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Sheffield–Lincoln line

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Sheffield to Lincoln Line
to Wortley
to Rotherham Central
to Swinton & Chesterfield
Kiveton Bridge
Kiveton Park
to Doncaster
to Sutton Parkway
to Newark North Gate & Doncaster
Cottam power stations
to Doncaster
Gainsborough Lea Road
Gainsborough Central
Stow Park
Kirton Lindsey
to Newark Castle
Lincoln Central
to Sleaford
Market Rasen
to Hatfield and Stainforth
to Barton-on-Humber
Great Coates
Grimsby Town
Grimsby Docks
New Clee

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


  • 1 Sheffield–Lincoln
  • 2 Former MS&LR later GCR main line to Grimsby
  • 3 Clarborough Junction–Cottam–Sykes Junction branch
  • 4 Accidents and incidents
  • 5 Types of train
  • 6 References


  • Sheffield
  • Darnall
  • Woodhouse
  • Kiveton Bridge
  • Kiveton Park
  • Shireoaks
  • Worksop
    • connections with Worksop–Nottingham line
  • Retford
    • connections with ECML services at Retford
    • former main line continues forward from Trent Junction, just prior to reaching Gainsborough Central to Cleethorpes
  • Gainsborough Lea Road
    • connections with Doncaster–Lincoln line
  • Saxilby
  • Lincoln Central

Former MS&LR later GCR main line to Grimsbyedit

  • Gainsborough Central
  • Kirton Lindsey
  • Brigg
  • Barnetby
    • connections with South TransPennine route and Nottingham–Grimsby line
  • Habrough
    • connections with Barton on Humber–Cleethorpes line
  • Grimsby Town
  • Cleethorpes

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


  1. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 32, Sheffield to Lincoln 19 May - 7 December 2013 Northern Rail website; Retrieved 5 September 2013
  2. ^ Railways Archive 1854 derailment report
  3. ^ 1845 Gazette notice
  4. ^ Nottinghamshire Archives record of Sheffield & Lincolnshire Junction Railway Clarborough to Lincoln
  5. ^ Torksey Viaduct description, history and photo
  6. ^ Modern Railways September 1966 p 506
  7. ^ Thrumpton signal box
  8. ^ "Freight train derails near Lincoln" The Lincolnite Stonebow Media Ltd 30 June 2015 Retrieved 1 July 2015 
  9. ^ Railscot - Photographs of Lincoln wwwrailbritcouk; Retrieved 5 September 2013

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