The King's Lynn to Hunstanton railway
Past & Present

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Welcome to the King's Lynn to Hunstanton Great Eastern railway

Past and present history page.

 

This webpage covers the before and the after closure coverage of the line and all the stations from 

 

King's Lynn

North Wootton

Wolferton

Dersingham

Snettisham

Heacham

&

Hunstanton Railway terminus.

 

The Hunstanton Line is the most local of Norfolks closed lines to me and I have enjoyed finding all of what remains to this day.

Even Including the Cuts and the bruises and all the arguments with some of the overgrown parts as well.

 

The King's Lynn Hunstanton Railway Past & present webpage covers the history of the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton line with various pictures from before and after the sad closure of the line in May 1969 .

 

During the covid pandemic in 2020 when Norfolk was very quiet I managed to take most of the photos to make this website using my trusty Nikon d800 or my trusty iPhone8,go pro 7 and my mountain bike with help from the Google maps app. 

 

I have also done lots of research using 

 

Google maps

wwwrailmapsonline.com,

www.gergraph.org.uk 

www.wolfertonroyalstation.co.uk

www.wikipedia.org King's Lynn Hunstanton Railway page

 tvp videos  dvd

The oak wood press King's Lynn to Hunstanton Railway 

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The West Norfolk branch book available to buy online

 

Also used in this webpage are many other various sources and web sites. Most past pictures have been sourced from many various different places across the web.

Lots of the pictures have been from screen shots from films (future uncertain,John Betjeman goes by train)

 

Another useful source I found some images from was from www.gergraph.org.uk with full credit to the owner left by the picture. 

The line was Closed in may 1969 due to losing money and even though the lines closure was not part of the Beeching report British Railway decided to close the King's Lynn to Hunstanton Railway on Saturday May the 3rd 1969 saying it was losing 40 thousand a year back then and the railway track was lifted sadly straight away and even though as you will see on this page a lot of the bed is still un touched. 

There sadly has been parts built on Mostly in King's Lynn and Heacham.

King's Lynn in 1846 was 16 miles away from Hunstanton and with places across the uk using the railway boom of the time to boost travel to the local towns.

King's Lynn had a railway line just built.

Hunstanton needed a railway to put Hunstanton on the map as a sea side resort for holiday makers to be able to reach Hunstanton.

Henry le Strange began to plan for a railway in the 1840's and in In 1861, the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway business was incorporated.

 

The line cost £80 thousand pounds to build and was completed in only ten months.

Sadly Henry le Strange died before the line opened and never managed to see the line run.

 

Hunstanton saw amazing growth due to the railway bringing holiday makers in from all over the country and in 1937 Hunstanton had 4 platform's that were all lengthened to carry longer trains in the summer months.

During its peak trains could of been running at ten minute intervals during the busy summer months with direct trains from London and trains from the Midland great Northern joint railway.

In 1948 the railways were nationalised and the government were looking into unprofitable lines across the uk and Dr Richard Beeching was brought in to look into non profitable lines across the uk. The Heacham Wells branch being one of them having stopped services to passengers on 2nd June 1952 .And was closed to passengers before Dr Beeching even took office.

The Hunstanton line was not on any list from the Beeching cuts as it remained profitable and was not on the closure list from the Beeching report.

Hunstanton Station and Snettisham always had a single line running into the terminus with a passing loop at Heacham but in March 1967 the line was made single lined all the way to King's Lynn and the Stations and signal boxes were unstaffed.

All trains leaving King's Lynn had a single line token key.

Hunstanton lost most of its platforms and  frequent service and with car use on the increase  BR said the line was losing £40,000 a year.

The line closed on may bank holiday 1969 with Hunstanton terminus packed with people to mark the occasion.

Many have said the line was still profitable but closed due to br mismanagement.

Stopping London through services slashing 80% of its revenue over night.

 

Also the m&gnjr had also closed stopping trains coming in from the north and midlands.That had closed in 1959

 

All the line relied on now was local use and with a cheaper bus service 

also car ownership was on the increase. 

The queen also gave consent for King's Lynn to become the new royal station 

The line closed in May 1969

Now in 2020 all that remains are the old coal sheds and a signal and a memorial and a old wooden buffer built into a brick wall close to southend road.

And the old refreshment rooms are now used as the waterside bar.

Heacham still remains as private residence as do Snettisham,

Dersingham remains as a builders yard, 

Wolferton remains in amazing condition,

North Wootton is also used as private accommodation,

Kings Lynn is the only Station still in use serving London bound trains only.

Time line

1846 Henry Le Strange wanted to promote Hunstanton into A holiday resort

27th October 1846 the Lynn ely Railway opened.

1846-1848 The Lynn to Dereham line opened

On the 1st of August 1861 Parliment granted the Lynn & Hunstanton railway a royal assent

& The Lynn Hunstanton railway was born.

The first part of the construction began on the 13th November 1861.

The lines appointed engineer was John Sutherland Valentine.

Sadly before the railway was finished chairman Henry Le Strange died of a heart attack before he could see his railway finished.

Ten months after construction started. The railway was finished costing £80.000.

The board of trade inspection took place in September 1862 passing the line for use.

A little just after noon on Friday October the 3rd 1862 the first train steamed into service.

In February 1862 Sandringham estate was purchased by the royal family making Wolferton the closest station to Sandringham.

Wolferton became known as the royal station.

In 1866 The West Norfolk branch from Heacham to Wells next to sea was opened.

1871 King's Lynn's current station was built.

 

1874 The Lynn Hunstanton railway company and the West Norfolk railway company

joined to form.

The Hunstanton and West Norfolk railway.

In 1890 the line was sold to Great Eastern railways.

The line became known as the King's Lynn to Hunstanton Great Eastern railway.

 

As the line got more use the line was doubled

between King's Lynn and Wolferton in 1898.

 

Between 1884 and 1911 645 Royal trains used Wolferton station.

 

1936 January King George V body was taken from Wolferton To London to be laid in state.

 

1937 The platforms at Hunstanton were extended due to extended traffic.

 

Holiday traffic was at its peak with up to 6 trains a hour arriving in the morning.

And departing at night time in busy periods.

 

1948 Britains railways were nationalised.

 

The 1950s Saw the lines use declining.

 

1952 The body of King George VI was taken by railway from Wolferton to London.

 

1952 31st May saw the West Norfolk branch close to passengers.

 

1953 Saw the West Norfolk branch line damaged

between Holkham and Wells due to the 1953 floods.

 

1958-December Diesel units took over steam train operation.

1959 28th February the M&gnjr closed stopping many connections to the line.

1960'S The Goverment became worried about some of Britains railway lines making little or no profit.

1960-November saw through London to Hunstanton trains stop running.

Car use was even more on the increase making the railways less popular.

1961 Dr Richard Beeching was appointed to reshape Britains railways.

1963 March 27th the nicknamed Beechings axe report was released.

 

The King's Lynn to Hunstanton line was not on the list for closure and was still seen as a profitable line.

The line was recommended to be used as a simple unstaffed railway.

1964 Saw The King's Lynn to Hunstanton lines freight withdrawn.

1964 Saw the last remaining part of the West Norfolk branch closed to freight. Closing the line.

1966 The Last royal train left Wolferton.

1966 June the 6th the line started running as a basic railway.

1967 One whole line was removed making the line single track all the route.

 

King's Lynn used a single line token.

1967 Hunstanton railway station was made into a single platform.

£25,000 Investment was made in 1967 with half barrier electric crossing barriers installed at all level crossings.

1967 Saw the Sandringham hotel at Hunstanton pulled down..

 

British rail claimed the line was losing £40,000 a year.

 

Prior to announcing the closure of the King's Lynn to Hunstanton railway.

British rail offered the Queen the royal waiting rooms at Wolferton.

 

She declined. It was agreed

Kings's Lynn would be Sandringham estates new

local railway station. Starting the way for the lines closure.

1969 The last day arrived.

 

 

 

09:05pm Saturday the 5th of May the last train left King's Lynn

10:16pm the last train returned from Hunstanton.

 

With a wreath on the front saying.

 

 

Goodbye Hunstanton railway

1862 To May 3rd 1969

Is this really the end.

In march 1971 Hunstanton once again heard the sound of a train but sadly was a 

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shunter with the demolition crew ripping up the old line for scrap.In a few weeks the line demolition reached Snettisham. Soon after the whole line had disappeared all that remained was the stations and the following year these were sold off.

After 107 years the King's Lynn Hunstanton Railway was no more

 

 

 

The route.

The line from King's Lynn Platform 2 branched off to the left just after the level crossing at Tennyson avenue From king's Lynn railway station .With the Dereham line going straight ahead. And the line to then Liverpool Street now king's cross, Cambridge Fen line heading off to the right.

After leaving King's Lynn the line curved round to the left passing through Gaywood past king Edward school and gaywood park school under a foot bridge and then the line went straight passing over Gaywood road level crossing .

 

Then the line went down heading towards North Wootton past the side of north Lynn.Most of this part remains as a cycle path apart from where Lynn sport was sadly built over where the line used to run so sadly now I'm guessing the line would have to take a different departure route from King's Lynn railway station.Maybe off the old Dereham line what still is in use as a freight line for sand movement from the local quarry then head towards Hunstanton on the eastern edge of King's Lynn near the Queen Elizabeth hospital end of the town.

 

Once the line left north lynn and passed over the new built 1980s A1078 Edward Benefer way heading towards North Wootton .Sadly I could not follow the line as its private land and all fenced off But seeing some pictures from Geograph.org.

There are not many remains Left.

 

Once reaching North Wootton halt station.Still remaining as a private house.With a local scout, guide hut built on the approach.Where the old siding once stood.

 

The next station was the Royal station at Wolferton what has been amazingly restored and used as a private residence.Once again the line between North Wootton and Wolferton station is Private land some Sandringham estate and not much Remains some of the track bed and is in use as private farm tracks. And as far as I can see the old small bridge that crossed the River Babingley has now been sadly taken away .Again please feel free to email me if you know any different.

 

After leaving Wolferton station the line started to turn gently Right going past Wolferton cliffs and through the Dersingham/wolferton bog.Heading towards Dersingham I was surprised how much of the track bed remained intact some parts over grown but very small overgrown parts. 

 

Also what I found were fence lines and a old railway building down the line closer to the Dersingham side. This part is over grown but accessible following the still there fence line trust me I have the cuts and bruises and punctures to prove it battling through from Wolferton Station to Dersingham Station.

 

The line Dersingham side would of crossed the new built and opened in November 1990 A149 bypass.

 

The A149 Dersingham to Snettisham bypass opened 21 years after the closure of the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway.

 

The line would of crossed where the A149 now stands by the pinecones caravan park and then roughly where the now A149 banked up barrier is and into Dersingham station now used as a builders merchant Semba trading.

 

Dersingham like many other Stations on the King's Lynn Hunstanton Railway  has been looked after very well and in past years.

Dersingham station house has been amazingly restored in the past few years.

 

Once leaving Dersingham station over the station road Level crossing.With the station houses to the right.The line went over the level crossing what was in later years one of the first places that British railway had installed the electronic gates to try and simplify the line and try keep costs down to try and keep the line open and sadly never worked and even with investment the line still sadly closed.

 

Once heading towards Snettisham once again the track bed is all there and a lovely well used walk In-between Dersingham and Snettisham. Also in-between Dersingham and Snettisham there was a level crossing at Ingoldisthorpe and the cottage called crossing cottage this is still called the crossing cottage with lovely owners who were more than happy to let me photograph there amazingly looked after house.

Also at the Dersingham side of the cottage an old concrete Building looks to be a electronic box remain from the crossing still survives covered in ivy but still there.

 

After the ingoldisthorpe the railway heading towards Snettisham started to curve to the left approaching Snettisham station.This part is still very accessible by public footpath up to near Snettisham station then its private land before understandably reaching the station.

 

Snettisham station also luckily still remains and is used as private residence.Also some of the freight and station yard buildings still remain and some been restored as modern housing as seen in the pictures below.

 

There is also a old signal behind the granary remains .Snettisham signal box sadly a few years ago was sold off to a heritage railway but good news its still in use..After leaving Snettisham the train line once again crossed where the new built A149 bypass stands now and down the side of the original beach road lay out what was changed in the 1990s for the construction of the bypass.

The line from this point was always single line with a passing 

point at Heacham.

 

Crossing Snettisham beach road level crossing what was sited by the ken hill woods public car park all that remains now is the crossing cottage.The line went off to the right following the level land bearing around ken hill heading towards Heacham.

 

From ken hill car park you can still see some fence line remains to the left of the woods path its over grown but the are parts still there.The next part after the over grown woods part following the Snettisham Beach road the line curves right away from the beach road heading towards Heacham there are still banks there and a concrete pad maybe where a signal stood I not totally sure but here the bed site is clear but would need levelling out.

 

After the line went onto private farm track where I biked this part after talking to the farmer who was very pleasant and knew what I was doing .But please ask first.Where the line went off to the right there is a old railway plate layers hut remaining here and the track bed is now used as a farm track the track bed is still very much still there and not over grown or soft ground in any way and been kept in amazing condition and daily use.

 

The building remain between Snettisham and Heacham is the building used on the home page image of www.norfolksdisusedrailways.com.

 

Further up the line the curve straightens out heading towards Heacham and there are a few farm tracks leading off where the line would of been.Then just up before where the caravan site starts there is another railway building This one sadly is fenced off and covered in graffiti.

After this building the path has now been closed off by fencing please respect the owners privacy and don't try this walk. When I photographed this walk I spoke to the farmer passing and he was fine but later as covid eased people were sadly walking all over the farm land.

 

Once passing the old railway building on the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway line you approach what is now long acres caravan park maintenance sheds and caravan parks what have all sadly been built over where the old Railway line ran.

To the side of the caravan park there is still space for a line to run to Hunstanton though.

Past long acres the line crossed south beach road heacham.

The old crossing cottage still remains to this day to.

The railway then went over  the now built over Pioneer & tall trees caravan park and then into Heacham Railway station after crossing North beach/Jubilee road Heacham by the west Norfolk public house.

 

Heacham station building still remains and has a old mk1 British railway carriage out side what is used now for holiday let.

The mk1 carriage was brought from the battlefield railway in Leicestershire.

 

The main station building is used as a private residence .

After leaving Heacham & off to Hunstanton the line had been heavily built on with a housing estate pretty much between heacham station and where the line branched off to wells via Sedgeford,docking,stanhoe,burnham market,holkham,wells called the West Norfolk junction railway.

Please feel free to look at the West Norfolk Branch page on the sister site.

www.norfolksdisusedrailways.com/heachamwellsbranch

After the West Norfolk junction the line track bed is pretty clear heading forward to Hunstanton and the Wells next to sea branch heading to the right surprisingly the junction bed is still there up to Hunstanton road Heacham  and highly visible with a old set of wooden buffers there to the left of the line.

The line track bed towards Hunstanton is still remaining clear up to searles holiday park golf club you cant walk no further as there a small river there called river Heacham with the bridge or crossing removed its a small river and to be honest if you wanted you could cross it somehow.

 

On to Searles after the unbuilt on golf course is the main holiday park of Searles Hunstanton but where the line ran the road is used as a maintenance or maybe emergency vehicle route through the park so in a way maybe the line could still run through searles holiday park single line only .But what used to run anyway from Snettisham to Hunstanton with a passing loop at Heacham .

 

Coming off Searles you approach what was the next and final level crossing at south beach road Hunstanton the crossing cottage is still there then after a bit further up you sadly run into the Hunnystone a newly built pub blocking off the line completely into what was Hunstanton terminus.Also in-between the Hunnystone and the crossing cottage is a Anglia water treatment plant.

 

Hunstanton has mostly been unbuilt on only used as car parks as of 2020.But there has been planning put in to completely rebuild the carparks at Hunstanton into flats what will completely stop the line in its old route ever opening.This so far had been objected.

 

The old station site has also had a indoor market built at the end of the carpark where the Sandringham hotel once stood but sadly where the Honey stone pub has been built close to where the level crossing stood there would be no room to even put a small basic station in front of the pub site..

 

In 2020 all that remains at Hunstanton are the coal shed with some signage put up and a old buffer built into a brick wall and the old refreshment bar now the waterside bar.The rest of all the Hunstanton Railway has sadly been long gone into the history books gone but not forgotten  

The last train ran at 9.05pm on Saturday 3 May from King's Lynn to hunstanton and returned from Hunstanton at 10.16pm with a wreath attached to the leading end of the dmu.

 

Both trains were packed and hundreds more lined the platforms to sadly wave the last Train through from Kings Lynn to Hunstanton.

Many groups have campaigned to have the line reopened to ease the summer traffic on the a149 where now would also need two level crossings causing traffic chaos or a more likely a different route.But so far there has been no success personally I cant ever see it ever reopening using the old route or even using another route .The cost would be high and busy in summer and guessing would lose money in the winter.

 

Also the public outcry of compulsive buying and destroying housing to reinstate this line at heacham.I can see more likely the road network updated more to cope with summer traffic and the increasing Norfolk population

 

Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway 3rd October 1862-5th may 1969

King's Lynn to Hunstanton Railway Maps Past & Present Film.

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King's Lynn to North Wootton

Well what better place to start than well the start of the line from Kings Lynn to Hunstanton than here at Kings Lynn terminus seen in the first two pictures as how the station looked when the line was open the year is unknown of these photos will be between 1967 and 1969 as the source of these pictures the line had been made a single line.

As you can see the buildings have not changed majorly over the past 50 years.The most major change will be inside with the electrification of the now Kings Lynn to kings cross fen line in 1992.

Kings Lynn railway station

King's Lynn Station in the historic town in Norfolk opened in 1846 after the Lynn Ely line opened

Also in 1846-1848 The lynn to Dereham opened 

1862 the Lynn Hunstanton Railway opened

1865 the M&GNJR South Lynn Station opened

1871 the currant station that still in use today opened

1911 the station changed its name from Lynn to King's Lynn

1959 The M&gnjr closes

1968 the Dereham branch closes

1969 May the Hunstanton branch closes

1992 the line to now King's cross is electrified between King's cross & Cambridge

2020 Kings Lynn still offers a hourly service into London via Cambridge & Ely

King's Lynn has 3 platforms and 2 in use 

Platform the old Hunstanton platform is still in use for London bound trains.

King's Lynn Station close to the closure of the Hunstanton branch late 1960s

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King's Lynn Station 2020

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King's Lynn station platform 2 past and present

The first two pictures are of unknown years of trains ready to depart to Hunstanton from Kings Lynn.

Both pictures are screen shot taken from films full credit to the Video production.

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platform 2 in 2020 

A class 387 stabled there waiting for departure to London Kings cross via Cambridge on the fen line.

Also now the platforms have over head electrification for the Kings Lynn,Kings cross formally London Liverpool Street route installed in the 1990s

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Platform one King's Lynn 

in 2020

A London King's Cross bound train awaits departure

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King's Lynn Junction

King's Lynn Junction just after the level crossing is where the railway lines branched off

 

Hunstanton to the left

Dereham branch closed 1968 straight ahead

London Liverpool Street now London King's Cross to the right

King's Lynn Junction.

Past & present maps.

Thanks to the national Library of Scotland 

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Short Past & present video from Kings Lynn Junction

Off to Hunstanton to the left.

Dereham straight ahead still in use now as freight line to Middleton Towers. 

To the right off to then Liverpool Street line.Now used for London kings cross services

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Tennyson avenue crossing taken in 2020 as you can see the King's Lynn Hunstanton line has completely gone 

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Kings lynn level crossing

Here we can see King's Lynn Junction with the track bed track removed.All that remains are the King's Lynn London line to the right and the King's Lynn Dereham line as far as Middleton towers going straight on.

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Here we see where the Hunstanton line would of ran before the line sadly closed from King's Lynn junction.

This photo was taken in December 2020.

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Next we head off to Wootton through gaywood past the two schools and under the foot bridge. As you can see the line bed is still clear and used as a cycle path for many years. 

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Next find were these two old concrete blocks.I have been told via Twitter that these are not supports from the old foot bridge but they are wwII Gun emplacements thanks for the information Thomas Smith

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The next part is the Gaywood road level crossing.The cottage is the only remain left there from the King's Lynn Hunstanton Railway to this day

Gaywood road level crossing

Here we see a dmu approaching the crossing in the first picture and the second picture the same view in 2020 as you can see the crossing has completely gone and part of the track bed lost to a fuel station.The year is unknown but close to closure as there are electric gates installed.The second pictures again show Gaywood crossing with a dmu crossing and the second picture taken on a Sunday morning in 2020.

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Gaywood level crossing past and present short film

After the old level crossing site we head towards the side of the north Lynn housing estate down past the side of the petrol station and strikes bowling alley. 

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Just after where the level crossing was at Gaywood road whilst heading towards Wootton there was this small river crossing Looks like the original bridge has totally gone and only this new footbridge in place in 2020.Maybe the brick work seen below was part of the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway

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Off now to the side of North Lynn going down the side of Reid way on the housing estate.The Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway line bed here is still a cycle way and sadly here is where the Lynn sport complex was built right over where the line passed and opened in august 1991.Stopping any future reopening from this old route at this part in anyway. I always said if there was to be a future line it could run off the now disused lynn Dereham line and branch off towards the Qe hospital 

Lynn sport complex sadly now blocking the line

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Here we see the new built North Lynn housing estate with the Hunstanton Line running to the right of the picture.seen here you can see there is no industrial estate or new bypass.The year is unknown but the line is doubled so would of been Before 1967

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The Line heading down past the north lynn housing estate in Kings Lynn towards where the after built North Lynn industrial estate and the A1078 North Lynn bypass linking up to the Kings Lynn docks now stands.

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North Lynn Reid way is now a cycle path on the old railway 

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Here we are looking from the other side of the a1078 bypass looking towards the Kings Lynn Hunstanton line facing towards Kings Lynn .The cycle path start can be seen just by the dog waste bin.This bypass was not here when the line was opened as it was built and opened in the early 80s for docks traffic and to keep hgvs out of the town centre

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After  North lynn and the A1078 the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton line went through private farm land and all I can see is its now used as private farm tracks and farm land up till North Wootton station 

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Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway facing towards North Wootton from the other side of the north Lynn bypass facing towards North Wootton/Hunstanton bound.This is private farm land and no access is allowed but from looking at various sites there is nothing remaining here.

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Just before Wootton halt station is the North Wootton scout and guide hut Built on the old sidings site.

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North Wootton to Wolferton station

Here we start at the next part of the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway inbetween North Wootton and Wolferton station.Here also a lot of the line is on private farm land and no access allowed to the line.Most of the part also is just a farm track and a demolished bridge over the river babingly.Many thanks to www.gergraph.org.uk for the information and permission to use the photos.

 

 North Wootton station in 2020 

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Former North Wootton signal box now at Leeming bar heritage railway.

Credit to Ashley Dace via geograph

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Gate keepers lane North Wootton where the line used to cross there was once a level crossing here

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Many thanks to Richard Humphrey for use of these pictures taken and posted to www.geograph.org.uk of the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway between gate keepers lane North Wootton and Wolferton station

The first picture is a old railway building over grown and I Am not sure if this still remains to this day

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These next two pictures  kindly used with permission from Richard Humphrey shows the lineHeading up towards the now demolished babingly river crossing bridge that has been removed some years ago.It stood just past the metal gates.

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Here is the approach to Wolferton seen from the air. With the line roughly made out crossing the field past the church and off to North Wootton.

Wolferton station can be seen to the bottom right of the picture.

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Seen here is Wolferton church and the gate house photographed from the road just down slightly from where the line would of crossed.

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These old screen shots taken show the line when open heading towards Wolferton station when the line was open you can see the village church and gate house up ahead

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The Gate house at Wolferton in 2020

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After the gate house the line crossed a field approaching Wolferton royal station on the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway as seen here in 2020 

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Approaching Wolferton station year unknown

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Wolferton to Dersingham Station

 

Next on we have Wolferton to Dersingham station segment of this website.like all other stations both opened in 1862 until its closure in May 1969

Wolferton royal station to this day is been restored into amazing condition.Dersingham also has been kept in amazing condition and recently the station house has been renovated and used for housing once again.Dersingham station for many years has been used by a local builders merchant Semba trading 

 

Here we see the amazingly restored Wolferton royal station in 2020.The work and passion gone into this station is amazing please visit the Wolferton web page for more history and information on this amazing historical site

This was the royal station since Sandringham Estate was brought in 1862 by purchased by the Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VII.The station was used by the royal family as was just under 3 miles away from the Sandringham Estate in norfolk.

The station also saw at least three royal funeral processions: Queen Alexandra in 1925, King George V in 1936 and King George VI in 1952.On 11 February 1952 the body of King George VI, who had died at Sandringham on 6 February, was taken to King's Cross and thousands lined the Cambridge main line to pay their respects.The last royal train to call at the station was in sadly in 1966

Please look at Wolferton Stations amazing website the link is below its amazing site with amazing Royal Railway photographs

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Wolferton Station after the snow 12th February 2021
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Wolferton royal station in the snow

They certainly don't make them like they used to the work gone into this is amazing and full credit to owners .Here is the station seen from the front entrance now called the clock house. 

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Now we see the amazingly built station house at Wolferton station.The work again gone into keeping this building in this condition is full credit to the owners well done to all those involved.  

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Station house front gate seen with the Wolferton signal box to the side.

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Wolferton station house seen behind the village sign in 2020

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Next we have some pictures from Wolferton station whilst the line was still in use.See the second picture in the distance stands the station house

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Dmu waiting departure to either Kings Lynn or hunstanton At wolferton Railway Station Between 1967 & 1969 as the line has been made into a single line Railway

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Many thanks to the owner of Wolferton station who whilst I was delivering to his premises and got talking to this amazing person gave me these post cards that I have kept for many years thanks again.These are the original postcards just scanned for web use.

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This picture taken from the top of Wolferton cliffs basically shows the route between Wolferton and on way to Dersingham the tree line basically just inside there is where the old railway sat and some of the bed to this day rests.

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After leaving Wolferton station the line turned slightly right heading into Dersingham bog past the Wolferton cliff line The first picture is looking ahead to Dersingham and the second picture is from Wolferton woods in 2020 and the third is from the past looking to the rear of the train towards Wolferton.

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Next we head off towards Dersingham through the woods line through the Wolferton/dersingham bog area here some parts are a bit over grown but more Dersingham side.The Wolferton side looks maintained by Sandringham Estate forestry yard.

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What looks to be a old sleeper left behind during the removal of the Kings Lynn Hunstanton line.

Also seen close by was this old railway fence part left behind.

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Kings lynn hunstanton railway remain

Here pretty much half way just after the small lake the old line becomes over grown up to Dersingham A149 bypass it is passable but be carful trust me it takes a bit of bulldozing in parts to get through but only parts some are loads easier than others. 

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Close to Dersingham A149 I found these old relics left behind from the railway the top two pictures are fence remains and the third seems to be some sort of railway box maybe electrical not sure if you know feel free to mail me.

Also seen in the pictures the trusty old bike dragged through bushes to get this far.

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Close to where the line now crosses the New built a149 Dersingham Snettisham bypass is this last piece of path before i came out by the Pine cones caravan park close to the A149

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Here again we have a aerial shot facing Wolferton shot from Dersingham side.

You can see the tree line from where the line used to run.

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The second aerial shot was taken from the same spot but facing Dersingham Station as seen in the distance.

Also seen is the A149 bypass & pinecones caravan park.

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Approaching Dersingham where the 5 bar gate is in the first picture is roughly where the line crossed the A149 bypass in Dersingham. As seen in the Second picture. Then across the bypass the line would of ran roughly where the sound barrier bank is to stop the noise from the A149 bypass.

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Here we see the approach to Dersingham station from wolferton close to where the A149 now stands 

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Part of what would of been Dersingham sidings in summer 2020 taken at Dersingham station what is now Semba trading.

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Train approaching Dersingham from Wolferton.

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Many thanks for looking that's the end of the Wolferton to Dersingham part .

Next we will see Dersingham to Snettisham part of the line.

Dersingham to Snettisham 

 

Welcome to www.kingslynnhunstantonrailway.com Dersingham to Snettisham Station section on the now closed Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway line Closed may 1969

Dersingham is very similar in design to North Wootton station.

Dersingham had 2 platforms and freight sidings in the early days 

Dersingham also had a foot bridge connecting both platforms

The old station hotel buildings still survives to this day as do the old workers houses.

Dersingham station as seen in the pictures below become a single line during the later days of the line.

Also with electric level crossing gates.

Once the line closed the station remains in tact and used as a builders merchant Semba trading.

After Dersingham we see Ingoldisthorpe crossing.Then the rest of the walk until as far as we can get at Snettisham. Snettisham was pretty much the start of the coastal part of the line.Even though not classed as a coastal village unlike Heacham and Hunstanton was.Snettisham was more coastal than Wolferton and Dersingham was having left the marsh,Heath land behind from Wolferton And Dersingham bog/wash..Also Snettisham had the first  beach on the line more mud and stone than Heacham and Hunstanton's sand and stone beach.

Snettisham beach was quite a fair way away from the Village station what was a few miles up in the main Village.

Snettisham station also had 4 sidings for freight use .Some of the buildings survive to this day in 2020 as you will see in the pictures below.Snettisham station also survives and is used as a residential house.As do some of the old Station buildings from the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway.Some converted into new flats/houses Called if I remember the sidings estate

In 2004, the signal box was moved to Hardingham on the Mid-Norfolk Railway

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The half way point on the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway

The platforms are Now used as a builders merchant semba trading as are the land from the old sidings

The station house in the past few years has been restored to its former glory

Dersingham station close to closure as you can see the line here has already been made into a single line 

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Dersingham Railway Station in summer 2020 now operating as a builders merchant in the village.Also as you can see how the Station house has recently been done up and now used as accomadition

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Just over the road from Dersingham Railway Station we have the workers houses built for the railway workers.

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Here We see the Alexandra hotel Railway hotel.Now used for Residential use in 2020.The Alexandra hotel opened in 1891 and closed in 1901 and looks according to records was used as a pub until 1937.Just after the old Hotel we can see the work railway work houses.

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Please look at the link below from Dersingham information and look to the bottom for the story's wrote by Dersingham residents who remember the railway.Some amazing story's there

Dersingham station departure during the line being open year unknown

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The view now in 2020 from the public foot path in Dersingham going from Dersingham to Ingoldisthorpe crossing and then over the Drift road and onto Snettisham Station in Norfolk.This foot path is clear all the way to Ingoldisthorpe crossing and then most of the way to Snettisham station but sadly just before Snettisham station.The land is clear but private farm land stopping you understandably going into the residence of the now disused Snettisham private Station.This walk is used daily by many villagers for dog walking, jogging,and general recreational use and is widely know as the railway walk.No parts are over grown at all between both stations or built on.Just private land leading up to Snettisham Station.But the diversion past the Snettisham water mill is amazing another preserved building in Snettisham .After the mill you come out onto a estate called the old coal yard.leaving the old coal yard you come onto Snettisham station road a few hundred yards from the old station buildings.And Snettisham station can just be seen from the main road.

From Dersingham side coming from Kings Lynn turn left at the traffic lights by the park and head all the way down Dersingham Station road and down the hill.See the old station houses on the right hand side opposite the old station building.

Now semba Trading.And see the sign for the public foot path walk.

View from the old Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway looking towards Dersingham station on the public railway walk between Dersingham station road and the Drift road in Ingoldisthorpe where the Ingoldisthorpe crossing was.

 

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Next we head off facing towards Ingoldisthorpe crossing this part is in the now woods public foot path half way between the crossing and Dersingham station.Just past the 4x4 private owned track built just to the side of where the line ran.If you look close you can still see the fence line.

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This picture is facing towards Dersingham from Ingoldisthorpe level crossing from the now public foot path on the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway remains.

Ingoldisthorpe sports club can be seen in the distance

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Ingoldisthorpe Level crossing

Next we head to ingoldisthorpe level crossing down the drift Ingoldisthorpe.Just by the bus stop and sports and social club

Ingoldisthorpe crossing view from Dersingham station heading towards Snettisham during the line being open

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Dmu passes Ingoldisthorpe crossing during the final years.

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It's said that this picture was taken on the lines last day possible 1969.

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These next pictures show what was I take it a electrical box used for the level crossing in it's later days just before where the crossing would of stood before closure in may 1969

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Here we can see where the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway would of crossed the Drift at Ingoldisthorpe in 2020

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Ingoldisthorpe crossing cottage photographed with permission from very friendly owner 

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Next view is passing the crossing cottage on the final short stage of the line facing towards Snettisham station.This small part past the crossing cottage is private but just up there is a public footpath that will take you round the other side of the cottage and back on the public path .This part of the walk won't take you as far as the station sadly and understandably.The land at Snettisham partly is private farm land and residential land.Just before you need to turn right and walk down the side of a field and then past Snettisham water mill and through the coal yard housing estate.Then turn left at station road Snettisham and walk a few hundred yards to see the old station buildings and signal left behind from the line

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Here we you can see a small past and present video of the crossing here at
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Next in-between Ingoldisthorpe crossing and Snettisham railway station here are some various pictures from the public footpath with some farm crossings shown. 

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As far as you can walk with respecting the owners wishes.The house ahead is not the station but a farm houseThe station neighbours the station is behind the trees to the right of the picture.The land here is owned by Wootton march farms and ask people not to walk this part.But to turn right just before here and walk past Snettisham water mill.

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Aerial shot of the old track bed now a public walk between Ingoldisthorpe crossing and Snettisham.Ingoldisthorpe crossing can be seen in the distance

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Snettisham station approach viewed from the air.Here can be seen where the station is situated and the new beach road lay out just after the A149.Also seen in the distance is ken hill where the line curved round.

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Thanks for looking at this part of  Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway remains page.From Dersingham to Snettisham

 

Here is where the walk ends next up is Snettisham to Heacham

 

Snettisham to Heacham Line

Welcome to www.kingslynnhunstantonrailway.com coverage on the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway .

From Snettisham to Heacham railway station in Norfolk.

Snettisham like all other station along the line opened in 1862 until closure in may 1969 

Snettisham was the first coastal station on the line even though the station was no where near the coast of Snettisham as the station was sited close to the village of Snettisham

Snettisham was the end of the double tracked part of the line and was always single tracked from here to hunstanton.Even before the cost cutting attempts to save the line nearer the lines end of life.

Snettisham not only had the railway station but also had railway sheds and 4 sidings sited close to the station at Snettisham.

This part from Snettisham and heacham was the first part I covered in may 2020 after biking round the coast i had traced the line on google maps many times before and once with mates as children in the late 80's early 90's I remember biking along this lines path as children.

So here we started during the covid pandemic and norfolk being lovely and quiet .I went for a bike ride from Dersingham to Snettisham beach and on the way back I see the old railway building that can be seen from Snettisham beach road.And also used as Norfolks disused railways.com home screen photo.In the distance so off I went up to ken hill woods and managed to get onto the old line with out trespassing on the farm land by the beach road signed private.To the old line between Snettisham and Heacham I was quite amazed how open and clear the line was from here to Heacham long acres caravan site.I biked from Snettisham to heacham and along the line met some lovely people and the farm owner whilst photographing the old railway building who was fine with me photographing this old remain on the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway.After getting to heacham i turned back and then biked to Snettisham and then done the line from Snettisham to Dersingham.Then following weekends managed to track the rest of the line where possible.And then off to the rest of norfolk looking at various lines and remains in norfolk.But Snettisham to heacham part even though not my home village was where this page all started from on the 9th of may 2020 from beach road Snettisham by ken hill woods.

Snettisham station & buildings 

Snettisham station whilst open the top picture shows a dmu in later days approaching Snettisham.

With the line still double tracked.

 

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In this picture we can see the line from Snettisham looking towards Dersingham-kings lynn showing the curve as it approached Snettisham.Im guessing that the gates are access to the farm house 

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Snettisham station close to closure as seen the Station has lost its double Track and the Disused Signal box is in poor sad condition

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Next we see Snettisham station in may 2020 taken from the road.This is as close as you can get to the station from the main road

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Snettisham station buildings past and present

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Vynne & Everitt's granary