The Sheffield–Lincoln line is a railway line in England It runs from Sheffield east to Lincoln via Worksop, Retford and Gainsborough Lea Road The route comprises the main line of the former Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, to Gainsborough, Trent Junction, where it then follows the former Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Line to Lincoln Central The former main line continues from Trent Junction to Wrawby Junction, Barnetby, much of it now single line, where it then runs to Cleethorpes This is currently served by six trains three each way on Saturdays only1
The cities, towns and villages served by the route are listed below
Former MS&LR later GCR main line to Grimsbyedit
Services on the line are provided by Northern Rail
Clarborough Junction–Cottam–Sykes Junction branchedit
Clarborough Junction is about 375 miles 604 km east of Retford2 This Sheffield and Lincolnshire Junction Railway branch had originally been proposed in 18443 It opened on 7 August 18504
There were stations at Leverton, Cottam and Torksey Opening of the line was delayed for four months by controversy over the safety of Torksey Viaduct It is now a Grade II listed building, though the line closed to passengers on 2 November 19595
In 1967 the line was reopened from Clarborough Junction to Cottam to serve Cottam power stations On reopening, Clarborough Junction signalbox was closed and control passed to Thrumpton, and the two level crossings were converted to automatic half barriers6 The Thrumpton box was rebuilt in 20147
The line and its stations are shown on the 1947 one inch to one mile map of the branch
Accidents and incidentsedit
On 30 June 2015, a freight train was derailed near the site of Langworth station8
Types of trainedit
The line is operated by Northern Rail, who mainly utilise Class 142 and Class 144 sets though Class 153 single railcars can also appear9 From Gainsborough Trent Junction where the line from Doncaster joins eastwards to Lincoln, class 153 and Class 156 units operated by East Midlands Trains share the route The Brigg route is also used by freight traffic between Immingham docks and the power stations at West Burton, Cottam after reversing in Worksop sidings and West Yorkshire & the East Midlands
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