Before and after the closure of the King's Lynn to Hunstanton Great Eastern Railway

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Welcome to Norfolks disused Railways.com coverage of the King's Lynn to Hunstanton Great Eastern Railway.This page is best viewed on a pc/laptop. if viewed on mobile you can click this link click me for a simplified page. Or feel free to carry on with this longer more in depth page.This page covers the before and the after coverage of the line and all stations from King's Lynn,North Wootton,Wolferton,Dersingham,Snettisham,Heacham and finally Hunstanton Railway terminus.

 

This is the most local of Norfolks closed lines to me and enjoyed finding all of what remains to this day cuts and bruises and arguments with overgrown bushes as well.The King's Lynn Hunstanton Railway history page covers the history of the Kings Lynn Hunstanton line with pictures before and after the sad closure of the line in 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 and a mountain bike with the Google maps app.

 

Also I done lots of research using Google maps,wwwrailmapsonline.com,gergraph.org.uk and many other various sources and web sites. Most past pictures have been sourced from various different places across the web.Some from screen shots from films what can be found in the links section in the top menu some pictures have been used from www.gergraph.org.uk with full credit to owner left by picture 

The line was Closed in may 1969 due to losing money and even though the line 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 and Hunstanton & needed a railway to put Hunstanton on the map as a sea side resort for holiday makers.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 opened

 

Hunstanton see amazing growth due to the railway.Bringing holiday makers in from all over the country and in 1937 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 profit lines across the uk.The heacham wells branch being one of them having stopped services to passengers on 2nd June 1952 .And was closed before Dr Beeching took office

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

Hunstanton Station 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 Hunstanton 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

Now in 2020 all that remains are the old coal sheds a signal and a memorial and a old wooden buffer built into a brick wall close to southend road.And the old refreshment rooms now used as the waterside bar

The line from King's Lynn Platform 2 branched off to the left just after the level crossing 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 still remaining as a private house.With a local scout, guide hut built on the approach.

 

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 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.What was over grown but accessible following the still there fence line trust me I have the cuts and bruises 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 the A149 Dersingham 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 a 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 Inbetween Dersingham and Snettisham. Inbetween Dersingham and Snettisham there was a level crossing at ingoldisthorpe and the cottage called crossing cottage is still called the crossing cottage with lovely owners who were more than happy to let me photograph there amazingly looked after house.Also Dersingham side of the cottage a 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 lucky 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.

 

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 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 .Where the line went off to the right there is a old railway building remaining here and the track line now used as a farm track 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 norfolksdisusedrailways.com.

 

Further up the line curve straightens 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.

 

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 the old Railway line to the side of the caravan park there is space for a line to run.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 battlefeild railway in Leicestershire.

 

The main station building is used as 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 also called the West Norfolk junction railway.

 

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 see Heacham to wells branch page .

 

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 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 be 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 newly built pub blocking off the line completely into what was Hunstanton terminus

 

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.

 

The old station site has also had a indoor market built at the end of the carpark but sadly where the honey stone pub has been built close to where the level crossing 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 a level crossing or a more likely a different route.But so far with no success personally I cant ever see it ever reopening using old route or even using another route .The cost would be high and busy in summer and guessing 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 increasing Norfolk population

 

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

wikipedia Kings Lynn~Hunstanton webpage

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Well what better place to start than 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 

Kings Lynn to North Wootton 

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Kings Lynn station in 2020

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Kings 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 links can be found in the link section

platform 2 in 2020 

class 387 stabled there now waiting for departure to kings cross on the fen line.Now also the platforms have over head electrification for the Kings Lynn kings cross route installed in the 90s

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platform 2 kings lynn

Off to Hunstanton ahead

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

To the left off to then Liverpool Street now used to London kings cross

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

Kings lynn level crossing

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

KINGS LYNN HUNSTANTON RAILWAY

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. 

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

The next part is the gaywood road level crossing.The crossing House is the only remain left there on the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway

Here we see a dmu approaching the crossing in the first picture and the second picture a dmu crossing the line.The year is unknown but must be close to closure as the level crossing has electronic barrier's installed.The next pictures show gaywood crossing area in 2020

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

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

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 future reopening from this old route at this part 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

The Line heading down past the north lynn housing estate in Kings Lynn towards the new built north lynn industrial estate and the A1078 north lynn bypass linking up to the Kings Lynn docks

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

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

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

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 are no remains apart from farm track along here until North Wootton station

Just before Wootton halt station is the North Wootton scout and guide hut to the side of the old Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway line

 

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 for www.norfolksdisusedrailways.com

 

North Wootton station in 2020 

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

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

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

The tree line here is where the line left Wolferton village and headed off across Wolferton marshes towards North Wootton station.Just by the wooden 5 bar gate is the gate house cottage seen in the pictures further down

The gate house seen in the distance with Wolferton village church just behind

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

The Gate house at Wolferton in 2020

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

Approaching Wolferton station year unknown

 

Wolferton to Dersingham Station

Next on Norfolksdisusedrailways.com we have wolferton to Dersingham station segment of this website.like all other stations both opened in 1862 until 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 in1966

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

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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 

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  

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

Wolferton station house seen behind the village sign in 2020

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

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

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.

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 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

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 

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

kings lynn hunstanton railway sleeper

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 loads easier than others 

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

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

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 and would of ran roughly where the sound barrier bank is to stop the noise from the a149 bypass

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

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

Train approaching Dersingham from wolferton

Many thanks for looking that's the end of the wolferton to Dersingham part of Norfolksdisusedrailways.com.Next we see Dersingham to Snettisham 

 

Dersingham to Snettisham Railway Line

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

Dersingham station as seen in the pictures below become a single line during the later days of the line.with also electric level crossing gates.once the line closed the station remains in tact used as a builders merchant semba trading.after Dersingham we see ingoldisthorpe crossing.Then the rest of the walk until as fas 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.Snettisham was more coastal than wolferton and Dersingham having left the marsh,Heath land behind from wolferton And Dersingham bog.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 news flats/houses Called if I remember the sidings estate

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

Dersingham great eastern Railway Station Norfolk

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 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 

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

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

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

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

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 the old water mill .And then 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

 

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

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

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

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

Ingoldisthorpe crossing cottage photographed with permission from very friendly owner in 2020

Ingoldisthorpe crossing Cottage

Next view is passing the crossing cottage on the final shot stage of the line facing towards Snettisham station.This part of the walk won't take you as far as the station sadly and understandably.The land at Snettisham partly 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

Dmu passes Ingoldisthorpe crossing during the final years.Year unknown

Next inbetween Ingoldisthorpe crossing and Snettisham railway station here are some various pictures from the public footpath with some farm crossings shown 

As far as you can walk with our respecting the owners wishes.The house ahead is not the station but a farm house the 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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Thanks for looking at this part of NORFOLKSDISUSEDRAILWAYS.COM Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway remains page.From Dersingham to Snettisham Here is where the walk ends next up Snettisham to Heacham

 

Snettisham to Heacham Line

Welcome to norfolksdisusedrailways.com coverage on the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway coverage.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 in 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 station but also railway sheds and 4 sidings sited 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 line 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 this webpages 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 

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 

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

Snettisham railway Station

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

Snettisham station buildings past and present

Vynne & Everitt's granary

what was Vynne & Everitt's granary seen here in 2020.First picture is taken from the new sidings housing estate and the second is from station road Snettisham 

Vynne & Everitt's granary

After leaving Snettisham station in 2020 we see a very different scene.in the 1990s the Dersingham Snettisham bypass was constructed not far from departing the station.Station road is now station road/beach road inbetween the station and where the new constructed  a149 starts.If the line was to be reinstated here.It wound be a major bottle neck and the line would have to cross once again the a149 bypass and the original lay out of the beach road when the line was open has been changed during the construction of the a149 in between the a149 and the crossing cottage. Down beach road after here the old line remains a tiny bit over grown at ken hill woods but after is amazingly clear up to long acres caravan park.After there the line up to after heacham to completely blocked by caravan parks and a new building estate

Here we now approach the crossing on Snettisham beach road.The crossing cottage to this day remains in amazing condition.This was also the point where the line went single line to heacham and hunstanton.Heacham had a crossing point

Next we see the crossing cottage at Snettisham beach road in 2020.Next to the ken hill woods  parking area.Also noticed in 2020 that the road here has been mounted up where the crossing was when the line was open and after the bend going back down level again

Here after the crossing the line remains are a bit over grown by kenhilll woods but the old fence line can still be inn in the overgrowth.Luckly the over grown part is very short.Then after we start on the way to heacham here we see where the line ran the old concrete pad in the first picture maybe of been a old signal base not sure any ideas please mail me

After this point the line beared to the right going past the bottom of ken hill woods on level ground.Shortly after we arrive at this old railway building as I said earlier this was pretty much the start point for me starting this webpage.This building can be seen from Snettisham beach road but no access available from here

Here we head down on the farm track on where the single track heading to hunstanton would of laid pre may 1969.On the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway

This picture is taken from ken hill woods and shows the railway hut in the distance and the norfolk coast/wash in the far distance

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As the line progressed towards heacham after this curve the line straightened.And headed off towards heacham.Just a bit further up on the old track bed I found this building also.This railway remain was closer to heacham side not far down from long acres holiday park where the line sadly had been built on.Sadly over the year graffiti has ruined this building remain on the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway

After this Railway Building Remain we head straight into the rear of long acres holiday park in heacham.Its at this point that the line is built over in many parts.From long acres holiday park crossing south beach road onto Jennings holiday park what leads built over up to heacham station 

End of the line and start of the line being built over what would stop the reopening of the kings lynn Hunstanton Railway on its original route.Not just here stopping the line but also seen from above the lynn sport complex and the a149 bypass would need crossing twice.Also up ahead at hunstanton the construction of the hunny stone pub and searles.The cost for buying the land back and demolishing the buildings and public protesting the line will never reopen on its original bed.if it was to ever reopen a completely different route be needed in my opinion 

stopping kings lynn hunstanton railway

Next after passing through the now built long acres caravan park the line crossed south beach road and the on to heacham station after crossing station road/jubliee road in heacham 

Here we see the line Approaching south beach crossing at heacham.The cottage still survives to this day and the line going past Long acres looks to be partially built over by the caravan park even though to the side the land is still clear.Until after where the crossing would of been where the line is completly blocked

Heacham railway crossing

After the Heacham crossing cottage on South beach road we see the bottom two pictures are from Pioneer caravan park and is roughly where the line went .But now as you can see its totally built over.In the distance on the first picture to the right you can see the roof of the crossing cottage.From the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway

Here we see the line close to before closure passing between south and north beach road crossings.Now in 2020 this land is built over with Pioneer and Tall trees caravan parks.But as you can see in the distance even in the 60s the caravan parks were here and the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway helped make heacham into a holiday destination 

Here we see the line approach heacham station seen from north beach crossing just before heacham station.Also notice the electronic crossing installed to simplify the line to keep costs down to try keep the line open.Sadly never worked 

so thats it for the Snettisham to Heacham line part from norfolksdiusedrailways.com 

 

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Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway

 

Heacham to Hunstanton Line

Here we are on the final part of the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway covering the final short part from Heacham to Hunstanton terminus.sadly this part has been heavily built over with housing, pubs,holiday parks and future council planning to completely build over the old station site at hunstanton with flats.Also at Hunstanton where the station was there is now a indoor market Azam brothers.The line from Heacham also carried traffic from Heacham to Wells next to sea.On the Heacham Wells branch line also called the West Norfolk Junction railway.Open from 1866 to 1952 for passengers and 1953 for goods

The station at heacham closed in 1969 helped the village grow into a holiday destination with out the railway the village would of been a very different place years back 

Heacham had two platforms even though the line either side was single track.Heacham had a passing loop allowing for 13 coach trains to pass and also back in the day a turntable guessing for the Wells Heacham branch line 

The two platforms were connected via a foot bridge.
 

 

Heacham also had its own signal box what survived for many years after closure but was demolished to make way for the new housing estate built over the line

Heacham Station in 2020 is kept in amazing condition and used as holiday accomadition and also has a old mk1 br coach converted into holiday let

please feel free to look at Norfolksdisusedrailways.com Heacham wells branch line page by clicking on the underlined text 

Heacham station

Heacham station seen here in 2020 from the main road with the br mk1 coach seen in the distance used for holiday let.The coach was brought from the battlefield heritage railway in Leicestershire

DMU awaits departure to either Kings Lynn or Hunstanton on the soon to close line.you can see the passing loop has already been lifted 

This picture of Heacham platform was taken in 2007 and sourced from Geograph

Here we see the West Norfolk public house what served the railway as a hotel and pub 

Inbetween Heacham station and where the line branched off to wells we have the Leaside housing estate built over the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway line .As seen here is the rear of the housing estate that has been built over the line.This picture was taken from the Heacham Wells branch line looking towards Kings Lynn/Heacham from hunstanton side of the line.As you can see from here future reopening of the line on the original route sadly will not happen

View of hunstanton line with the West Norfolk Wells junction up ahead

Here we see the line to the left heading off to Hunstanton and the branch to the Right off to wells next to sea

Here we see the line bed remains inbetween Heacham and Hunstanton.After the wells branch line.To the right of this picture you can see the wells line track bed bearing right past the new built estate heading towards Sedgeford

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Straight off to Hunstanton Railway Station.Here just after the wells junction you can still see in 2020 the original track line clearly

Seen here a dmu approaching hunstanton from heacham not long before the line closed

Standing just by the river heacham near to searles holiday park Golf course.Looking back Towards Heacham-Kings lynn As you can see how clear and in tact the track bed is here.Until reaches the housing estate seen in the distance

Heacham Railway Remains

After heacham junction the line goes off to hunstanton and here we stop by the small river crossing where the bridge crossing has gone to be honest if you wanted to cross you could.After here we approach searles golf course.Even though in use its unbuilt on 

Here we see a dmu approaching hunstanton.In the distance you can see caravan park could been the start of searles or manor park.Also in the distance you can see the Fair ground and the level crossing area 

Next we see searles holiday park built on over the single line part between Hunstanton south beach road where the level crossing was and roughly half way between Hunstanton and Heacham.Even though this holiday Park has been built since the railway shut there is what I gather according to google maps a access road used for service vehicles and guess Emergency vehicles clear from just to the left of this picture.Where you can see the road goes off to the left by the height barrier.This road from what google maps tracing saying it where the line ran to heacham so even though Searles is here the line is clear through to the unbuilt on golf course.Things might of changed up the top with log cabins being built but in theory the line could still maybe run through here.

Here we are at south beach road level crossing just before Hunstanton Railway terminus on the Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway line.all traces from the crossing have gone apart from the crossing cottage what seems to have been double glazed and a porch put on the front of the building.To the side where the railway ran there is a Anglia Water Plant there in 2020

Here we see the honey stone pub built blocking off access to the old site completely.Where the pub was built is close to the level crossing site so there no room before to even build a small railway terminus the only way would be to demolish the new built pub what will be to costly to do

here we are on the final approach to Hunstanton during the lines last few years of service.The picture below shows the car park in may 2020 the site now used as parking at the moment.Notice how quiet the car park is for a normally busy spring month but sadly quiet due to covid 19 lock down

Hunstanton Great Eastern Railway Terminus 

Here we are at the end finally.Thanks to all that made it this far and I not scared you off with boredom .So here we are at the end of the line .The great Eastern Hunstanton Railway terminus.Like all other stations hunstanton opened opened 3 October 1862; closed 5 May 1969 On a bank holiday weekend.once the line closed the tracks had already had contracts on them to be lifted Stopping any future heritage companies using the line or even trying to set up a heritage route.

 

 

Kings Lynn in 1846 was 16 miles away and Hunstanton needed a railway to put Hunstanton on the map for a sea side resort for holiday makers.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 see the line opened

 

Hunstanton see amazing growth due to the railway bringing holiday makers in from all over the country and in 1937 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 profit lines across the uk.The heacham wells branch being one of them having stopped services to passengers on 2nd June 1952.And was closed before dr Beeching took office

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

Hunstanton station always had a single line running into the terminus with a passing loop at heacham but in march 1967 the line was made single all the way to Kings Lynn and stations and signal boxes unstaffed.All trains leaving hunstanton had a single line token key

Hunstanton lost most of its platforms and sidings and in 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

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

Where the station terminus was there in now a indoor market built on there.The rest of the area has all gone and being used at the moment for car and coach parking.

There has been a planning application put in to build flats on the car park area in Hunstanton.Plans for a new line have said that chances are that a new station would be relocated to the eastern edge of the town called hunstanton parkway.But as for 2020 this is what remains and what I have found what was hope you enjoyed and thanks again for staying this long.

Hunstanton Railway station 

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KINGS LYNN HUNSTANTON RAILWAY

After may 1969-Hunstanton Railway station

Kings lynn Hunstanton Railway Remains
Kings lynn to Hunstanton Railway

The Sandringham Hotel Hunstanton

Hunstanton's Great Eastern Railways Sandringham hotel.Built at the end of the Hunstanton Railway Station Terminus.On the closed Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway.

the hotel was built in the 1870s and closed in 1965 and demolished in 1967.

Now stands a indoor market as seen below what was built in 1984

Hunstanton Railway station site in 2020

Indoor market on old station site.Built in 1984

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Former Hunstanton station site in 2020.All that remains is the coal shed as seen in the left the rest is used at the moment for public car parking.At the moment but planning has gone in for the site to be used for housing 

Buffer stop remains built into a wall in the car park near to southend road Hunstanton.From the former Kings Lynn Hunstanton Railway

kings lynn hunstanton railway remains
Hunstanton buffer

Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Memorial at hunstanton coal shed

Hunstanton railway info board

The coal sheds in may 2020 all that sadly remains 

HUNSTANTON RAILWAY REMAINS

END OF THE LINE

To all those that made it this far thanks ever so much for visiting this page.Please check out other norfolk routes on this website none are as in depth as this page is or as long.

Thanks again for looking and please drop me a email I now off for a beer after all the hours I have took making this site.All the research.And biking around photographing these places some times going twice due to weather conditions strangely the sun being to bright and over exposed.I have had cuts bruises, flat bike tyres,Wet feet, sore fingers typing, sore bum sitting so long making this page (And I a lorry driver sitting hours should be normal) But its all been worth it I had so much fun making this page.What started out as kingslynnhunstantonrailwayremains.com .Then after tracing other lines not in so much detail.inculding Kings Lynn to Dereham,midland great northern joint railway,watlington to Wisbech,fakenham great eastern line, Heacham Wells branch line, and some other lines out side norfolk.I Managed to trace and photographed these lines where possible over time & changed the name and  www.norfolksdisusedrailways.com was born

10.14pm may 5th 1969 the last ever train left Hunstanton bound for Kings Lynn

Never to return

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