Peterborough's Nene Valley Railway celebrates a good year filled with famous faces

Nene Valley Railway has played host to some famous locomotives this year, including the Flying Scotsman and the Tornado.

Tuesday, 1st January 2019, 5:00 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:06 am

Capturing it all has been city rail enthusiast Andrew Hensley (49) from Botolph Green who has taken some great photos which he has kindly shared with the Peterborough Telegraph for our readers to enjoy.

Diesel Gala April 2018: 45041 at Woodston Ponds on the 7th April, Built 1962 at Crewe - Resident
Diesel Gala: 50008 at Woodston Ponds on the 7th April, Built 1968 at Newton le Willows, still in main line use

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Diesel Gala: 20007 & 20142 at Longueville Junction on the 7th April, Built in the late 50 & early 60s, known at Choppers, in latter mainline use on the summer Nottingham Skegness services - visitors
Diesel Gala: 20142 & 20007 at Woodston Ponds on the 7th April
Diesel Gala: 66781 At Orton Mere Signal Box on the 7th April, mainline visitor on the back of the train, looks strange as the guy is handing over a token when at the back of the train. These are the mainline freight workhorse known as Sheds&because the look a bit like a garden shed. Built from the 1998-2015
Diesel Gala:  66781 Approaching Orton Mere on the 7th April
Diesel Gala October - 31162 On the Fletton Loop 12th October top and tail with 31271. Built in the late 50s & early 60s both owned by A1A Locomotives 31162 is a visitor, 31271 is a resident until April 2019, A1A have been organising the diesel galas but attendances are down and losses mounting so have been given notice to leave in April 2019 after 19 years with a resident loco.
Diesel Gala October: 31271 top and tail with 31162 12th October on the Fletton Loop
Diesel Gala October: 50008 double heading with 50015 approaching Orton Mere Station on 13th October both visitors, 50008 works on the mainline, 50015 Heritage only
Dissel Gala October: 50008 double heading with 50015 waiting to leave Orton Mere Station on 13th October both visitors
Flying Scotsman arrives to visit NVR, the location is where the Fletton Loop connects at Longueville junction with the main NVR Line. Taken on the 24th October. Built in 1923 Flying Scotsman is an LNER A3 Pacific loco built in Doncaster & used to mainly run on long distance runs on the ECML. Now owned by the National Rail Museum at York
Taken on the 27th October as Flying Scotsman passes Orton Mere Signal Box
Taken on the 27th October as Flying Scotsman passes Orton Mere Signal Box
The Flying Scotsman
On the 14th April near Sandy during its first time with paying passengers with the Ebor Flyer at 90 mph (normally 75 mph) Tornado suffered a major failure leaving bits behind on the track and came to a rapid halt. A rescue loco was despatched from Peterborough to haul Tornado and all the coaches to Peterborough, Tornado was detached at Peterborough and hauled to Orton Mere NVR by the rescue loco
66744 arriving at Orton Mere hauling Tornado
Tornado left under the parkway at Orton Mere
Rescue Loco 66744 Off back to the Mainline
D9545 arrivals at Orton Mere to haul Tornado to Wansford
5619 was resident for most of the summer on loan from the Telford Steam Railway, Built in 1924 to a rather unusual design which allowed a relatively powerful loco to work into the valley lines in South Wales to haul the coal wagons from the pits. Taken on the 25th February near Orton Mere Station
45041 approaching Orton Mere on the 29th September, 45041 is here as part of a five year deal with Peak Locomotives Ltd to base a loco here
Taken on the 25th November between Longueville junction and Woodston Ponds one end of the Santa Specials is Class 14 Teddy Bear 14029 a resident loco SS1 shows Tornado at the other end
Tornado approaching Orton Mere on the 22nd September
Tornado approaching Yacht Club Crossing on the 23rd September
Tornado complete with NVR Name Plate
Tornado between Woodston Ponds and Wharf Road Crossing 23td September
Tornado near Woodston Ponds 23rd September
Tornado at Orton Mere Foot crossing on the 26th September
Tornado at Orton Mere clearing the tubes
Tornado: The other end of the Santa Special on the 25th November at Woodston Ponds
Union of South Africa with a barely visible 34081 waits at Orton Mere Station on the 2nd September
Union of South Africa passing Orton Mere Signal Box on the 9th September
Union of South Africa at Woodston Ponds on the 1st September double heading with 34081 92 squadron