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Orton Mere Station

Orton Mere Station is an ideal place to either join the train or visit during your journey. It has an adjacent car park: Click Here for details on the Nene Park Trust Parking Scheme.

Within easy walking distance are lakes and the River Nene, which are ideal for a gentle stroll or for taking photos of the local bird population. On some Saturdays and Sundays you will also see model radio-controlled boats in action on Osier Lake. Less than five minutes' walk takes you to a local sculpture park and rowing lake.

The station itself has two platforms with most services departing from Platform 1 unless there are special events taking place. The platform is open on running days for boarding the train.

Orton Mere's station building is closed at the moment.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the train from one of our Travelling Ticket Inspectors.


The passing loop is often used by work trains at weekends, and a variety of freight wagons can sometimes be seen behind the works services.

To the east of the station is Longville Junction and the Fletton branch, which is the railway's link to the main national railway network. Visiting locomotives can be photographed here, as they often pause at the station before proceeding on to Wansford.

Orton Mere forms part of Nene Park, a man-made country park developed in the early 1970s. The nearby lakes are former gravel pits which were flooded by the nearby River Nene. As a result of gradual landscaping and sympathetic planting of trees and shrubs, many native to the area, wildlife havens have been created which can be explored using the walkways and cycle paths that extend eastwards towards Peterborough City Centre and westwards towards Wansford.

Orton Mere is a popular gateway to the country park, with a pedestrian footbridge over the river giving access to Thorpe Meadows and the rowing lake. The 1000-metre rowing lake is home to Peterborough City Rowing Club and, together with a well-equipped gym and social facilities, is the envy of many local and national rowing clubs. You can often see rowing club members out on the lake and surrounding waterways. The club hosts several regattas every year, including the famous Dragon Boat Festival:

Dragon Boat Festival

The railway station and its platforms were originally built by the Peterborough Railway Society Volunteers and have their own signal box on site. The extended line from this point joins the Nene Valley Railway to the mainline and provides a vital link for visiting locomotives that are able to travel on the mainline. This link - known as the Fletton Loop - takes a scenic path through one of the older parts of Peterborough, where you can see the home of Hotpoint. Watch out for special trips during the year when we take Helga (our Swedish Railcar) along this often unseen stretch of the line.

Orton Mere also provides the ideal entrance to the Woodston Reach walkways, which is an area purchased from British Sugar that once formed the settling ponds for the sugar beets.

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