20th Century Box: East Coast Main Line Signalling around Peterborough

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The East Coast Main Line is one of Britain's premier railways. Running nearly 400 miles between London Kings Cross Station and Edinburgh, it carries a mixture of passenger and freight trains through the northern parts of London into the Fens and through Yorkshire towards the Scottish border.

Known as 'The route of the Flying Scotsman', the ECML has been associated with many great rail feats over the years. It has also seen constant changes in its infrastructure. The early 1970s saw a major renewal of the Peterborough area. This included a new Power Signal Box to take over the signalling from several mechanical boxes.

Filmed with the permission of Network Rail, in this DVD we take a detailed look at Peterborough PSB and the area it controls. Filming took place throughout 2017 and 2018 during a time of great change on the network. As well as infrastructure changes along the route, train operating companies were changing too. Most notably, Virgin Trains EC were in their final months of operation before LNER took over.

The area starts at Sandy Station in Bedfordshire and continues into the Fens of Cambridgeshire, before concluding at Stoke Summit just south of Grantham in Lincolnshire. Not only do we see the workings inside Peterborough PSB, but we also visit the three signal boxes on the branch lines coming off the ECML. Plus the busy signal box at Helpston and Woodcroft gated crossing.

We visit all the stations along the route plus many other places of interest, including disused signal boxes, relay rooms, level crossings and of course...there's plenty of trains!

Includes archive footage from Helpston and Tallington.

Bonus Features: In and around the last mechanical signal box on the ECML.

Nene Valley Railway: A look at the preserved line including Signalling and trains.

Produced by - 88 Films
Total Run time: 120 minutes
Format - 16:9 widescreen PAL
DVD only
Released - August 2019

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