Nottingham to Lincoln Line

Nottingham to Lincoln Line
Nottingham-Lincoln Line

A East Midlands Trains class 153 at Lincoln
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Termini Nottingham
52°56′50″N 1°08′48″W / 52.9471°N 1.1467°W / 52.9471; -1.1467 (Nottingham station)
Lincoln Central
53°13′35″N 0°32′23″W / 53.2263°N 0.5398°W / 53.2263; -0.5398 (Lincoln station)
Stations 13
Opened 1846
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) East Midlands Trains
East Coast
Rolling stock Class 43 "HST"
Class 153 "Super Sprinter"
Class 156 "Super Sprinter"
Class 158 "Express Sprinter"
Class 222 "Meridian"
No. of tracks Two
Electrification Standard Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed 60 mph (100 km/h) maximum
[v · d · e]Nottingham to Lincoln Line
Head station
Lincoln Central
Stop on track
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Thorpe (station closed)
Stop on track
Stop on track
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "KRZl" Track turning from right
Straight track Station on track
Newark North Gate
Straight track Unknown BSicon "CONTd"
East Coast Main Line
Station on track
Newark Castle
Stop on track
Stop on track
Stop on track
Stop on track
Stop on track
Stop on track
Burton Joyce
Stop on track
Junction from left Continuation to right
Nottingham to Grantham Line
End station
Nottingham (Nottingham Express Transit Station Street)

The Nottingham to Lincoln Line is a railway line in central England, running from Nottingham north east to Lincoln.

The line between Newark and Lincoln is currently only cleared for 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) speeds, Nottinghamshire County Council have paid for a study into 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) running.[1]



The Nottingham to Lincoln line was opened by the Midland Railway on 3 August 1846. It was engineered by George Stephenson.[citation needed]

Current operations

Passenger services on the line are provided by East Midlands Trains, using a mix of mainly Class 156 diesel multiple units, Class 158 diesel multiple units, and pairs of Class 153 diesel multiple units. At certain times, Class 156 and Class 153 trains run coupled together. Many trains on this route continue southward of Nottingham to Leicester via the Midland Main Line. Some trains call at Newark North Gate (this is generally the first 2 trains of the day, and the last 2 trains of the day) by running down the spur at the side of the East Coast Main Line and then reversing back again. Many trains also run between Newark Northgate and Lincoln Central throughout the day, usually timed to provide connections to London Kings Cross and other stations on the East Coast Main Line. Many of the trains between Newark Northgate and Lincoln Central continue on to Grimsby Town with the first and last trains of the day continuing to Cleethorpes. Summer Sundays sees a scheduled Newark NG-Lincoln Central - Cleethorpes service. As of 22 May 2011 East Coast now run 1 train a day from London to Lincoln.

The line serves the following places.


The service is generally hourly Monday-Saturday with a less frequent service on Sunday. The first trains usually depart on Sundays in either direction during mid-afternoon, giving no morning Sunday service. One train daily on a Monday to Saturday runs along the line from Lincoln Central to London St. Pancras in the morning, and from London St. Pancras back to Lincoln Central in the evening. It only calls at the busier stations along the line, namely Collingham, Newark Castle, Lowdham (evening journey only), and Nottingham. The train travels along the Midland Main Line for the Nottingham - London portion of the journey. There is also one train a day run by East Coast from London to lincoln


Coordinates: 53°04′36″N 0°50′20″W / 53.0767°N 0.8390°W / 53.0767; -0.8390

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