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Some observations on Lincoln’s Railways:

Railway Operating Maps and Diagrams


These are copies of a series of maps prepared and 'issued' by D C Goodacre of British Railways in, I believe, 1955, and were available for purchase at the the princely sum of 1/- (One shilling = £0.05p). (It should be noted that it is not clear who actually 'published' them as there is no indication on the copy that I have). They offer a view of the railways of Lincoln in an age that has now gone by, when there was a lot of 'wagon load' traffic to be seen on the rail network, and many large factories had their own 'internal' rail systems and often had their own locomotives. Many changes took place, of course. The tracks in the Pyewipe area were simplified in the late 1960s, and the sidings to the SE of  Lincoln Central Station went in September 1967, as did platform 8. The track layout in the Pelham Junction & Sincil Junction area was simplified after the Lincoln rail crash of 3rd June, 1962.

The maps are reproduced from an original set in my possession. These pages are © T Hudson, Tim Lockley & D C Goodacre, whose moral ownership is acknowledged. TJH 23/02/2007 and later.

Railway Operating Maps & Diagrams: Cover

Plate 1

General Map of Rail Connections with Lincoln

Plate 2

Diagram of Running Lines, Lincoln

Plate 3

Pyewipe West & Pyewipe Junction Yards

Plate 3a

Pyewipe West & Pyewipe Junction Yards - as in the 1960s

Plate 4

West Holmes, Boultham & Pyewipe Junctions

Plate 5

Holmes Yards & Goods Depot

Plate 6

Lincoln Motive Power Depot & West Yard

Plate 7

Lincoln Central Station & East Yard

Plate 8

Pelham Street & Sincil Bank Jcts

Plate 9

St Marks LMR Station & Yards

Plate 10

Gradients & Freight Train loadings (to be added)

It has also been possible to add three historic signal box diagrams produced by Tim Lockley:

Pelham Street Junction (1950-9), Lincoln High Street & West Holmes Junction

These are supplemented by the signal box diagrams for the Lincoln 'manual' boxes on closure:

July 18th, 2008.

Pelham Street Junction, Lincoln High Street, Lincoln East Holmes & West Holmes Junction


An undated diagram for Pyewipe Junction (Courtesy John Saxton)

A discussion on 'The Signal Box: Railway signalling discussion forum' regarding Pelham Street (and other locations).

Readers may also be interested by the website maintained by the Signalling Record Society,

Of interest to the industrial archaeologist are the large number of 'industrial (or 'private') sidings' serving sites as diverse as 'Newsums' joinery works and the great foundries and erecting shops of 'Ruston & Hornsby'. It has been suggested that Lincoln had more industrial sidings, for its size, than many cities in the UK. It is worth commenting that, according to 'British Industrial Locomotives (Industrial Railway Society, 1969) there were 11 'industrial' locomotives (all i.c.) based within the area of the maps, whilst there were a further three based within ten miles or so of Lincoln Central Station. There were also seven 2' 0" locomotives at three locations around the city.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the industrial locomotives were manufactured by the local firm of Ruston & Hornsby, the only exceptions being a Bagnall 4wh Diesel Hydraulic (WB 3208/1961) at Harrison's, North Hykeham, a 4wh Diesel Mechanical of 2' 0" gauge by Motor Rail (MR 5001/1930) at Finingley Gravel, Thorpe on the Hill (o.o.u. by 1969), and the solitary steam locomotive in the area - a Hudswell Clark 0-6-0ST (HC 1604/1928) at the British Sugar Corporation's Bardney factory: all being out of the area covered by the maps.

© T Hudson 01/01/2015. All signalbox diagrams © Tim Lockley or acknowledged supplier.