The train leaving Lincoln for London
The gateway to Europe has been made even more accessible for Lincoln residents thanks to a new direct rail link to London.
About 50 passengers boarded the inaugural 7.08am departure from Lincoln Central to St Pancras International yesterday.
The station in London is also Eurostar's UK hub.
The train was due to arrive in London at 10am and depart at 6.30pm to be back in Lincoln at 9.24pm.
The daily East Midlands Trains' service takes almost three hours to reach the capital – nearly twice as long as the existing Newark to London train.
But passengers who were travelling mostly for leisure gave the service the thumbs-up.
Stephen Doy (67), of Brant Road, Lincoln, wanted to go to London to see the £800m transformation of St Pancras and was travelling with his wife Sheila (62).
"My wife got the tickets as an early Christmas present for me," he said.
"I think if I was travelling for business I'd go from Newark but this service means it's easier to get to London because there are no changes."
Another benefit of the service is the stop at Luton Parkway for Luton Airport.
For more on the rail link, including reaction from business leaders, see Tuesday's Echo.