Kings 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 dodmans bridge.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.

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

Kings Lynn station and sidings taken in the 1950s


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 

kings level crossing

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

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


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 Dodmans bridge after this foundry


Thanks to kl forums for these pictures

Dodmans 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.


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.


Just after dodmans bridge in King's Lynn on the A148 we see this old picture credit to Paul Miller of the workmen on the docks railway after closure


Here in 2020 we see what remains of the docks branch taken from the A148 Gaywood road from Dodmans 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.


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.


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

King's Lynn docks level crossing
King's Lynn level crossing

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



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


Alexandra docks railway track left behind at Kings Lynn docks


Dow Chemicals disused railway bridge 

Part of the old disused docks railway

Dow Chemicals Railway bridge

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

kettle well lane kings lynn
gaywood river railway bridge

Many Thanks to Martin Addison for the use of these pictures via geo-graph 

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