In the early part of the 21st century, the former Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Line was still full of Victorian railway phenomena. However, due to Network Rail’s multi million pound upgrade of the route, things were about to change!
The line had become an underused route since the 1970s with freight trains becoming extremely rare and just an hourly daytime passenger service running between Peterborough and Doncaster. However, with an ever increasing amount of passenger trains on the East Coast Main Line, the GN/GE Joint Line was to become a major freight route once again.
The upgrade of the line, began with the re-signalling of the Lincoln area in 2008. We look along the route between Lincoln and Werrington Junction before 19th century mechanics became 21st century technology!
Filmed with the permission of Network Rail, in this DVD we will take a look along the whole route between Lincoln Signalling Control Centre and St. James Deeping Signal Box. This will include a visit to all the signal boxes along the way. The GN/GE Joint Line was renowned for the large amount of level crossing gateboxes, all of which we visit too!
As a plus, we will take a brief look at the Gainsborough to Lincoln section and the Peterborough area, including Peterborough Power Signal Box. We will also take a look at all 6 stations on the route. As well as the usual passenger services we feature special workings which include freight and railtours. Finally, we look at the last few months of the upgrade work, including the last trains being signalled in various locations and the inevitable demise of the signal boxes.
Bonus Features: East Coast Diversions. Joint Line Upgrade Photo Gallery.
Produced by - 88 Films
Running time - 110 minutes approx
Aspect Ratio - 4:3
Released - 2016