Sandy is a city in the north of the county of Bedfordshire in England. It is located west of Bedford on the River Ivel and has about 11,000 inhabitants (2004). The story Sandys goes back to Roman times. After they had left in the 5th century Britain, belonged to the settlement to the Kingdom of Mercia. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it is listed as Sandeia. The name comes from the Old English Sandieg (Sand Island). With the expansion of the Great Northern Line to Peterborough Sandy was connected to the railway mid-19th century. Another railway line to Cambridge, the Sandy to Potton Railway, was built by William Peel (a son of British Prime Minister Robert Peel). Here drove in 1857 the first freight train, a year later, a passenger train.