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The Lost Railways Of The Broads

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This is a very interesting little booklet published by the Museum of the Broads. It's packed full of photos, many of which I've not seen before. The book concentrates on the former M&GN lines between North Walsham, Yarmouth and Lowestoft. There's no mention of the Beccles to Yarmouth line. None the less a very interesting book and very reasonably priced at 2.99. Well worth a look. 

 

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I like it when you cruise the Waveney (probably nothing to do with what`s in the booklet above) and pass the old centre pivot bases for the railway bridges at St Olaves, then just down stream of Beccles, and the bridge over the cut into Rowancrafts yard at Geldeston. There`s very little recognisable sign of the the old iron bridge that spanned the river in Beccles itself.

I do wonder if there are any otherparts of the Broads that have any evidence of old railways.

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The Beccles to Tivetshall railway bridge across the Waveney, the piers are still there if you look carefully.

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The path of the railway in Beccles can clearly be followed.

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I believe the house arrowed is built on the bridge foundations.

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33 minutes ago, JennyMorgan said:

The Beccles to Tivetshall railway bridge across the Waveney, the piers are still there if you look carefully.

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Is that the (Waveney) Cruisercraft yard JM?

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The House on the bridge pier.

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11 minutes ago, webntweb said:

Is that the (Waveney) Cruisercraft yard JM?

Not sure but I suspect that it was.

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I think I have posted this before somewhere. The Tivetshall /Beccles/Yarmouth line was not part of the M & GN network so probably why its not featured in the book.

That's very interesting about the bridge pier - I'll look out for that next time I pass to the Locks!

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The A149 at Stalham was built on the disused  railway track.

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Just past the small car park at the top of the high street, you can see this old railway crossing gate.

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The railway across Breydon has long been lost.

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The distant bridge was, back in 1890, the Beccles to Tivetshall line.

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2 minutes ago, JennyMorgan said:

The railway across Breydon has long been lost.

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I did read somewhere (maybe on this forum) that the new road bridge across Breydon Water is built on the same line as the old railway bridge, does anybody know if that`s true?.

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Not quite Neil, they couldn't use the pilings as they were in the wrong position so had to be dug up. It is pretty close though.

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We were stopped by River Inspectors at the Berney Arms (sometime in the late 70's I think) as there were "explosive demolitions" being undertaken of the old railway piers on Breydon. We retraced our steps, and went through the next day, but didn't see anything untoward.

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I picked up a copy of the booklet at the Museum the day it was launched, the Msueum have a display about the YNNR for this summer in one of the rooms. there are several other books availble about the lost Norfolk railways.

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I may have posted these before but my brother took these one holiday shortly before closure at Beccles.  For years I used to think I dreamt seeing this train until he sent me the scans.  Liz

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Not quite the lost railways but for rail enthusiasts there is some info here about the Wherry Lines 175 years events there is nothing on the main website yet

 

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It’s a great exhibition and is focusing on the line from Great Yarmouth Beach station which goes through Stalham. I know the museum would have liked to cover many other lines as well. There is a bit on Samuel Peto. 

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The old coast railway that went to Hemsby then branched off to Martham, Potter,,Catfield, Stalham and onto North Walsham Town.

So many stations that the train spent more time stopped than it did running.

You could change at NW by walking to the Main station, but the line finished there for the Yarmouth trains.

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For those with an interest in old railways and real ale (Howard) :default_biggrin: The North Norfolk Railway otherwise known as The Poppy Line has it's annual beer festival on the 19th to 21st July this year. Normally a very good event. Depending on how the weather is over the weekend you cannot bank on there being much choice left on Sunday, so best to go Friday or Saturday, or all three days. :default_beerchug:

https://www.nnrailway.co.uk/beer-festival/

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Taken in 2017, not much to see but the bump in the road is the site of a level crossing on a minor road between California and Hemsby with the line of the railway going towards Hemsby.

Second pic is the line going the other way.

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Often whilst out and about, whether at home or abroad, I see something in the landscape which makes me think 'old railway' and sure enough get home, check the OS map or other map and there would have been something there.  As we get older these clues are slowly disappearing............ even when in India in November, being driven I suddenly saw the remains of an obvious old railway bridge - the track bed long gone and now just a track for pedestrians and cycles and the odd cart

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