Nene Valley Railway & Railworld, Peterborough, 19th August 2017

August 23, 2017
Written by: Rob Slusar

It’s coming up to our 3rd wedding anniversary, and on our 1st, the in-laws got us a steam train journey as a present. After a lot of mucking around trying to, get it booked, we finally went along this weekend. Annoyingly, the train had been replaced with a diesel because the other train was out of action…. frustrating.

I recently purchased a Tokina 11-20 ultra wide angle lens for my upcoming trip to the Lake District, so decided to take advantage of this trip and try it out at points during the day. As it would turn out, the weather was not on our side (not uncommon recently) so I didn’t use it a lot, but I got a few test pictures with it.

Nene Valley Railway is located north of Peterborough, and runs a regular tourist service from Wansford at one end, up to Railworld adjacent to Peterborough railway station (this would have once linked to the main routes south).

I have been on the railway before, but never been in Railworld, and I must admit, I was a bit underwhelmed by it. The intention of it is good, but it feels very run down due to low funding with only a few display trains in not a great state of repair.

I managed to get some pictures on the day, but as I mentioned, the weather was unreliable, so I ended up trying some arty detail shots in most places.

My first wide angle shot from the platform looking towards the level crossing.

Swedish Class B Locomotive, one of the few on display.

A diesel shunting loco.

Swedish Railcar No 1212.

Wide angle of the interior of one of the compartments on the train ride.

RTV 31, is the main reason I have wanted to visit Railworld. Back in the 60’s, Tracked Hovercraft Limited was set up to develop a high speed train which would hover rather than run on wheels. The plan was to develop a train that could run at 250mph. The first test model and track began construction in 1970, located close to me in Earith. In 1973, the unmanned train was able to hit speeds of over 100mph on it’s test track. Sadly, after successful tests, the project was cancelled.

As well as the trains, volunteers look after an area of gardens which have been constructed using parts of old railways to create a nature walk.

Whist RTV 31 was never to go beyond the test track. It did start the race for a hovering train, which is a scheme now operated in some areas of the world, such as the Japanese bullet trains.

A Union Pacific diesel looking a little worse for wear.

Mechanism photo.

Danish Class E Locomotive, currently undergoing some restoration.

When the weather changed and we decided to get the train back to the end of the line, I decided to try and get arty. This shot was of reddish trucks set against a grey sky, so I decided to play on that a little.

This is the start of a new ongoing project for me. Letters in unusual places. This time, it’s ‘Z’.

I love the way some paint peels.


Class 31 No 31271,our ride for the day. It was meant to be a steam engine…… but beggars can’t be choosers.

It was an odd day, the weather was a pain in the arse, but I have started to go out with the idea of taking photos of different things if I can’t get the shots I want. Hopefully going forward this will mean I can bring you more varied stuff, as well as some personal projects rather than just day to day reports. We shall see.

As always, thanks for looking.


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