- Ely and St Ives Railway
The Ely and St Ives Railway (formerly the Ely and Sutton Railway) was a branch of the
Great Eastern Railwaywith termini at Elyand St Ives junction. Most of the route was single track, and the route was standard gauge (4' 8.5"). It is completely dismantled.
Stretham was the first station in line from
Ely(not by opening date, but by order in which trains served passengers). At present, the station building can still be seen on Stretham Station Road.
Wilburton was the second station on the line. It is now demolished, and it has been converted to a residence.
Haddenham station is now an industrial estate in the north of the village. It is on the present day A1421 road between Haddenham and Sutton-in-the-Isle. At Haddenham, the railway makes a severe branch to the north.
This station serves the village of Sutton-in-the-Isle. Remains of the freight shed still exist and are owned by a private company.
Due to the dykes at the
Old Bedford Riverand New Bedford River, the railway could not serve the village of Earith directly. Instead, it ran south of the village near to the present-day marinas.
This station was the final station in line before St Ives Junction. It served the village of Bluntisham.
The A1096 between St Ives and the A14 now uses the embankment of the former railway. The station has been demolished.
Needingworth junction was approximately 1 mile east of St-Ives where the railway branched off right to Bluntisham,Earith,Sutton and Ely or headed straight to Somersham,Chatteris and March.Much of the railway embankment still survives to this day albeit overgrown to where the line used to pass under Bluntisham heath road bridge which curiously was used for landfill sometime in the early 1980's.Blink bridge the wrought iron railway bridge 100yds north of Needingworth junction also survives.
t Ives Station
Here the railway meets up with the
Cambridge and Huntingdon railwayand the March and St Ives railway. The buildings themselves have been demolished now but the embankments of the railway live on.
* [http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/stations/s/st.ives/index.shtml St Ives Station]
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