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King's Lynn
Harbour Junction railway
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The bridges of south Lynn

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Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland' 

King's Lynn

Harbour railway

Welcome to Norfolks disused railways page on the technically second dock railway in King's Lynn. The Harbour railway ran from Harbour junction off the fen line to the South quay in King's Lynn.

The line opened in 1849 and fully opened to the South Quay as far as King's Staithe soon after, the closed in 1968 and was ripped up soon after the closure of the harbour railway.

The Lynn Ely line opened in

From what I have found, the only remains of any railway  I could see were at the south quay.

Reading online, there was a bridge at South Lynn that seemed to have crossed the river near that remained a while after the railway had been closed and has since been demolished.

This bridge crossing the river near was said to have still had some rails left behind on the bridge from what I can see the bridge was still there in the very late 90s and was nicknamed the Casey jones bridge.

King's Lynn Harbour junction

King's Lynn Harbour Junction when the line was still in use.

We see a London Liverpool Street station Diesel train approaching the Harbour junction heading from London Liverpool Street towards King's Lynn.

You can just make out to the Right of the picture the Junction Railway that took the line off of the main King's Lynn Then to London Liverpool Street line and & off towards the M&GNJR South Lynn station that closed in 1959

After the closure the line remained open as freight use for the beet factory at South Lynn.

The Harbour Junction seen here would of crossed one of the bridges that we will cover down the page.

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Here we see an old signal remain just off the A148 Nar valley way bypass at South Lynn.

This signal was left behind from the harbour junction railway line that took a Second disused rail line off to the docks that was lifted many years before the Docks line that Spurred off from the King's Lynn Junction close to the main station at King's Lynn.

As seen in the map above.

Once again thanks to National library of Scotland for the use of the maps.

 

Harbour Junction Signal

Harbour junction to South Lynn link Bridge 

Here is the Old bridge as it stood in 2020 that linked up the M&gnjr from South Lynn to Kings Lynn town Station

This bridge would of served many different purposes in its life not only did it act as a link between both of King's Lynns Stations But would of also taken trains from the North & The Midlands Towards Hunstanton on Express day excursion trains.

This old bridge in its last days was used as a shuttle line from the old British sugar factory that has now closed down and been demolished.

The sugar factory stood roughly where Palm paper now stands. 

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M&gnr bridge Kings Lynn
SOUTH LYNN RAILWAY

South Lynn Station & the m&gnr Bridge

South Lynn station site.

Thanks to Britain from above-Historic England

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South Lynn M&gnjr Bridge Crossing 

This bridge took the M&gnjr from South Lynn to Fakenham With the next stop being Gayton Road. 

Then the line went off after Fakenham & to many other destinations across Norfolk including Great Yarmouth Sheringham Cromer & Norwich

This closed Bridge was photographed in 2020 from the Nar valley way

SOUTH LYNN BRIDGE REMAINS
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SOUTH LYNN BRIDGE REMAINS

Sugar beet Freight line

These two pictures of old railway track left behind were found in the now grain silo at the saddlebow industrial estate and was most likely left behind remains from the old sugar beet factory sidings please feel free to mail me with any ideas

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This third bridge was sited just after where south Lynn Station was sited but was not built during the M&gnr days and was built long after closure for the sugar beet factory line to pass underneath saddlebow road

Thanks to Paul Miller for the use of these pictures via wikimedia

Thanks again

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Looking from the other side of the Bridge at the old line when in use for beet traffic before and after lifting

Once again thanks to Paul Miller for the use of these photographs via wikimedia

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Here we see the Saddlebow bridge taken in winter 2022

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Thanks for looking Please feel free to look at Norfolks Disused Railways M&gnjr South Lynn to Fakenham page

Click me for South Lynn to Fakenham

Please Look At this page from Lewis Collard who helped me find these some of these old remains.

Anyone interested in railway history should take a look at this amazing Page.

I Would like send a personal thanks to lewis collards webpage and also to Paul Miller for the use of the photographs used on this page and also on the King's Lynn Docks page.

Thanks again