Hob­son spot­lights your city mem­o­ries

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

FOR those of us who travel by train on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, we don’t give much thought to sim­ply choos­ing a plat­form and head­ing ei­ther north to south.

How­ever, did you know that many years ago, there would have been two to­tally sep­a­rate sta­tions to choose from, de­pend­ing on your desti­na­tion?

Peter­bor­ough East and Peter­bor­ough North were the city’s two sta­tions un­til they were joined as one many years ago.

Peter­bor­ough East opened in 1845 pro­vid­ing a di­rect route to Lon­don. The North sta­tion opened in 1953, head­ing north to Gran­tham and Don­caster.

Our photo to­day shows the sig­nal box at the East sta­tion and brought back many mem­o­ries for one reader.

Mr Mar­tyn Sharp emailed in to say: “I wouldn’t have thought I had such a good mem­ory, but I can clearly re­call the hus­tle and bus­tle of the East Sta­tion, which used to serve the line be­tween Peter­bor­ough and Northamp­ton, which I be­lieve is part of the Nene Val­ley Rail­way.

“My dad worked for 37 years for Post Of­fice Tele­phones, and at Christ­mas some tele­phone en­gi­neers took leave to work as ca­su­als for Royal Mail. I re­mem­ber my mum tak­ing me to see him at the East Sta­tion where he was hump­ing sacks on and off the trains. I sup­pose I must have been of preschool age.

“It’s funny what you re­mem­ber, and I hadn’t re­mem­bered un­til I saw the piece in the ET!”

LONG GONE: The sig­nal­box at the Peter­bor­ough East sta­tion.

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