the Iron Age, a settlement has existed on the banks of the River Witham, developing into Lindum Colonia in Roman times before becoming the city of Lincoln as it is today. Unofficially split into the ‘Uphill’ and ‘Downhill’ areas, the two are most directly connected by the well named Steep Hill, a famous landmark of the city. Having arrived in Lincoln onboard LNER’s ‘Lincoln Experience Train’, I had the best part of the day to explore the city before heading home.
The start of July saw me at Peterborough station early on a Saturday morning ready for the 0855 LNER service to Lincoln. An extension of the former Newark Northgate services, LNER has served Lincoln since late 2019 as part of an extension of its network supported by the new Azuma trains. Lincoln is now served every 2 hours during the off-peak with services usually calling at Stevenage, Peterborough, Grantham, Newark Northgate and Lincoln.
imbledon in the west with the central section following the Thames. So, what on earth is a District Line train doing running around between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire on the Marston Vale Line.
When East Midlands Railway (EMR) was announced as the winner of the East Midlands Franchise, it announced it was going to operate its services under three sub-brands. EMR Intercity, for services on the London to Nottingham/Sheffield routes; EMR Regional, for local services and the Liverpool-Nottingham-Norwich route; and finally, EMR Connect for the future half-hourly service from London to Corby.
Derby, the Roman town of Derventio, one of the five boroughs of the Danelaw and one of the birth places of the Industrial Revolution, is located on the banks of the River Derwent about 20 miles from the furthest point from the sea in the UK. More importantly to me, Derby is my hometown (well a town nearby is) and where my parents live and so, early last month we headed over for the day to explore the city’s new ‘Museum of Making’ and ‘Ram Trail’.
Last month we were lucky enough to enjoy a weekend away from home in an area I had never visited, but heard lots about, Tyneside. Rather than getting a direct train from Peterborough to Newcastle, I’d planned a slightly more unusual route to enable me to try out a new Train Operator (for me), with us changing at York for a Grand Central service to Sunderland.