Littleworth railway station

Littleworth railway station is a former railway station in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, on the Peterborough to Lincoln Line. It opened in 1848 and was closed for passengers in 1961.[2]

Remaining buildings to the southwest of the level crossing
LocationDeeping St Nicholas, South Holland, Lincolnshire
Grid referenceTF208152
Other information
Original companyEast Lincolnshire Railway[1]
Pre-groupingGreat Northern Railway
Key dates
11 September 1961Closed for passengers
15 June 1964closed for freight

Some of the station buildings and goods shed are still standing and are used as commercial premises.

The line is still open and is used by passenger services between Peterborough, Spalding and Lincoln Central


Fragments of Narrow Gauge railway and components preserved at Vine Farm

The line was built in 1848. The station was closed in 1961 but the line through the station remained open for passenger trains until 5 October 1970 and re-opened on 7 June 1971 for Peterborough-Spalding services. The intermediate stations, including Littleworth, were not re-opened.

Much of the goods traffic was agricultural produce, including potatoes, From the Dennis family farms. A Narrow gauge railway was used to bring potatoes in from the fields to a depot across the road from the goods shed. The Narrow gauge line crossed the road at Littleworth, and portions could still be seen in the 1960s.[3] The same family owned the Nocton potato railway, much of whose equipment was re-used for the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway.[4] The line at Littleworth was the same gauge. A film from the 1930s in the Huntley Film Archive[5] shows an internal combustion locomotive at work.

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Spalding   Great Northern Railway
Lincolnshire Loop Line
  St James Deeping

The futureEdit

Some residents of Deeping St Nicholas are keen to see the station re-open to serve the village with a commuter service to Peterborough.[6][7]


  1. ^ Historic England. "East Lincolnshire Railway (1365390)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Littleworth Station (507038)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  3. ^ Squire, Stuart E. (1987). The Lincolnshire Potato Railways. Oxford: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-352-4. Locomotion papers; no. 163.
  4. ^ "Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Film: 11911". Huntley Film Archives. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Majority in favour of rail station plan". Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Village 'halt' station takes step forward". Retrieved 21 December 2010.

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Coordinates: 52°43′16″N 0°12′44″W / 52.7210°N 0.2123°W / 52.7210; -0.2123