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Norfolks Lost Railways..May-July 2017


Mikeymutt

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I spent the summer a few years back working on this project. Spending hours travelling to the old railway sites around Norfolk, walking them and biking them. I don't know loads about railways but I have had fun spending many hours looking over Google researching them, and learnt as I have gone on. [ have found a few nice things along the way. This is going to be a long report so pass by now if it's not your thing. I have tried not to cover it with just miles of old walking routes and bridges (there are a lot of bridges) I have tried to cover the main parts of several lines including some of the industry that surrounds it.

Most people know of the beaching cuts. Two reports were produced in 1963 and 1965 with the aim of cutting the railways down. This proved very unpopular especially in rural areas, but he wanted to streamline the rail network. As a result miles of track was lost, including thousands of stations, many laying derelict for years. Most lines have been lifted now and many stations renovated into residential dwellings or tea rooms. But if you look hard enough there still lots of remains laying about .Lots of old rail lines have been made into cycle ways, some short lengths of track have been brought back into service or run as heritage lines. norfolk was one of many counties to get the massive cut in train stations

NORWICH TO AYLSHAM LINEE

The Norwich to Aylsham line started its route at the city station in Norwich. Being built in 1882 by the Lynn and fakenham railway company and taken over in 1893 by the M&GN joint railway. The rail line ran through to the Thelmthorpe loop, This was put in later to provide a link to Wroxham and county station. It was the sharpest curve in the country, the line closed to passengers in 1959 and carried on for industry and agricultural use and industry. The route at Lenwade finally closed in 1985

City station was opened in 1882 and was well used with passengers heading to Cromer. The station was hit badly in the Second World War by the Germans as there was a large goods yard on the site. There is a local heritage group consisting of volunteers who have started digging the site, They unearthed a large section of platform. They were hoping to uncover the whole section. And other parts but the council decided to put a halt to it for some reason. Work has sice commenced since these pics.


Here is part of the unearthed platform.

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This is the remains of the crane mount. The crane was on the coal stage and the crane was hand driven to load up the locos.

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The remains of an engine shed the floor in typical M&GN blue engineering bricks.

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Further down the line is an A frame bridge, this was one of three. Only two remain and they are the only ones in Norfolk.

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This was a station at Hellesdon ,all that reminds are the platforms. But these are well hidden now amongst the trees. My step father remembers the station being here. Passengers stopped using the station in the fifties, but freight used it till the seventies. The station was used for different things after that. But was demolished after a break in and all the old rail stuff like fire places and handles and such were stolen. during demolition of the other parts and track lifting the demolition company ruthlessey destroyed everything like the furniture, etc. This was to ensure the lines could never be used again.

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Small concrete bridge.

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Second A frame bridge.

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Level crossing barrier Attlebridge.

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Sculpture made from the original track these are dotted all along the walk now known as marriots way.

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Lenwade was a large industrial area and built next to the rail line and the lines run in to the yard. There was a massive cement works making a selection of products like pre fabs etc. The site still has a smaller cement works on there and other industrial units.
The main goods yard with the two large loading cranes now lay silent.#

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There are some derelict bits on the site but much to see really, so just took a couple off shots inside them.

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Looking down the former track beside the works.

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Old phone housing I found in the side of the trees. I really liked this as the frame was made off wood.

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An old farm track bridge. I loved this little bridge, even though it's just small, the intricate work that went into this was amazing. Even if it just covered an old farm track With the skewered brickwork and the pertruding four tier header bricks in blue engineering bricks. This sort off exemplifies how much work the Victorians put into things, maybe a little over the top at times.

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Showing the detail off the intricate brick work.

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Various bridges along the line. Some with metal tops and some with brick tops.

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The former Lenwade station, this one and the one at Attlebridge have both been lovingly converted into residential use. Both were heavily used during the Second World War due to RAF Attlebridges close proximity.

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TBC

 
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A little down the line is Whitwell station which was part of the M&GN line and was situated just outside Reepham.the station closed in 1959 but the the line contInued to operate for freight then in 1965 it was just operated for concrete moving from Lenwade.until the line finally closed in 1985 and the track was lifted. The station has laid derelict for many years until a few years ago a trust started renovating the station. It is now used as a museum and tea rooms, and trains run on the old goods yard tracks. They are hoping to extend the line some more. The signal box has been restored too, they do events here as well. I did have the pleasure about three yrs ago of having permission to look around the old trains they had here.

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Fully restored tower going down the former track bed.

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Old bridge a litte way from the station.

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An old Unimog used by the trust. Think its sat here for as long as I can remember.

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In Reepham is another station which was part of the great eastern line. The station closed in 1952 to passengers and 1981 to freight. The station is now the home to a pine company, you can hire bikes here too. The owners of Whitwell station want to link the two stations but this would mean relaying the Themelthorpe curve track to join the two former stations.

Bridge coming into the station.

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The two platforms are completely different. The station side is of the standard brick built ones but the far side seems to be a concrete built one.

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Finally we get to Aylsham, here is the end of the Marriots way.]Aylsham station is now the station to the narrow gauge railway, the bure valley run on the former east Norfolk railway. The station was linked to the Themelthorpe curve later so trains could be linked to Lenwade and Norwich.

There are two pillboxes near the station.one is completely over grown, but one type 28 is still visible on the road.

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DEREHAM TO FAKENHAM LINE

This is part of a bigger line that ran from Wymondham to Wells which was operated by the great eastern railway. The south side of the line is now part of the mid Norfolk railway which run steam trains between Dereham and Whymondham.they are hoping to stretch the line eventually to the county station, then eventually on to Fakenham

County station was a small station north of Dereham.. The station opened in 1864 and in 1987 it opened up as a heritage centre then the mid Norfolk railway bought the station buildings. There is a really old nice signal box further down the line at the back of the station.

The road crossing the track is not in use here.

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The station house.

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The old signal box what is further back Isneaked up to get a view. I have heard it has now been dismantled and moved elsewhere.

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A few miles up the track is the north Elmham railway station .I looked at this a few years ago.and it laid there all derelict, but now it's been converted into a family dwelling.The station opened in 1857 as a timber framed building but was later replaced by a brick one. There was a dairy plant here which was loaded on the trains by a shunting horse,grain and fertiliser was moved from here too.

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There are several empty buildings here what I can guess they were associated with the railway., might even have been the old dairy once. I was talking to a local who said there was an order to demolish them. Maybe for when the line finally reaches that far.

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Further down the line is some old rolling stock.

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TBC

 

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KINGS LYNN TO DEREHAM LINE

This line opened up in 1948 and shut to passengers in 1968.it was owned by great eastern railway, The company originally wanted it to extend to Great Yarmouth, but this was scuppered by a rival company. The line is just over twenty six miles long. Wendling station that was on this line was used in several episodes of dads army. The station is now long gone now under the A47 as road improvements.

Middleton towers was a small station near leziate which shut when the line shut. The line from here to Kings Lynn is still open due to the large quarries situated around this area ,thousands of tonnes are shifted by the trains here every year. Saving lots of road transportation.you can see in the foreground the sand loading hopper. The sand, silica sand is used in glass making.
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Lime along with chalk was a large industry in Norfolk, there were many lime kilns around the county. Usually designed in a bowl like shape with the kilns in a central column going to a central chimney..I found this one by chance, bit different to other kilns I have been too, in its a three bay chamber one with a kiln either side of what is almost a small tunnel. Two of the kilns are collapsed with just one remaining you can see. The kilns are next to the railway line so transportation was a bit easier

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Near to the kilns I walked under this farm track bridge. I liked this one for the growth around it.

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At swaffham is a branch line that went off to thetford.i walked this and just found a few nice bridges.first up is a small brick arched bridge.

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Came across this small farm bridge.not sure why it had metal girder style plates to one side of the bridge

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And last up is this three arch brick bridge.very impressive too.

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TBC
 

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CROMER LINE

Cromer was a busy railway town due to its popularity as a holiday resort during the Victorian times. It was served by four stations, there is still a very active railway there but all the other stations closed because Cromers popularity declined, I can tell you it's very popular nowadays along with Sheringham up the road. There is still remains from the old railways, the tunnel and viaducts at East Runton,

Cromer railway tunnel is the only standard gauge tunnel in Norfolk measuring in at fifty metres long it's not the biggest tunnel. It served the line between Mundsley and Cromer and was owned by the Norfolk and Suffolk joint railways. The line proved not to popular and was shut down. In the tunnel is a spigot mortar base for the home guard to stand and guard the tunnel from invading Germans.

The tunnel entrance looking out to Cromer.

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Cromer high was the first station opened in Cromer. It shut down in 1954 to passengers. There is not a lot left there now ,some old steps made of concrete and the entrance to the access road and there is a remaining station wall.

Some old concrete steps leading up to the access road.

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The old wall.

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Access road entrance with original concrete and metal post.

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The viaducts at East Runton.are quite lovely structures. There is two of the, .one still runs a live line the other one is unused. Had a nice little scramble up the bank to admire the brickwork arches and to get up top to have a look at the top. The viaducts were constructed in 1906.

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Brick pattern arches on the side of the arches.

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MELTON CONSTABLE

Melton constable was a railway station and later became a massive locomotive works on a fourteen acre site. The site operated 1882 to 1964.it became known as the "Crewe of Norfolk" due to the lines coming in and the massive works. The population of the village in 1881 was 118 and by 1911 the population had grown to 1157 ,they had there own gas works there ,housing was built and even a school. During the world wars the stations works were used extensively, The site is now an industrial area but many of the buildings exist including the water tower.

Looking down one of the old workshops, This building is massive and is laying empty, I did look for a way in, but it is sealed so tight.

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Some old lines I found out the back.

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After a little nosey about I stumbled hidden in the corner a pair of buildings. One had been used for buisness use but the one next to it was very derelict and the door was open. It was just two rooms but they were very nice. All I can guess was that this was the yard office originally. I really loved the colours in here, I actually went back again to re shoot it.

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On the far side of the site is the old water tower its been clad on the outside There was even bullet holes in there from enemy planes in the war. I could not spot them though, so maybe they have been filled. They are trying to get listed status on this now.

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A quick cheeky look inside whilst nobody was about.

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TBC
 

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MELTON CONSTABLE TO YARMOUTH LINE

This line from the central hub at Melton Constable to the popular resort of Great Yarmouth Tthe line was owned by the midland and great northern railway,The line shut in 1959,and the former track serves as part of the weavers way cycle and walkway.

Just before you get to honing station there is a beautiful Victorian iron bridge. The bridge is listed.

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A bit further up the track is honing station.there is still lots of remains here,the two platforms and a hut with a pump in it, The remains of the waiting room and the base of the station.

The wooden pump hut

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The remains of the old waiting room.

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All that remains of the old station is the fireplace.

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At the back I made a nice discovery.it was the old cattle pen. A lot of stations had cattle pens to transport cattle from the local farms. This still had the original gates and flooring.

The walkway to herd the cattle from the farm to the pen.

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This pillbox was a bit further down the line. This one has been decorated with flowers and stuff.

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One of two bridges that went over the north walsham to dilham canal. The north walsham to Dilham canal was built close to this stretch of railway. The canal is the only one in Norfolk.the canal was built to service the various mills along its stretch, Being operated by wherries it opened in 1826, the canal was not a success , it laid derelict for years there is a trust that has started restoring it and some of the six locks.if anyone is interested on more info on the canal here is my friend Chris's very good and very informative video of the canal with one of the trusts members. I promise its not clickbait.


Briggate lock

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Honing lock

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The next station is felmingham station.it closed the same time as the rest. The inside is being used for storage.

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And one last bridge to finish things off.

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thanks for looking and hope it was not too long winded. i know its not epic stuff. but it shows there are still interesting things to find out there. Even if they are on a smaller scale.
 
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Mikeymutt

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Thank you pal. Oh dear thanks for pointing that out. Did not even notice it ha ha, all edited now
 

westernsultan

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Thank you for putting up this excellent report and text describing the pictures. a lot of effort and much appreciated
 

Mikeymutt

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Thanks mate. The Victorians never seem to go wrong when it came too architecture.
 

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