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King's Lynn Docks Branch

Welcome to Norfolks Disused Railways past and present page on the King's Lynn Docks branch

The docks Branch opened in in late 1800s &

In later life the line ran from Kings Lynn Junction just past the station by the still in use signal box and branched off the main line heading towards the docks under Dodman's bridge.

The docks line faced the same way as the Station so trains from Ely way could head straight off towards the docks where as trains from Kings Lynn Sidings would need to turn around to head down to the Docks.

Looking at the maps below from the National library of Scotland dated 1892-1914 shows there was no track to take trains direct onto the D

 

The line then passed the back of the Austin fields industrial estate going down the side of the North lynn housing estate before reaching John Kennedy road and crossing over the road and into the docks area.

The docks line also served Dow chemicals that has also now closed and is currently being demolished.

The last train that used the Docks branch was in may 1993 with a few clearance stock moments after

In 2020 the docks line is partly still in use as far as dodmans bridge on the A148 Gaywood road as a turn around point for the sand trains using the old lynn Dereham line as far as Midddleton towers. 

There has been Talk that if the Hunstanton Line was to reopen the docks line cause be one of the possible routes that could be used to take the line out of the town centre.

There used to be two lines serving the River Ouse in Kings Lynn The docks line covers on this page that covered Bentinck docks,Alaxandra dock and also dow chemicals 

Also there was a second line that closed years before the Harbour junction that came off at South Lynn that is covered here

I would like to add a personal thanks to Paul Miller for the use of lots of Photographs used on this page

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Paul Miller Wikimedia page

Here we see a side by side map of the old docks line at King's Lynn

Many thanks to National library of Scotland for these maps

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King's Lynn docks maps

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Thanks to Britain from above @historic England for the use of this next image

Kings Lynn station and sidings taken in the 1950s

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King's Lynn docks branch seen to the right of this photo taken in 2020

This part of the line is still in use to this day as a turn around point for the sand trains that come from Middleton Towers as a freight service

Please Look at the King's Lynn to Dereham line page for more information on the Lynn to Dereham line & Middleton towers 

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Class 08 shunters sat at King's Lynn Station sidings in 1991

These trains were most likely used for the docks branch line. 

Many thanks once again to Paul Miller for the use of these pictures.

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Next we see a class 37 train in the King's lynn sidings

This train would of most likely been a Middleton towers train for silica sand using the docks line as a turn around point. 

The year of this photograph is unknown and many thanks to Martin Addison via Geograph for these pictures

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Here once again we see a class 37 freight train arriving at King's Lynn from Middleton Towers.

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Short video of middleton towers silica sand train
turning around using the old dock's line

Here we see the old Dodmans foundry that started in 1854 and closed in 1975

This site is now demolished & used as housing.

The road bridge that crossed over the docks branch is called Dodman's bridge after this foundry.

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Thanks to kl forums for these pictures

Dodman's bridge viewed from the docks branch when the line was still in use.

The line now just before the small wooden bridge has been taken up just past this small bridge.

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Credit to Paul Miller for this picture

A rail tour special on the docks line close to closure.

You can also see the docks silo in the back ground.

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Just after Dodman's bridge in King's Lynn on the A148 we see this old picture  of the workmen on the docks railway after closure

Once again Thanks to Paul Miller for this picture

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Here in 2020 we see what remains of the docks branch taken from the A148 Gaywood road from Dodman's bridge looking down on the line facing King's Lynn Junction.

This part of the line is the turn around point for the sand freight trains hauled by typically class 66 trains taking silica sand up to the North.

To the right of the picture where we can see the flats is the land where Dodmans foundry once stood.

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Here again in 2020 we see the end of the line here is where the docks line stopped after closure.The line was closed from here to the docks but even in 2020 the line bed remains over grown but clear.

There has been various housing and industrial buildings built but the bed remains clear.

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Here we see the Docks railway in King's Lynn By North Lynn housing estate.

The track bed has now been lifted here and can still be accessed as its still in use as a foot path from North Lynn to Austin fields industrial estate.
You can still see where the railway was as last time I visited there was wooden boards where the railway once ran

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Former railway remains from the Kings Lynn Docks branch seen here at Kettlewell Lane Kings Lynn

This small part was as far as I understand a small siding from the old line

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The crossing at John Kennedy Road at Kings Lynn in 2020

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Trip back to the Docks branch line in 2021 after the level crossing had a cut back of all the over growth.

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Here we see the level crossing in 1989 with these pictures once again thanks to Paul Miller 

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King's Lynn Docks

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Thanks to Historic England

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Credit to Archant archive 

King's Lynn Docks in 2020

Bentinck dock  railway remains in 2020 at Kings Lynn docks.At first I was not sure if these were remains of the railway of the tracks that the cranes moved over But looking at old pictures and speaking to others seems these are the Railway remains and also the Rails for the Kings Lynn docks cranes

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Alexandra docks railway track left behind at Kings Lynn docks

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King's Lynn Docks Railway remains in 1996 not long after closure

Once again thanks to Paul Miller

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Many thanks to Richard Humphery for use of this image via Geograph please follow link for more of Richards work

 

This was the old bridge that carried the railway across the Water

This bridge is still in use today for road use


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Dow Chemicals

In August 2022 Just by the entrance to down chemicals whilst delivering to the site I found these old track lines the first one would of been the entrance to the chemical site and you can see where the line curved around to the left towards King's Lynn Docks.

Sorry for the bad quality this was taken into the sun and I have tried my best to save what I could.

At the time of these pictures being taken most of the site has been demolished and is now being De contaminated. 

How long these railway remains last I cant say but this part of the site is still in use under a different company as storage so maybe these will last a bit longer before another piece of history is lost.

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Here we see the railway track remains on the other side of the road from the picture above.

These railways were feet away from the other picture and close to the entrance of Dow chemicals

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Whilst delivering to Dow Chemicals in the last days of the factory I found this old Bridge remain left behind from the railway days

In 2021 Dow chemicals is partly being demolished and I'm not sure if this bridge remains or has been demolished.

Sadly I can imagine it's now gone.If anyone knows any different please send me a tweet.

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Dow Chemicals spur line off from the docks branch seen here in a unknown year 

These pictures once again are used from Paul Miller

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The site of Dow chemicals at King's Lynn is mostly now being demolished and levelled off and decontaminated.

 

At the time of writing no one is sure what the site will be used for.

Most likely a solar farm due to the land contamination from the past.

The job I do has allowed me on site a few times during the demolition and here are a few pictures I had managed to obtain from the site.

These pictures were taken in may 2022

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