Above: The Nottingham branch at Gonerby Hill Foot from the 1929 OS 25-inch map showing the track layout at Gonerby Sidings between 1913 and January 1968.
Our April Meeting
Owing to personal circumstances we've postponed the meeting scheduled for 20th April. We hope to hold it in the late spring or early summer.
A New Page
As we announced in the previous News item we've published a new page:
If you have information or photographs you can share with us about the railway in the vicinity of Gonerby please get in touch.
Some Updated Pages
- 24 Hours at Grantham Station in 1961 - we're very grateful for the encouraging response. So far as content and style are concerned it's all been positive.
However, several people have reported difficulty with slow loading of pages, and we're thankful for this feedback too. The problem may be associated, to some extent, with the migration of the website to https:// which we carried out a few days after the launch of the new page. It could also be connected with this page, as first published, being very long with multiple images. We have therefore divided the content into three consecutive pages, with links to enable easy progress from the 'introduction' to 'part 1' (midnight to noon) and then on to 'part 2' (noon to midnight).
- The RAF wartime career of Sydney Harmston, a clerk in the Stationmaster's Office, took him to Yugoslavia as a specialist in codes and cyphers. It's newly featured in The Railway at Grantham in Wartime, 1939-1945 at item 4 (scroll down to halfway).
Steam World No. 418, April 2022
This latest issue of Steam World magazine has recently arrived and in it there’s a four-page photo feature (pages 24-27) titled Essendine to Grantham in 1960/61 in which ‘Nigel Harris dips into the superb East Coast Main Line photo-archive of the late Noel Ingram…’
This is ‘Part 1’ and the photos are all black and white; Part 2 will feature some of Noel Ingram's transparencies, but the author isn't specific about when that will appear.
Also on page 60 (lower photo), in an item called Pick’n’Mix, there’s another of Noel’s photos taken at Little Bytham – a colour one this time.
In its own words, Rail-Online is a comprehensive online library of high quality railway photographs, from the 1900s to the present day.
Tony and the team are continually adding new pictures from some important collections among which are, for example, the superb photographs of TG (Gordon) Hepburn of Nottingham who made frequent visits to the Grantham area.
Below are links to 17 Grantham area photographs which appear in Rail-Online's ‘recently added’ folder:
- https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p265322570/e11df2ef3 (it's not at Saltersford, it's Spittlegate Cutting)
In the past 3 months this local history website has published a few items of railway interest:
John & Mel