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King's Lynn To Hunstanton Railway
Past & Present

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

Past and present history page.

 

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

 

King's Lynn

North Wootton

Wolferton

Dersingham

Snettisham

Heacham

&

Hunstanton Railway terminus.

 

The King's Lynn to Hunstanton Railway Line is the most local of Norfolk's closed railway lines to me, and & I have enjoyed finding out the history and what parts still remain to this day.

Even Including all the cuts, bruises, and arguments with some of the overgrown parts along this long-lost railway.

 

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 took lots of the photos to make this website using my trusty Nikon d800 or my trusty iPhone8, go pro 7, and my mountain bike.

 

I have also done lots of research with the help from. 

 

Google maps

wwwrailmapsonline.com,

www.gergraph.org.uk 

www.wolfertonroyalstation.co.uk

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

Tvp videos dvd's

 

Another great source I found was the book.

The Oakwood press King's Lynn to Hunstanton Railway 

&

The West Norfolk branch book that is available to buy online.

 

Most past pictures have been sourced from many places across the web.

Lots of the pictures have been from screenshots from films. 

(future uncertain, John Betjeman goes by train)

 

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

To all that have helped, I can't thank you all enough.

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

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

King's Lynn in 1846 was 16 miles away from Hunstanton and 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 built in 1846 to Ely.

Also lines from Dereham to King's Lynn, The brambly line to March via Wisbech from the Watlington junction, and the M&gn at South Lynn were also in planning.

Hunstanton needed a railway to put Hunstanton on the map as a seaside resort for holidaymakers to be able to reach Hunstanton.

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

 

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

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

When the line was first opened it was a single lined railway with passing points at stations along the route.

By the 1900s, most stations and the line had been altered somehow.

In the 1890s, the risk of running a royal train along a single line was not seen as practical, so the line between King's Lynn and Wolferton along the six-and-a-half mile route was doubled and included the rebuilding of both North Wootton and also Wolferton into the station we see to this day.

The line inbetween Wolferton and Snettisham was doubled soon after and the short part inbetween Snettisham and Heacham stayed a single railway line with a passing poing at Heacham.

 

Hunstanton saw tremendous growth due to the railway bringing holidaymakers in from all over the country, and in 1937, Hunstanton had four platforms that were all lengthened to carry longer trains in the summer months.

During its peak, trains could have 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 looked into unprofitable lines across the UK.  

Dr Richard Beeching was brought in to look into non-profitable lines across the UK.

 

The Heacham Wells branch was one of them, stopping services to passengers on 2nd June 1952.

The Heacham wells line 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 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 increasing,  BR said the line was losing £40,000 a year.

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

Many have said the line was profitable but closed due to the British railway's mismanagement.

It stopped London through services, slashing 80% of its revenue overnight.

 

Also, the m&gnjr had closed, stopping trains coming in from the North and Midlands.

That had closed in 1959

 

All the line relied on now was local use, with a cheaper bus service that could also drop and pick passengers up closer to their homes. 

Its also been said that due to the railway not always serving local villages in busy periods and that the local services on busy summer days were not used as express trains were given priority, the local villagers turned to the bus service.

Feeling cut off from their railway service.

 

Private car ownership was also on the increase. 

Making the line less essential and needed.

The queen also consented to King's Lynn becoming the new royal station. 

The line closed in May 1969

In 2020, all that remained were the old coal sheds, a signal, a memorial, and an 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 remains a private residence, as do Snettisham,

Dersingham remains as a builder's yard, 

Wolferton remains in fantastic condition,

North Wootton is also used as private accommodation,

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeline

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 Parliament granted the Lynn & Hunstanton railway a royal assent

& The Lynn Hunstanton railway was born.

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

The line's appointed engineer was John Sutherland Valentine.

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 3rd 1862, the first train steamed into service.

The initial service provided three return trains from Lynn to Hunstanton, leaving Lynn at 9.05.  12.25 and 3.25.  The return journeys left Hunstanton at 10.20, 2.00 and 4.45.

In February 1862, the royal family purchased the Sandringham estate, 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 the 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, King George V's 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 an hour arriving in the morning.

And they were departing back home at night time in busy periods.

 

1948 Britain's railways were nationalised.

 

The 1950s Saw the line's use decline.

 

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 from South Lynn.

1960's The government became worried about some of Britain's railway lines making little or no profit.

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

Car use increased even more, making the railways less popular.

1961 Dr Richard Beeching was appointed to reshape Britain's 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.

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 single line track the entire 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 I Saw the Sandringham hotel at Hunstanton pulled down.

 

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

 

Before 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

King's Lynn would be Sandringham estate's new

local railway station.

 

Starting the way for the closure of the line.

1969 The last day arrived.

 

 

 

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

10:16 pm 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 team reached Snettisham. Soon after the whole line had disappeared, all that remained were the stations that were sold off the following year.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Time line
the route

The Route

The route of the Hunstanton Branch started at King's Lynn. Most services departed  from Platform number 2

Leaving Kings Lynn, the Hunstanton bound train would have passed one of two signal boxes with an engine shed and vast goods sidings to the left before crossing Tennyson Avenue level crossing and the second Signal box called Kings Lynn Junction.

Going past the King's Lynn Junction signal box, the Hunstanton Branch turned off to the left, the Dereham branch straight ahead, and the London Ely Cambridge line turned off to the right.

Once the line had passed King's Lynn Junction, the line kept bearing right, going under a foot bridge and passing King Edward VII and Gaywood Park schools.

Once passing the schools, the line straightened, headed towards Gaywood Road crossing, and then headed off passing the built-in the railways later days some of the North Lynn Housing estate.

Once the line passed through North Lynn, it headed off towards North Wootton Through Marshland, curving slightly to the right and approaching North Wotton Station.

 

Before entering North Wootton, there was a level crossing and a small goods yard just before the station.

Leaving North Wootton station, the Hunstanton Bound trains crossed a level crossing at gatekeepers lane at North Wootton Before heading off to their next destination.

 

The Royal Station Wolferton.

Between North Wootton and Wolferton, the line passed through marshland, only crossing the River Babingley.

Approaching Wolferton Station, the passenger's first site of Wolferton would have been saint Peters church to the right before crossing over the first Crossing at Wolferton, then crossing over a field before passing the second Crossing with the fantastic built Signal box and railway houses and also the station managers house.

After the level crossing, the train would have arrived at the royal station Wolferton.

This station was like no others on the line, having been built to very high standards for a Royal arrival.

Once leaving the Royal Wolferton station, the train line curved slightly right through Heath land, passing the old Wolferton Cliffs and headed off towards Dersingham station.

The line Now started to curve slightly to the left before going straight into Dersingham Station.

Before arriving at Dersingham, Passengers would have also seen a small goods yard here at Dersingham.

Once left Dersingham, the train would have crossed the station road level crossing with the Alexandra hotel and the railway workers' houses seen to the right.

The line went straight between Dersingham and Snettisham, crossing over a level crossing at Ingoldisthorpe.

Just Before Ingoldisthorpe level crossing, the line started to curve to the left approaching Snettisham Station.

Once at Snettisham station, the train left for its next stop. Heacham passengers at Snettisham would have seen a goods yard and a large granary as they left Snettisham station.

Leaving Snettisham station, the trains carried on a gentle curve shortly before going on a straight trajectory crossing the Beach road level crossing and following the beach road for a short time before bearing right, leaving the road behind and heading off through a cutting towards Heacham.

Just Before the crossing here at Snettisham beach road, the line went into a single-track configuration to Hunstanton with a passing point at Heacham.

Here at Snettisham, the passengers would have had the first sight of the Norfolk coastline a long way off in the distance.

The line now straightened up and headed off towards Heacham station, passing level land and through fields and to be seen in the near distance Ken Hill.

Before arriving at Heacham, the line crossed the South Beach road level crossing. It then approached another level crossing at Heacham North Beach before arriving at Heacham station, where there was a passing loop here to allow the trains from the single line to pass.

Heacham also had a platform for trains to Wells Next to sea, the West Norfolk branch.

Trains left Heacham on a straight trajectory to Hunstanton, passing the West Norfolk Junction to the right with a line off to Wells Next to sea.

Passing through fields, the train came to its next Crossing, the South Beach Road crossing here at Hunstanton.

The train was shortly going to arrive at Hunstanton's station whilst passing an engine shed, a turntable, and extensive sidings that were used to stable passenger coach trains arriving from all over the country during the railway's heydays.

The Train would now arrive at one of Hunstanton's many platforms that housed trains from all over the country, bringing holidaymakers into Hunstanton's seaside town.

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Kings Lynn to North wootton

King's Lynn

to

North Wootton

Renamed from Bishops Lynn King's Lynn, a 15th-century port and market town was situated on the East coast.

Bishops Lynn maybe originated in the 10th century and was recorded in the 11th century.

 

King's Lynn town started the now-closed Great Eastern railway route to the Norfolk coastal town of Hunstanton.

King's Lynn also had services to Dereham, Wisbech & March via a junction at Watlington station that was sited on the London via Cambridge and Ely line that also ran from King's Lynn.

King's Lynn Station

King's Lynn Station was in Norfolk's 15th-century port & market town; the original station opened in 1846 after the Lynn, Ely railway line opened.

Also, in 1846-1848, The Lynn to Dereham railway line opened.

 

1848 The Bramley line opened from Magdalen road station at Watlington to Wisbech & March.

Watlington junction, at the then Magdalen road station, is where the march-bound trains headed off; it was a few miles from King's Lynn station on the Lynn to Ely railway line.

1862 the Lynn Hunstanton Railway opened.

 

1865 the M&GN South Lynn Station opened.

1871 The station that is still in use today opened.

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

1959 The M&gnjr line closes.

1968 the Dereham branch closes.

1969 May, the Hunstanton branch closes.

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

When first opened in 1846, King's Lynn station was just an essential wooden building.

In 1871 the station we see at King's Lynn that we see today opened.

In 1865 the M&gn railway opened up at South Lynn, taking services off to Hunstanton from a railway link at the Harbour junction at South Lynn that connected the Fen line up to the M&gn and gave the Hunstanton line a link to Spalding, Sutton bridge, Peterborough using the M&gn railway network.

Up to twenty daily services would have used the shuttle line between King's Lynn town station and the M&gn at South Lynn during the busy summer months.

During the quiet winter months, the junction would have been used less by passenger services, but freight movements would also use the junction.

King's Lynn also had connections to Dereham with its direct route from King's Lynn station, and there was also a line to March and Wisbech via a junction at

Watlington | Magdalen road.

In 1871 a new brick building was built and still stands today.

The new station at Kings Lynn had two double-sided platforms built with four dead-end lines.

Kings Lynn station would have been a bustling junction during busy periods as all the trains heading for Hunstanton had to reverse here as there was no direct route to the Hunstanton line junction.

The access to the Hunstanton line ran the opposite way from the lines from Ely and the M&gn, making all trains reverse at King's Lynn.

King's Lynn, with services to Ely, Cambridge, London, Dereham, Wisbech & March on top of the holiday excursion traffic, was a hectic place at times of the year, especially with some of the Hunstanton special trains being long rakes with restaurant cars added from the long trip from London.

The signal workers at the time would have been very busy compared to today's traffic movements.

It's been said that trains during busy periods could have been ten minutes apart during the active summer months.

Also, at king's Lynn, there was a vast freight yard with many sidings and access to king's Lynn docks and Dow chemicals via a small line between the town and the Docks.

Kings Lynn did have an engine shed at the side of its platforms in between the vast goods yard and the station's platforms.

 

This engine shed was of good use as some Hunstanton services could have had an engine already waiting at King's Lynn to take the train on the final part of its journey to Hunstanton.

All the trains that used the engine sheds had to gain access to the station's platforms via the King's Lynn Junction up the line close to where the lines branched off to either Dereham, Hunstanton, or Ely.

Or via a small head shunt close to the east end of the station's platforms.

Between the main engine shed and the platforms stood a turntable that was said to have been 52 feet and capable of turning a 4-6-0 engine.

Also, at Kings Lynn, there was another small engine shed to the south side called the Royal engine shed.

This was used to stable the green Claude engines, usually numbers 8783,8787, whilst they were not at work with Royal duties when the royal family were down at Sandringham.

Trains were stabled at King's Lynn, as Wolferton had no facilities for maintaining and keeping the engines in pristine condition.

 

Fit for the royal family. 

Many Royal services had engines waiting at Kings Lynn to attach onto the rear and take the special services off to Wolferton to save time.

All Royal Funeral trains that had left Wolferton once at King's Lynn would have another engine attached to the rear of the train to take the special funeral train off to London and save waiting for the engine to turn around, keeping valuable time and security risk with the train sat still at the platform.

Also, the royal trains arriving from Wolferton, if they were to attach to the other end of the train, would be reversing from either Wolferton to King's Lynn or From King's Lynn to London.

Without using a turntable.

Kings Lynn had two Signal boxes. One still stands and is still in use to this day when writing this part in 2022  

In time, all the operations are expected to be controlled by a control centre at Cambridge.

 

The first signal box was King's Lynn station, sited at the platforms' East end.

This signal box had a 76-frame Saxby & farmer frame.

Also situated at the station box was a vast and complex semaphore signal system.

Both the signal and the box have been demolished.

The second box was Kings Lynn Junction and is still used daily for fen-line services to London King's Cross and morning services to London Liverpool Street.

Via Cambridge

The King's Lynn Junction box controlled the lines going off to Hunstanton, Dereham, and London via Ely Cambridge.

The Kings Lynn Junction box was said to have housed an 80-lever frame.

 

Down the line at the Harbour junction was another small signal box that controlled the M&gn connection from the south Lynn station that linked up to the Fen line for Hunstanton trains to travel to Spalding and Peterborough via Sutton Bridge.

This small box had a 36 Saxby frame installed inside the signal box.

King's Lynn station today.

Kings Lynn station remains unchanged a lot to this day.

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

& Also has a Morning service to London Liverpool Street.

The Ely, Cambridge part of the line was electrified in the nighties linking the line up to London for electric through trains, making no need for either changing trains or the train changing the locomotive at Cambridge.

I remember travelling to London as a child from King's Lynn and changing from a class 47 Diesel loco to an Electric locomotive at Cambridge.

The cafe at King's Lynn station remains open and used daily.

In 2010 the cafe celebrated its centenary anniversary.

There are still four railway lines serving King's Lynn station, with two used for stabling duties and platform one being the primary platform used for the daily services in and out of the platform to the capital.

Platform two, used for Hunstanton and Dereham services, is still used for stabling duties and departures, primarily early morning services and late night arrivals.

The Hunstanton branch line has long been taken up, and there is no trace whatsoever that a line once left King's Lynn for the Norfolk coast.

The Dereham line is still in use as far as Middleton Towers from King's Lynn junction for freight carrying silica sand to glass production plants.

Kings Lynn docks line has also closed, and part of this long lost freight line remains that the freight trains from Middleton towers still use as a turnaround point before heading off towards Ely.

Once closed to passengers, the M&gn stayed open to the Sugarbeet factory at South Lynn for freight movements.

South Lynn station has been demolished, and no sign of the old station is left.

Two steel bridges at South Lynn, the old Shuttle line bridge, and an old Bridge left behind from the M&gn can be seen on both pages. 

Bridges of South Lynn and the Lynn Fakenham M&gn line.

The vast goods yard and the engine sheds have long been demolished and are now built over with a supermarket and other shopping outlets.

The old malthouse remains and has now been converted into private flats.

Out of the three signal boxes, only one remains and, at this time, is still in daily use at King's Lynn junction; sadly, in time, this box is expected to close, and a control centre at Cambridge will take control of the junction and the level crossing.

Just past the level crossing on the old Dereham line, a new stabling point has been built to stable 8-car Emu trains that are now used on the Lynn to London Fenline, replacing 4-car units.

A holiday excursion train entering King's Lynn station with the King's Lynn station signal box seen in this picture; also in this picture is the vast semaphore signal system, used many years back, just seen in the distance.

Credit : Ben Brooksbank

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

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King's Lynn Station

 

Photographed in 2020

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King's Lynn station early morning, taken in between the Christmas and the New year break in 2022

King's Lynn station platform two, past and present.

The year of the first two pictures are unknown, and of two different trains ready to depart to Hunstanton from King's Lynn.

As both pictures are DMUs they are most likely to have been in the 1960s

Both pictures are screenshots taken from films, and full credit goes to the Video production company.

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Platform two in 2020 

Class 387 stabled on a Sunday, waiting for departure to London King's cross via Cambridge on the Fen line.

Also, now the platforms have overhead electrification for the Kings Lynn, King's cross, formally the London Liverpool Street route.

The overhead lines were installed in the 1990s between Cambridge and London, making the whole line electrified to London.

Cambridge to London had been electrified some years before.

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An empty King's Lynn station. This photograph was taken mid-week from the Morrisons delivery access road.

 

The closest platform we can see is Platform 2, where the Hunstanton & Dereham Trains departed.

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Platform one King's Lynn in 2020

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A London King's Cross bound train awaits departure.

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King's Lynn Junction

Just after the level crossing, King's Lynn Junction is where the railway lines branched off.

Hunstanton to the left

Dereham branch line that closed in 1968 straight ahead.

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

King's Lynn Junction.

1900s map of Kings Lynn Junction.

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland, you can see the Hunstanton & Dereham & also the London line on this map.

To the left, the docks freight line can also be seen going off to the North end of King's Lynn.

King's Lynn Junction

King's Lynn Past & Present video of King's Lynn Junction.

The old map is dated from the early 1900s

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for the maps used in the making of this short film.

Short Past & present film from

Kings Lynn Junction

The Hunstanton Line can be seen to the left in the old picture; in the new version, you can see no trace is left of this old line.

 

The Line to Middleton Towers on the old Dereham line lies straight ahead, with the still-in-use London line to running to the left.

The line to the left was for the Hunstanton Branch line.

The line  straight ahead was for the Dereham branch.

The Line to the Right was for the London Liverpool Street line.

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Kings lynn hunstanton railway remains

Tennyson avenue crossing this photograph was taken in 2020.

 

As you can see, the King's Lynn to Hunstanton line has completely gone. 

This photo was taken before the 8-car stabling points were installed just past where the Lynn to London line runs off to the right, and they were installed on the short part of the old Lynn Dereham line.

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Here we can see the King's Lynn Junction with the track bed track still in place the year of this photograph is unknown.

 

Credit to the photographer is also unknown.

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King's Lynn junction with the Hunstanton branch line having been taken up, and the points have also gone.

All that remains is the track bed off to the left and some posts blocking off this sadly long-lost line.

The year is unknown but will be pre-1969 and most likely in the 1970s as the track has all been lifted.

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A double-engine steam train at King's Lynn junction is likely coming from  Middleton towers sand freight line off the Dereham branch.

The Hunstanton branch is seen to the left.

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

I found no trace what so ever that this was the old track bed for the Hunstanton trains.

 

 

This photo was taken in December 2020.

Kings Lynn Hunstanton railway track bed

Next, we head off to North Wootton through Gaywood, past the two schools and under the footbridge.

This picture shows a steam engine heading around the curve towards Gaywood junction, with the line here still doubled-tracked.

The year is unknown.

The credit for this photograph is unknown and was found via a Facebook group.

 

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What's said to be a Royal train, a Claud 4-4-0  number 2614, going through Gaywood heading towards North Wootton on to its destination. 

Royal Wolferton station.

This picture was said to be from the Lynn News archives and was published via a Facebook group.

The following two pictures show a DMU leaving King's Lynn towards Gaywood Junction.

These pictures are taken from the Future uncertain film and would have been from between 1967 & 1969 as the line here was made into a simple railway with a single line.

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The following pictures show how the old railway bed is now used as a public cycle footpath between Tennyson Avenue and Gaywood road, passing past two of King's Lynn's schools.

The track bed is obstructed at no point along this public Walkway/Cycle path.

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The next find was this concrete support.

 

I have been told via Twitter that the picture is not supports from the old footbridge but is a WWII Gun spigot mortar emplacement left behind from the war. 

Thanks for the information, Thomas Smith.

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Next, I found this concrete support hidden in the overgrowth.

This could be either be a support from the foot bridge or from one of the old Semaphore signals left behind.

More likely a remnant of the old footbridge.

Please feel free to tweet me with any information. @NORFOLKSDISUSED

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After the cycle path from King's Lynn junction.

The next part we arrive at is the Gaywood road level crossing.

The cottage is the only remaining part left here from the King's Lynn Hunstanton Railway.

The crossing cottage to this day is still here and used as a private residence, and there are no other signs of where a railway used to cross over the road many years ago.

Gaywood road level crossing

Here we see a DMU approaching the crossing in the first picture, and in the second picture, the same view in 2020 as you can see the level crossing has completely gone, and part of the track bed has been lost to a fuel station. The year is unknown, but it was close to the closure of the railway as there were electric gates installed.

Also, the line was a simple single-track line, so it was close to the closure of the railway.

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Below we see a DMU crossing over the Level crossing at Gaywood road.

The year this photograph was taken is unknown, as is the photographer of this picture.

 

In both pictures, you can see where the crossing cottage sits at Gaywood road.  

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The following photograph we see is the crossing cottage at Gaywood road.

This photo was taken in 2020 

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Below there is a short past & present film that I made about the 

Gaywood road level crossing.

After where the old level crossing once sat, we started to head towards the side of the north Lynn housing estate down past the petrol station side and the bowling alley. 

The path is still clear here, but the construction of the fuel station has taken up some of the space where the line once ran.

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Just after the petrol station site, we crossed over this bride.

This looks like the original bridge has gone, and only this newer footbridge was in place in 2020.

Maybe the brickwork seen below was part of where the King's Lynn to Hunstanton Railway crossed this small river crossing in King's Lynn??

Please Tweet if you have any information.

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Salters Road Junction-Crossing

Before we get to Lynn sport, we see Salters Road. Looking back at some 1900s maps, there was going to be a junction linking up the M&gn South Lynn to Fakenham-Melton Constable line to a new station site in Kings Lynn town centre crossng the Hunstanton branch line and using the Docks railway, but looking at 1900s ordnance survey maps, the line was abandoned.

Salters road used to run over the Lynn Hunstanton branch, and to this day, the road is cut short at Lynn sport. The other part can be found across the North Lynn Housing estate just off the Main Columbia way road on the other side of the housing estate.

 

Looking at Google maps, the area where the abandoned line ran was across the wasteland, but in April 2022, when I photographed Salters road, the land was now part of the Greenland park housing development, and no trace in any way could be found of what might have been this junction.

During the railway days, though pre-1969 Lynn sport and Greenland park never existed, the land here was clear, as seen in historical maps.

Was there a level crossing here or a small unmanned crossing?

I'm unsure and can't find any information via the Internet or books if there was a crossing here.

Salters Road past map dated the early 1900s

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Salters road, taken in April 2022

You can see Salters road here in these pictures in April 2022 

The road bollards are roughly where the old Hunstanton line would have once run.

This picture was taken from Salters Road facing where the old Junction if was built would have ran.Lynn sport would have been to the right of this picture and the public footpath to Gaywood road is to the left.

At this point was there a level crossing please feel free to get in contact any information is very helpful.

Thanks in advance.

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Salters Road junction site.

Here we see Salters road at King's Lynn photographed standing from Lynn Sport car park facing where the junction or level crossing would have stood.

 

This photo was taken in

April 2022

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More information on the Salters M&gn Junction can be found on the

South Lynn Fakenham line page 

Please click me for the Salters junction M&Gn page.

Next, we go off down the side of the North Lynn housing estate, going down the side of Reid way.

 

Sadly, the Kings Lynn Hunstanton track bed is still a cycleway and is clear until we reach where the Lynn sports complex was built right over where the line once laid.

 

Lynn Sport opened up in august 1991 and blocked the possibility of the line reopening in any way at this point.

 

 

I always said if there was to be a line built in the future, it could run off the now-disused Lynn-Dereham line and branch off towards the Qe hospital.

Or maybe use the still clear Docks line and head off to North Wootton. 

The Lynn sports complex seen below sadly is now blocking the old track bed.

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Not related to the King's Lynn to Hunstanton railway.

 

At Lynn sport, there was this miniature railway on site when I visited. 

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Here we see the newly built North Lynn housing estate with the Hunstanton Line running to the right of the picture.

 

Also seen here, you can see there is no industrial estate or new bypass. The year is unknown, but the line is doubled so that it would have been Before 1967

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Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway

 

Leaving the Lynn sport complex behind.

 

The Line now heads 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 that links the Kings Lynn docks to the A149.

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North Lynn Reid way.

The old track bed seen here is now used as a busy cycle path.

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Here we are looking at the start of the cycle path from the other side of the A1078 bypass towards Kings Lynn.

The start of the cycle path can be seen just by the dog waste bin.

 

This bypass was not here when the line was open as it was built and opened in the early 80s for docks traffic and to keep HGVs out of the town centre.

If the railway was to ever need to be reopened this would be the first site that a new level crossing would be needed for the railway to cross over an after constructed road.

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After  North Lynn and the A1078, the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton line went through private farmland, and all I can see is that it's now used as private farm tracks and farmland up till North Wootton station. 

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Just before Wootton halt station is the North Wootton scout and guide hut.

 

It was built on the site where the old railway sidings once sat.

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North woottn to wolferton