Yarwell platform and station building

There is now a new station for passengers to enjoy on the Nene Valley Railway, following the opening of a brand new platform and station building by Sir William Proby in April 2008. Work on this new station started some time ago, and the opening was celebrated by a special round-trip on the NVR to invited guests.

The Nene Valley Railway opened in 1977, and since then, has never failed to run an advertised train service – an amazing achievement and one that perhaps the National Rail companies could take advice on! They are a not-for-profit organisation, and rely on huge donations of the most valuable resource – time – to keep operational. All volunteers are multi-skilled, and are used to being ‘juggled’ to meet the requirements of the railway.

Two years ago the Army carried out a training exercise based on the NVR, and labour was provided by soldiers from 79 Railway Squadron for the trackwork improvements associated with the project, in return for locomotive driver training, which was assisted by GB Railfreight Class 66 locomotives. As the necessary trackwork for the station was previously valued at £64k, this meant that fundraising efforts could be concentrated elsewhere. Another bonus to the project was that the essential preparation work in the way of clearing the area was provided by the Probation Service. In 2002, GB Railfreight helped to launch the project by naming one of their Class 66 locomotives ‘Nene Valley’, and funding was secured from the Rockingham Forest Trust for interpretation panels.

Previously, any passengers on the railway had no way of getting off the train at the far end of the line, but this will now offer a new opportunity to hop off, have a walk on the Nene Way, or take a breather whilst the engine runs round the train for the return journey.

Hannah Hackett, the leading force behind this Nene Valley Railway Project, said “I can hardly believe that we have finally reached our goal and are opening our new station. It will, without a doubt, enhance the experience of our visitors and will open up this beautiful area. People will be able to access the countryside from the city centre, without using their cars and, conversely, people from the local villages can travel by train to the Nene Park and to Peterborough itself. We are delighted and can now see the result of six hard years of fund-raising.”

A grant of £20,000 was provided from the Landfill Communities Fund of Waste Recycling Group Ltd, distributed by Environmental Body WREN, for the construction costs of the station building. The bricks used in the building are recycled from a redundant railway building further down the line, and it has been constructed to replicate the design of the other buildings at Wansford station.


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Apr 16, 2007
Oct 03, 2000
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