About The Nene Valley Railway
The NVR is a standard gauge railway, which runs for seven and a half miles between Yarwell Junction and Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. Its headquarters are based at Wansford beside the A1, the old Great North Road, and are easily accessible from a large part of the country.
The first railway to arrive in Peterborough came from Blisworth, via Northampton, Thrapston, Oundle and Wansford with the very first passenger train along the Nene Valley departing Peterborough at 7 o'clock on Monday 2 June 1845. The Nene Valley railway of today is the eastern section of this line.
The 15 mile trip along the Nene Valley Railway takes you through the delightful Nene Park, from the eastern terminus at Peterborough, past the Railway's headquarters at Wansford Station, into the haunted Wansford tunnel and finally to the tranquil setting of Yarwell Junction.
The new station building was officially opened in late 1995.
Inside the building the railway's booking office is the first facility that will greet you.
The shop and cafe are also located on the ground floor - opening times vary depending upon the season and operating requirements.
The railways general office is to be found on the first floor, along with a conference room that can be booked for various functions.
Toilets, disabled and child facilities are also located within this building.
The new station at Yarwell Junction, built over the winter of 2006/7, was opened during Easter 2007 and now allows passengers the opportunity of walking to the local villages of Nassington and Yarwell, or just to watch the engine run round its train.
The station is situated right at the entrance to the Ferry Medows Country Park and is only a few minutes walk from the main centre of the Country Park, which offers acres of meadows, lakes and woods for walks together with a visitor centre, children's activity areas and a miniture railway. Lots of space for the children to run off that excess energy.
The station building was moved brick by brick from the old goods yard at Fletton Junction on the east Coast Main Line to Ferry Meadows where it was rebuilt to form the station building you see today.(see below)
At Peterborough passengers may alight to watch the locomotive as it runs round its train or occasionally pauses under the water column as it replenishes its tanks. Peterborough's Nene Valley Rail station is only 20 minutes walk from the city centre.
Passengers may visit Railworld(small entrance fee required), a small independent attraction next to NVR. Displays include "Rail and the Environment" with an impressive model railway, "Global Rail Travel", "Rail Industry Showcase", and "Local Railway History". There are other exhibits about train travel worldwide, past and present, including Locomotives and (new) Hoverail Vehicle and Track.
Nene Valley Railway Membership
Interested in Railways ?-Become an NVR member, There are many advantages; a quality magazine on NVR related topics "Nene Steam", travel concessions and winter meetings with guest speakers. There is also the opportunity to become a working member and to help us to run the railway. Nearly all the men and women you see operating the railway are volunteers- from he engine driver to the person serving in the shop. Some jobs require extensive training, others do not. (call 01780 784444 for further details about becoming a member of NVR)
Using The Railway
Full access is provided for disabled persons and all trains include a specially adapted carriage for wheel chair users. Private hire of trains can be arranged for weddings, company visits, birthdays and special events. On train dining is available for parties of 30 or more, but booking in advance is essential. The railway is also able to provide excellent facilities for Television, Film and Commercial Production and has featured in major productions such as Octopuses and Golden Eye Bond movies.
Please telephone THE RAILWAY office on 01780 784444 to find out further information on The Nene Valley Railway . Please always mention you have seen this information on the Internet via Internet Link.