Hobson spotlights your city memories
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.