them and temporary steel supports were erected to make them safe three years ago. At the moment these are in the process of being replaced by the standard Network Rail steel canopies as seen at Crewe and Rugby. The contractors have just completed the north end of platform 1 and are in the process of completing the north ends of platforms 2, 3, 4 and 6.
East Midlands Trains HSTs and Meridians cover the services on the Yorkshire to St Pancras route and Cross Country HSTs, Voyagers and Turbostars cover the northeast - southwest services. Freight services are hauled by members of classes 59/2, 60 and 66. The best view of the north end of the station area can be obtained from the Pride Parkway road over bridge which crosses the throat of the lines.

For those interested in departmental stock there is usually plenty to be viewed at the Serco Railtest Research Centre. The best view of stock on the centre’s sidings is obtained from the train approaching Derby from the east but can also be viewed by walking from the station up Midland Road, turning left at the traffic lights into London Road and proceeding 1/4 mile up onto the bridge over the Birmingham line. Also to be seen is Etches Park depot which is currently being rebuilt, binoculars recommended. On the opposite side of London Road is the Bombardier works. The test track can be glimpsed through the car park gates. Turn right down Litchurch Lane, where coaches and new build stock can be viewed at the main entrance to the works. It is pointless carrying on any further as the footbridge which used to provide a grandstand view of the south end of the works complex has now been closed.
 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derby_station

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_Technical_Centre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derby_Carriage_and_Wagon_Works

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/7101947.stm

http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk and enter ‘Bombardier’ in search for latest news from carriage works  

DRS 66 709 (Medite livery) towing single Freightliner hopper at Derby.  20th June 2008. Maurice Topley

 

EAST COAST - main line

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Coast_Main_Line

 

EAST MIDLANDS MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION – model railway

http://www.nottingham-modelrailway.org.uk/

 

EAST MIDLANDS PARKWAY - station
After many years of planning, the station is now open.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Midlands_Parkway_railway_station

 

East Midlands Parkway Station.  The cooling towers of Ratcliffe Power Station dominate the local area.
  
East Midlands Parkway Station. The cooling towers of Ratcliffe Power Station dominate the local area.. Maurice Topley  
  
East Midlands Trains Meridian 222023 heads a London bound train
  East Midlands Trains Meridian 222023 heads a London bound train. Maurice Topley

 

EAST MIDLANDS PASSENGER TRANSPORT USERS FORUM – campaign group

http://www.emptuf.org.uk

EAST MIDLANDS TRAINS - train operating company

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Midlands_Trains

http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/EMTrains

 

ECCLESBOURNE VALLEY RAILWAY - preservation

http://www.e-v-r.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecclesbourne_Valley_Railway

 

GAINSBOROUGH MODEL RAILWAY CLUB – model railway

http://www.gainsmodelrailway.ik.com

 

GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY - preservation

http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loughborough_Central_railway_station

 

LEICESTER - station
Like Loughborough is ideal for the full East Midlands Trains service of HSTs, Meridians and DMUs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester_railway_station

 

LINCOLN - station
A £55m rail upgrade to ease congestion caused by the town’s railway level crossings is currently taking place including new track and state-of-the-art signalling. The work will increase the present line speed from 10mph to 25mph and decrease the time the level crossings are closed at present.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Central_railway_station

 

OLD DALBY - test track
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Dalby

http://www.nottm-melton-railway.co.uk

http://www.old-dalby.com

 

 

LOUGHBOROUGH - station
This station being South of Trent Junction sees both the East Midlands Trains services from Nottingham and via Derby passing through along with various East Midlands Trains DMU services. There is a limited amount of freight workings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loughborough_railway_station

 

MIDLAND - main line

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midland_Main_Line

 

MIDLAND RAILWAY CENTRE – preservation

http://www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk

NATIONAL EXPRESS EAST COAST - train operating company

http://www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Express_East_Coast

 

NEWARK NORTH GATE - station
A package of improvements has recently been made at North Gate Station including a new customer information point, new toilets and CCTV cameras. The information point provides passengers with a focal point for updated train running and timetable details. Proposed improvements include installation of lifts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_North_Gate_railway_station

 

NEWARK CASTLE station

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Castle_railway_station

 

NORTH MIDLANDS RAIL FUTURE – campaign group

www.rdsnm.btinternet.co.uk

NOTTINGHAM - station

Nottingham is a fine example of a large and relatively unspoilt Midland Railway station. All of its six platforms are intensively used around the clock, as the station is used to stable a large number of trains overnight. East Midlands Trains run an hourly HST limited stop and an hourly Meridian semi-fast service to St Pancras. Their extensive East Midlands network is centred on Nottingham where they have a depot and stabling sidings to the East of the station. This is visible from the London Road bridge over the railway, as is the architecturally interesting former London Road Low Level station. Although Toton is nearby, there is less freight than you might expect. Classes normally to be seen at Nottingham are 43, 150, 153, 156, 158,  170 & 222. There are currently ambitious plans for the upgrading of the station.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottingham_railway_station

http://www.thebigwheel.org.uk/thehub

 

NOTTINGHAM EXPRESS TRANSIT - tram operator

http://www.thetram.net

http://www.bacit.org                                 Beeston/Chilwell NET line pro tram group
http://yestothetram.tripod.com        Clifton/Wilford NET line pro tram group

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottingham_Express_Transit

 

NOTTINGHAM INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE ASSOCIATION - preservation

http://www.niha10.btinternet.co.uk

 

NOTTINGHAM TRANSPORT HERITAGE CENTRE – preservation

http://www.nthc.co.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nottingham_Transport_Heritage_Centre

 

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER TRANSPORT – campaign group

e-mail: notts.bettertransport@ntlworld.com

 

PEAK RAIL - preservation

http://www.peakrail.co.uk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_Rail

ROBIN HOOD LINE – local rail line
One of the features of the Nottingham area is the ‘Robin Hood Line’ which connects Nottingham with Worksop. This line is a reopened Beeching closure following much campaigning by local groups including Transport 2000 and The Railway Development Society. The downside station building at Mansfield, a grade 2 listed building, has been renovated. Part has been returned to railway use as a booking office. A guide to the line has been published by RCTS, copies of the reprint are still available, price £2.95.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood_Line

 

STEAMING THROUGH BRITAIN - preservation

The Steam scene on the preserved network and mainline throughout the year. DVDs for sale and presentations at railway societies.

http://www.steamingthroughbritain.co.uk

 

THE BIG WHEEL – sustainable transport

Getting around Greater Nottingham by using the sustainable network of trams, trains, buses, walking and cycling.

www.thebigwheel.org.uk

 

TOTON EWS – loco depot
The largest concentration of locomotives in the East Midlands is to be found here. Although off limits to visitors and even organised groups, a large proportion of the locomotives on shed can be seen from a public footpath overlooking the former up side marshalling yard. The best way to reach this point is by TrentBarton’s  "Rainbow 5" bus from Broadmarsh Bus station, 5 minutes walk north from Nottingham station. Rainbow 5 runs every 6/7 minutes daytime, 15 minutes evenings and 20 minutes Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Change at Chilwell Retail Park (journey time about 30 mins.) into the frequent "Connect 5" bus. Alight 10 minutes later at Banks Road in Toton. On leaving the bus walk across the wasteland forming a small embankment to the West. From the top you will see the public footpath giving fine views over Toton depot and yards down below - binoculars recommended. The Connect 5 does not run in the evening or on Sundays. Alternatively go to Long Eaton Green on any Rainbow 5 from Broadmarsh. Cross the pedestrian crossing and turn right into Midland Street, continue to the end past Asda and take the footpath straight ahead. This leads to a large footbridge across all lines and on the far side take the footpath leading north, the left hand footpath when it forks and continue up the hill. At the top turn left on to the embankment overlooking the depot. Walking time from the Green approximately 20 minutes.  It is also possible to reach the same location by the “Rainbow 4” bus from Broadmarsh bus station, alighting at The Midland pub in Stapleford. Walk down Bessell Lane, under the A52. When the lane meets the railway, continue along the footpath up the hillside until overlooking the depot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toton_TMD

http://www.trentbarton.co.uk

06/08/09