Calling at the following locations.
Thetford, Ely, March then Peterborough & Grantham terminating at Nottingham.
Disk 1: Norwich to Peterborough
Disk 2: Peterborough to Nottingham
Norwich to Ely: Class 158 2-Car Unit
Ely to Nottingham: Class 170 3-Car Unit
Running Time: 153 minutes
The train ride from the drivers cab really opens up your eyes to this part of Norfolk as you travel through the countryside. The ride through Thetford Forest feels truly magical until you approach the Fens into Cambridgeshire and then it is flat land all the way into Peterborough where we travel on the ECML all the way to Grantham where the train diverges off onto the Nottingham branch.
On the Nottingham branch you can see a part where BR trialled rails on a concrete base, not on concrete sleepers.
A few miles before Nottingham, the train passes Rectory Junction where a disused line joins us from the South. This ran from Cotgrave colliery and the junction still proudly retains its semaphore signals and signalbox in this video.
Having travelled along this line in real life so many times, there are many highlights of the journey that I like. The one highlight of the journey that you only get a passing glimpse of is Manea station.
Manea is really isolated in the middle of the Fens and in 2014, had the number of trains calling there increased by Greater Anglia by stopping there on the Ipswich - Peterborough route.
Andrew Berry | Ipswich | October 2020