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 King's Lynn to Hunstanton Railway Line is the most local of Norfolks closed railway 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 of this long lost line 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 

&

The West Norfolk branch book available to buy online

 

Most past pictures have been sourced from many many 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. 

To all that have helped I cant thank you all enough.

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 just had a railway line just built.in a846 to Ely.

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 .

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 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 from South Lynn.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 
 

The Route

This part will be back soon 

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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

& Also a Morning service to London Liverpool Street .

King's Lynn has 3 platforms and 2 in use 

Platform 2 the old Hunstanton platform is still in use for London bound trains.

Platform 2 now though is mostly used for stabling duties.

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 in 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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An empty King's Lynn station taken mid week from the Morrisions 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

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.

1900s map of Kings Lynn Junction

You can see on this map thanks to the National library of Scotland the Hunstanton & Dereham & also the London line.

To the left the docks freight line can also be seen here going off to the North end of lynn to the Docks.

King's Lynn Junction

National library of Scotland maps Past & Present video of Kings Lynn Junction.

The old map is dated from the early 1900s

Short Past & present video from

Kings Lynn Junction

The Kings Lynn Line can be seen to the left in the old picture and in the new version you can see there is no trace left.The Line to Middleton Towers on the old Dereham line lies straight ahead with the still in use London line to the left.

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 has 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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Salters road Junction-Crossing

Before we get to Lynn sport we see Salters Road here looking back at 1900s maps there was going to be a junction built here linking up the Kings's Lynn to Hunstanton Line to the King's Lynn Docks line but looking at 1900s ordnance survey maps the line was abandoned.

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

 

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

During the railway days though pre 1969 Lynn sport and Greenland park never existed and the land here was clear as can be seen in a historic aerial view picture.

Was there a level crossing here or a small crossing I'm not sure and cant find any information via the Internet or books if there was a crossing here or not.

Salters road past map dated 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 of once ran.

This picture was taken from Salters Road facing Lynn Sport.

Seen in the back ground is Greenland park Housing estate built where the junction would of ran.

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Salters road taken from Lynn sport in

April 2022

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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 clear until 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.

Or maybe use the still clear Docks line and pick up heading off to North Wootton way from there. 

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 line Heading up towards the now demolished Babingley 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.

Please click for expanded a photograph

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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

The gate house Wolferton
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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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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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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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King George VI Funeral

King George VI died on the 6th of February at Sandringham house over night at the age of 56

His coffin laid at Saint Mary Magdalene church at Sandingham until February the 11th when the late Kings body would be taken to London From Wolferton station.

Waiting at Wolferton was Driver George Hill & Fireman E Edge the crew of a 4-6-0 Engine.

 

Both crew members were from Kings Lynn.

At 12.18 the Royal train pulled into King's Lynn.

British Railway staff quickly  pulled a Pacific Britannia engine driven by G Harding and fireman S Tearman onto the Royal funeral train and at 12.25 the signal was given for the royal train to depart King's Lynn for London on the 100 mile trip.

The train arrived on time at London King's Cross with the King's Coffin in the same Carriage as his father George V was carried also from Wolferton.

On time at 2.45pm

The Funeral for King George VI was held on the 15th of February 

the first two pictures show the funeral procession leaving Sandringham

The Second two pictures show the funeral entering Royal Wolferton Station

King George VI 14.12.1895 | 6.2.1952

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Photo Credit Archant archive 

Wolferton Station Postcards

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 to be maintained by Sandringham Estate forestry yard.

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What looks to be a old railway sleeper left behind during the removal of the Kings Lynn  to 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 is the A149 Bypass. 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 Accommodation

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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 written by Dersingham residents who remember the railway.There are some amazing story's there.

One story I have personally been told by a Dersingham resident is that his father at the time when he was a child when the steam trains used to come through the heath land from Wolferton to Dersingham during a hot summer the hot Coals from the chimney would caught the gauze bushes alight and him and his friends would rush to the station to tell a Mr Tilson about the fire and Mr Tilson would give them some pocket money to put the small fires out.

Imagine that in this day.

Dersingham station departure during the line being open year unknown.

Due to the line being single lined and electric gates this was very close to the lines closure.

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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 off to

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 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 some private land leading up to Snettisham Station.

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.

Snettisham station can just be seen from the main road.

 

For Dersingham Station by road coming from Kings Lynn through the village turn left at the traffic lights by the park and head all the way down Station road and down the hill you will see the old station houses on the right hand side opposite the old railway station.

Now semba Trading.

 

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View from the old Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway looking towards Dersingham station on the public railway walk.