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On the East Coast Main Line - Grantham is a fairly busy, and popular changeover station between local Central Trains services and GNER Intercity services.
Railway type and traffic
A good mix of passing trains worked by both HST and Class 91s, operated by NXEC, quite a few of which stop here. East Midlands Trains usually run Class 158s on the Liverpool to Norwich trains, as well as Class 153/156/158 on Skegness trains. Hull Trains operate Class 180 'Adelante' units, all of which call here and Grand Central's HST/180 workings pass through.
There are various intermodal trains, and tanker trains use the adjacent, next to Platform 4, sidings to run-round the loco (usually a Class 60).
On the outskirts of Grantham town centre, the station is very safe, well lit, and staffed at all times.
From the A1, junction 15:
Turn off the A1 and head east along Harlaxton Road until you reach a round about. Take the forth exit, signposted station, to reach Grantham.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Grantham Station map co-ordinates
There is a car park at the station, but tends to be very busy, especially between 8am and 6pm due to the large number of business commuters using the station.
The station is well served by rail. NXEC services between London and Leeds call hourly in both directions. All Hull Trains services call, as well as hourly East Midlands Trains services between Liverpool and Norwich. There is also a two-hourly Skegness train which calls here.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a Pumpkin café and Café Ritazza on Platform 1, as well as various supermarkets, pubs, takeaways and sandwich shops a few minutes walk into Grantham town centre. The station now has lifts to all platforms.
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There are not many places on the station that hinder photographers and videographers. The over bridge is covered, with 'misty' Perspex windows, which tend to affect shots taken from the bridge, although some photos do come out OK.
At the northern end of all platforms, you get a good view of the mainline as it curves east on a cant. To the south is straight, so there is plenty of time to see what is coming. Express services use platforms 1 and 2. Services from Nottingham use the bay platform 3 to change direction towards Lincoln and Skegness. Several Central Trains services use Platform 4.
A mixture of freight traffic passes through on the fast lines.
General views - All photographs © Gary Coupe unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Facing south from platform 1
Fig 2 - Looking south
Taken from north end of platform 2
Fig 3 - Looking north
The platform 3 bay
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