Nene Valley Railway

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Yesterday I took a trip on the Nene Valley Railway.

Yes, this blog is supposed to be about narrow gauge railways but what’s wrong with a trip on a ‘broader gauge’ line from time to time 🙂

The station building at Wansford is beautiful.

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There’s a fine signal box.

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There’s even an enormous model railway in a converted carriage. (I regret not asking if I could operate it!).

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The rostered loco was Class 45 Peak No 45041, built Crewe 1962 and carrying the name ‘Royal Tank Regiment’.

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The NVR have an attractive set of ‘blood and custard’ coaches.

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I was allocated a seat in more traditional red liveried Mk 1.

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It had a very attractive, retro interior. A splash of varnish on the new wood and it will be absolutely lovely inside.

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The engine made a sweet purring sound as we pulled away.

The line travels through attractive countryside and the dog roses, elder, and yellow irises were in flower.

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The stations are very varied, ranging from the picturesque Overton station, with it’s charming platform cafe…..

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…to the slightly surreal Orton Mere, part of which is under a road bridge.

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Peterborough (Nene Valley) station has retained its old world feel.

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The NVR has a wide range of locos and rolling stock and I was struck by how much continental stock they have. My favourite was probably this Swedish Y7 Railcar No 1212. I love the 1950s styling… and the daring livery!

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The NVR staff are friendly, welcoming and very helpful. My train was far from full, so if you fancy an interesting outing, why not try the NVR.

If I ever model standard gauge I think I would have to model a heritage railway like the NVR. You could run whatever you wanted 🙂

I’ll leave you with a random selection of photos….

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