King's Lynn to Dereham
Great Eastern Railway

1846-1968

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Welcome to the King's lynn to Dereham Railway remains page.
 
The 26.5 mile long Lynn Dereham line was open In-between 1846 and 1968.

The Lynn to Dereham railway was given the Royal Assent on 21 July 1845 and opened in stages between 1846 and 1848

The line was to be extended to Great Yarmouth via Norwich but never came to happen.


The line ran through Swaffham where there were connections to the Swaffham Thetford branch line via Roudham Junction.

This line was also called the Crab and Winkle Line.

At Dereham there was also a service running through Dereham and Fakenham from Wells through to Wymondham.

This line is also closed but parts are preserved by the.

Mid Norfolk Railway. 

After closure Wendling was used as filming location for episodes of Dads 
Army.




In 1955 Diesel units were used that were based at Dereham.

Diesel units increased the services to 12 a day and put journey times down to 54 minutes

During the steam days there was 5 to 6 services a day.

Before diesel in the steam days most services were hauled by D16s and Freight by J17s

The Lynn Dereham railway was never on the Beeching cuts list but British railway closed the line anyway on Saturday 7th September 1968.
 
The part between Kings Lynn and Middleton Towers remains open as a freight line for silica sand trains from Sibelco uk to various places mostly in the Northern parts of the Uk.

For use in the glass industry.

 
The King's Lynn to Dereham line ran before closure calling at 

Middleton Towers 
 
East winch 
 
Bilney | closed 1866
 
Narbrough and Pentney

Swaffham
 
Sporle | closed 1850
 
Dunham 
 
Fransham 
 
Wendling
 
Scarning | closed 1850
 
East Dereham
 
East Dereham station is still in use as a private Heritage line.

The Mid Norfolk Railway.

 

The Route

The Lynn to Dereham railway mostly departed from platform 2 at King's Lynn once the train had left King's Lynn the line slightly went to the right before straightening up heading towards King's Lynn junction.

When the railway was in use during steam train days King's Lynn was a different story back then with steam sheds and a huge goods yard and two signal boxes one to control the goods yard with a huge semaphore signal and the second signal box over Tennyson Avenue that controlled King's Lynn Junction.

Approaching King's Lynn Junction and leaving the goods yard and the docks branch behind the train passed the second signal box and to the left

 

The Hunstanton Branch line

And to the Right

The still in use Lynn,Ely,Cambridge,London Line.

 

The Dereham branch line went straight over at the Junction heading off to its next station Middleton Towers.

To the left the train Passed the Gaywood park and then went into the open country side towards Middleton Towers.

Today lots has changed with the Hardwick Industrial Estate being built by the line that still runs through taking freight services as far as Middleton Towers.

The line passed through open country side before

Roughly half way between King's Lynn and Middleton Towers the train would pass under a Railway Bridge that took the M&GNR South Lynn to Fakenham line over the top of the Lynn Dereham line.

The Bridge here was also close to the M&gnjr station Gayton Road that was very close to where these disused railways crossed over each other many many years ago.

The M&GNR also had a station at South Lynn that has now be long lost and was sited by the A47 near where Palm paper now stands.

South Lynn station also had a line connecting the line to King's Lynn main station in the town centre linking the M&gnjr to the Dereham and Hunstanton and Cambridge London line passengers.

Once passed under the bridge the line curved gently to the left before straightening up and heading into Middleton Towers station on the single line track.

Passing over the Level crossing the train entered Middleton Towers single platform on the single track.

Middleton Towers had a signal box and a station masters house with a waiting room and a canopy attached to the station masters house that was directly attached to the single platform.

 

Towards the next station East Winch there sat some Freight sidings used for Silica sand and also coal traffic.

 

Silica sand trains still run from here to this day.

Gayton Road station on the M&gnr was only 2 miles away by road from Middleton Towers station.

Leaving Middleton Towers the train headed off towards the lines next station East Winch.

The train would of passed to the right Middle Towers and then headed off pretty much straight for roughly two miles through open country side crossing only what looks to be a farm track in-between these two stations.

The train then arrived at East winch station that had two platforms and a passing loop with a signal box and a level crossing.

East winch station had a station masters house with a waiting room and the second platform also had a waiting shelter.

Leaving East Winch station the train crossed the level crossing and went past the signal box that was just over the level crossing here at East Winch

Leaving East Winch station to the right there was a Goods siding and also a in the lines later days there was grain shed here that sadly burnt down a few years back.

Looking at maps I'm not sure if this shed was connected to the railway line.

The train now heading off to its next station that only had a short life from 1846 to 1866

Bilney.

On the way to Bilney after East winch goods yard the line curved gently to the right passing through open country side passing Walton Road that had a level crossing and also a crossing cottage was sited here.

Passing the crossing the line went straight heading to Bilney station.

Bilney in its short life was roughly 7 miles from King's Lynn and saw regular services in its short life.

Bilney had one platform and a single line running through it.

Bilney station remains to this day and is sited next to the now A47 Bypass.Looking at maps dated to 1913 there was a road roughly where the A47 now sits so I'm guessing that there was also a crossing here at Bilney most of the railways life.

Leaving Bilney and off to the Next station Narbrough & Pentney the line once again kept a straight trajectory going through open country side before the line beared to the right approaching the station just after Pentney road level crossing that also had a keepers cottage.

Coming into Narbrough & Pentney station there was two platforms with a station masters house close to the main road on the Lynn bound platform.

There was a canopy attached to the side of the waiting room on the lynn bound platform and the Dereham bound platform also had its own waiting room with no canopy.

 

Narbrough & Pentney also had a level crossing sited to the Dereham side of the line.

 

Narbrough & Pentney also had a passing loop that extended past the Level Crossing with a signal box on the Swaffham | Dereham bound platform in-between the level crossing and the platform. 

Narbrough was one of the lines busiest stations.

Narbrough & Pentney was the terminus of the Lynn Dereham railway in the very early days for a very short time whilst the rest of the line was constructed.

Once the train left Narbrough and Pentney it would of passed a lovely looking goods shed to the left of the line with more sidings and a small siding also to the local malting that is still at Narbrough to this day.

Looking at maps the line would of crossed the small river nar just after the malting and goods yard sidings then heading off in a straight line towards the next level crossing at Meadow road at Narbrough where a crossing cottage also sat.

Once the line had passed the crossing the line went straight on towards swaffham for a short while before slightly curving to the left just before approaching chalk lane bridge Mtd2349 

The MTD Bridge code stood for Middleton Towers Dereham

The Bridge at Chalk land was close to  Raf Marham and took the railway over the road at this point.

Still curving to the left the railway once again went over a small farm track bridge before 

 

To be continued please keep a look out

 

 

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King's Lynn

Thanks to the national library of Scotland for the maps used in this webpage



King's Lynn Station building remains very much unchanged to this day and is still in daily use with services only remaining to London King's Cross and a daily service to London Liverpool Street

King's Lynn in its hey day also had services to Hunstanton the Docks Branch and a shuttle service to the M&gnjr at near by South Lynn as well as the King's Lynn to Dereham railway thats covered on this page.

The Layout at King's Lynn has changed a lot with the engine sheds the sidings and one of the two signal boxes now all gone.

The sidings have been replaced with a Supermarket and the docks line has also been long closed all that remains of the docks line is a small turn around point that freight trains use to turn around and head off down the small 3 mile section that remains on the Dereham line as far as Middleton Towers station now used as a quarry.

 

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Kings Lynn Railway Station
Kings Lynn Railway Station

King's Lynn platform 2 is mostly where the Dereham trains departed.

Platform 2 also had trains that Departed to Hunstanton.

Now this platform is used to Stable trains and for peak time London King's cross departures.

Platform one in now King's Lynns most used platform for London bound services.

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King's Lynn Junction

 

King's Lynn Junction during King's Lynn's hey days with the Dereham Swaffham Branch going straight ahead.

 

With the Hunstanton branch to the Left and the London Cambridge line to the Right.

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Middleton Towers train returning from loading to King's Lynn turn around point on the old disused Dereham line.

Thanks to Martin Addison via geograph

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King's Lynn Junction in 2020

The line on the left is where Dereham bound trains would of gone pre 1968.

This part on the line is still in use for freight movements as far as Middleton Towers Sand quarry.

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After Kings Lynn Junction the line headed off to its next Station.

Middleton Towers.

This photo was taken from the foot bridge on the Hardwick industrial estate In 2020

 

We see here the line here in use still as a freight line passing down the side of the Hardwick industrial estate. 

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view from the foot bridge on hardwick estate

The Dereham line now passes under the A149 Bypass in-between the hospital and the Hardwick estate.

 

Just after the A149 bridge the line passed underneath the M&gnjr via a bridge.

The Dereham railway ran below and the M&gnjr ran over the top of the Dereham line

 

The M&gnjr line was from King's Lynn's other station South Lynn and went to Fakenham and via Melton Constable and many other places across Norfolk.

 

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Thanks to the national library of Scotland for the maps used in this webpage

A Dereham bound train passes under the then closed M&gnjr Bridge that carried the South Lynn Fakenham branch line over it that closed in 1959.

 

Some parts remained open this small part remained open for freight to East Rudham.

Picture used from Tvp Videos

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Thanks to Andy f for these of these pictures via Geograph.

 

The first picture is of the Lynn Dereham line passing under the now dismantled bridge that carried the South Lynn to Gayton Road M&gnjr train to Fakenham.

 

The last two is a farm crossing I take it just after the bridge https://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/32299

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After the M&gnjr crossing we approach Middleton Towers freight yard and old station

Here we see some empty hoopers waiting in-between Middleton Towers & King's Lynn

Looking towards King's Lynn.

Also seen are the crossing gates at station road Middleton.

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Middleton Towers Station

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Thanks to the national library of Scotland for the maps used in this webpage

Middleton Towers station Had one platform and was opened from 27th oct and called Middleton.

 

On the 1st November 1924 the station was renamed Middleton Towers.

In the railways early days this station along with 5 other stations were request stops with Middleton Towers being one of the request stop stations.

 

The line up to here is still use for freight use carrying silica sand from here to various sites mostly up north with class 66 trains.

 

Middleton towers like most closed with the line in 1968

A campaign was launched in 2021, to restore the Middleton Towers site to be used as a public tea room and as a museum for the former Lynn and Dereham railway.

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Short video of freight movment's at middleton towers.Sorry there no locomotive sound I was passing and only had phone to take these and the sound quality was very poor.

 

East winch Railway station

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Thanks to the national library of Scotland for the maps used in this webpage

East winch like most stations on this line opened on the 27 October 1846 & Closed in 1968

East winch was two miles away from Middleton Towers station and East Winch had two Platforms with a passing loop added in its later days.In the stations early days this station was also one of 5 stations that was request stops this was short lived and East Winch was soon a normal stopping station on the line

 

East winch had a signal box that laid derelict after the closure of the railway.

Luckily the signal box was rescued by the Mid Norfolk Railway and restored and has been used at Thuxton Station crossing since 2010

East winch station in the present time is now used as a private residence and kept in amazing condition

Steam locomotive at East Winch

 Copyright Brian Easter via Kings Lynn forums

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East Winch Station in 2020

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East winch railway station

After East Winch Station there was a small goods yard now called the the old station yard nothing remains to this day.

 

There was once an old grain store on the site that burnt down in 2016

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East winch Goods yard fire in 2016

Credit Ian burt via Edp

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The old Crossing cottage on the old Dereham line between East Winch & Narbrough & Pentney.

Used to this day as private Housing.

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Bilney Station

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Here we see from a distance where the line would of entered into the closed Bilney station.

 

This station only served the line for 20 years from 27th oct 1846 to 1st august 1866.Luckly the building survived to this day and is now used as a private residence.

 

The road you can see is the A47 what was built as far as I can see in 1981 12 years after closure of the railway and 135 years after the closure of the station.

Bilney Station

Narborugh & Pentney
Railway Station

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Narborough & pentney railway station opened in 1846 and was 8 miles 52 chains away from King'S Lynn

 

Narbrough & Pentney was the temporary terminus of the Lynn Railway until 1847 when the line construction was finished a year later.

Narbrough also had a goods sidings and a freight line to the local Maltings sited close to the Railway station.

 

Narbrough & Pentney served two villages with two platforms and a goods yard now used as storage and offices.

 

The platforms still remain as do the Station building now used as a private residence.

The station also closed in 1968

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Just after Narbrough & Pentney station Swaffham side we see the old engine sheds that survived closure.The yard looks like its used as caravan storage and the old engine shed used as offices. 

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Here we see parts of the Narbrough bone mill/ Maltings not far from the goods shed and Narbrough Pentney railway station.

This building is strictly not railway related but from looking at various sites online there was what looks like once a sidings here serving this company many years ago.

To this day there are no Remains of the old sidings left at all in 2021

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Narbrough maltings

Inbetween Narbrough and the next bridge MTD2349 the line crossed this field the track bed remains in parts but is very over grown I found access quite easy but to walk far from the bridge abutment was difficult as this part was so over grown.
Closer to the Narbrough maltings.

 

There have been some houses built where the line once ran blocking the line here thither up towards Narbrough.

 

Here we see the old track bed facing towards Narbrough close to where the bridge Abutments stand on Chalk lane at Narbrough close to Raf Marham. 

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Here we see the old raised track bed from a field Just on the outskirts of Narbrough at Chalk land close to Raf Marham.

In the distance you can see the newly built housing estate.This new estate at the moment is not on the old track bed but stops just shy of where the railways once ran.

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Bridge Mid 2349 viewed from the Narbrough side of the old track bed

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Next we come to Narbrough bridge remains code MTD 2349 by chalk lane Narbrough.

This bridge abutment is not far from Raf Marham

This Bridge remain is to the side of the Narbrough railway walk.

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Narbrough Railway Walk

The Narbrough Railway walk is a part of this old line that is so easy to access and park and walk along this old part of the line and sadly this is one of the parts that even though so easy to get to and explore I missed.

I did not really know about this part and was one of the very last parts I walked in total and found two more bridges and a mile marker along here.

I first Photographed the bridge remains and only walked up the top in July 2020 and photographed the first few feet of this walk not really knowing a bit further down the old track bed more marvels could be found here.

I walked the Railway walk again on Monday the 27th of June 2022 

The entrance to the railway walk taken from half way up the hill looking at the old raised track bed to the left.

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The railway walk information board taken in 2020 the first time I visited this public walk.

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Looking towards the Carpark from the old Dereham track bed. 

Taken in June 2020

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The Lynn Dereham railway bed close to the car park.

 

All pictures seen of the Narbrough walk will now of been taken in July 2022

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The First remain I found on this walk was this old mile marker sat just before the first railway bridge.

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After the mile marker i headed off down the walk towards Swaffham and next to come up just after the concrete marker was this amazing bridge where the railway ran over the top and looking at old maps it looks like this bridge was not for a public road but for farm use.

Maps dated 1888-1913

Thanks to the National library of Scotland

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The first bridge along the Narbrough walk this bridge as far as I could see had no id number on it as not in use for and public road I'm guessing the code has worn off in time.

The Lynn Dereham Railway bridge viewed from the track bed.

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This bridge surprised me how lovely it looked considering this was only what seemed to be a farm crossing .

Back in the day the workman ship that went into these marvels was amazing.

Also its was lovely to see a old railway bridge free of graffiti.

 

PLEASE KEEP IT THAT WAY

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Please click to see these pictures in a higher resolution and many more from different lines.

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After the first bridge and the mile marker the old track bed carries on towards the next station Swaffham bearing round to the left before reaching a gate and the old track bed goes through a wooded area.

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Next along the walk I arrived at this gate and after here the walk carry's on along the old track bed through a lovely wooded area.  As far as I could see there was no trace of any railway history to be found along here but the old track bed was very visible.

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After the wooded area the walk becomes over grown and to be honest its not really a good idea to walk much more as the track bed becomes very over grown and then it goes onto a farm track and there is no more track bed to be seen along here.

After the track bed and the walk a short distance down a farm track I found this bridge.

I have seen on old maps that there could of been three of these and the other one could of been a bit further up but would of meant walking across a farmers crop and I won't do that .

 

The third is close up to the speedway track and has either been infilled or was demolished during the A47 construction.

Seen below thanks to the national library of Scotland the first and second bridge when the railway line was opened in the early 1900s

The second bridge I am not sure if it still survives and would of meant trespassing over farmers land.

Looking at Google maps it looks like the second bridge was either demolished or just a crossing.

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The first bridge just after the Narbrough walk this I think may of been the first of three.

Please feel free to tweet or email me with any information you might have.

Thanks in advance.

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After this bridges site the line bed can still be seen for a short whilst heading off to Swaffham.

Looking at google maps the track bed turns into farm land shortly after this part so I decided to stop walking.

Also looking on google maps it looks like there are no bridge remains ahead or there used to be just a crossing.

The picture below shows the old track bed after the bridge heading off to Swaffham.

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After the Narbrough walk the line went off to Swaffham.

Looking at old survey maps it looks like an old road way laid where the A1122 now stands.

The short video below shows where the railway would of crossed where the A1122 now stands.

In this day where the railway would of ran would cross the A1122 close to Swaffham and then through the Swaffham raceway and across the A47 Bypass and then head into Swaffham station.

There also seemed to be another bridge here and seeing a post on a Facebook group years back this bridge was either demolished or filled in and no longer accessible to this day.

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Here we see where the line once ran after closure today there is no sign left at all of the railway.

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After Swaffham raceway the line would of crossed the A47 bypass roughly over the where the modern slipway sits.

 

After crossing the A47 the line would of ran under this bridge what I can make out this bridge used to take a road over the top.

 

Sadly I could not find a bridge id number painted on here

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After this old bridge remain the line continued to Swaffham as seen below.

This part is easy to reach and not fenced off and used as a busy walk way.

After this bridge the path does enter someones private residence and the A47 so this is a far as you can walk.

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Next a few yards down the path we come across this next bridge where the line crossed over the top and a road way underneath once again I could not find any bridge id number.

 

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After the second Bridge along this walk we can see here as I walked to the next and final bridge at Swaffham.

 

Here we see where the path is now and where the line used to run into Swaffham station.

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Next along the line we come across this the final bridge before reaching Swaffham station MTD2360 road bridge that carries the West acre road.

 

This bridge remain Still has part of the old signal left to as seen in the photographs below.

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Not long after the bridge in the same cutting just by where the line would of ran I found this brick wall.

Im guessing that this is a support to keep the bank from collapsing.

At the top of this bank there are a few industrial units down bears lane.

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Swaffham Station

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Swaffham station opened on the 10th of August 1847
Swaffham was a junction station for the King's Lynn to Dereham line and also the Swaffham to Thetford line via Watton.
Swaffham had two platforms and was closed in 1968 after the Lynn Dereham line closed.
 
The Thetford branch had already closed on the 15th June 1964

Swaffham in the present day is hidden away and now used as what I could make out a social services centre and on the Sunday I visited a few hgvs were parked up for the weekend in the old station area.

To the rear of the station one platform still remains and the area is used for industrial units.


Swaffham engine sheds also are also intact and used a a car repair unit amongst other trades.
After the engine sheds there is no trace at all of where the old railway was the next remain in Swaffham is from the Thetford branch and can also be seen on Norfolksrailwayremains on the Other Norfolks Railway page 

Swaffham station year unknown credit to Geoffrey Skelsey via Wikipedia 

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Swaffham station 2020

Swaffham railway station
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Swaffham railway Engine sheds at Swaffham still in use as commercial units

 

Taken in 2020

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After Swaffham Station the old Railway Route is Built over with new Commercial units in-between Swaffham and the Junction for the Swaffham Bury Branch. 

After we leave Swaffham we head out towards the next station Dunham.

Here we see the old line track bed viewed from the top of the bridge looking towards Swaffham from close to where Dunham station remains.

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Drone footage of the old line taken from Dunham looking towards Swaffham

Swaffham Railway Aerial view

Next we see the Bridge near Dunham with a unknown bridge code.

 

The lynn Dereham line passed underneath this bridge.

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Dunham Station

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Dunham station remains taken from the old bridge just to the end of the platforms.

Dunham like all opened in 1848 and closed in 1968 

In the present day Dunham is used as a private residence.

Dunham station was 18 miles away from King's Lynn & had two platforms with a passing loop.

Dunham also had a goods shed sited 90 degrees to the main line and was accessed by a turntable that by looking at Ordnance Survey maps the turntable had gone and the sidings extended in the early 1900s

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Dunham close up Ordnance Survey maps dated from the early 1900s

Showing the cattle sheds and what looks to be a turntable.

Thanks to the national library of Scotland

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The map here dated 1937-1964 Shows Dunham with just a railway sidings & passing loop.

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Fransham Station
 

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Fransham station again like the rest opened in 1848 and closed in 1968

Fransham Station had two platforms and a level crossing and after closure the station has been kept in amazing condition by the owners and they also have a few items of rolling stock in there garden.

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After leaving Fransham and heading off to Wendling station the railway would of crossed over these bridges as seen below.

 

 

The MTD code stands for

 

Middleton Towers | Dereham

 

MTD 23747 Bridge 

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MTD 2377 Bridge

Mtd2379 bridge at fransham just off the a47 near Dereham sign posted Beeston

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Wendling station

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The next station would of stood where the A47 now stands but in the present day there is no trace of the station at all as is was demolished during the construction of the A47 bypass.

Wendling had two platforms and after the closure of the next station at Scarning in 1850 Wendling was the last station before reaching Dereham.

Wendling station during the stations open days

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Credit to Tvp Videos

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Credit to Norfolk orbital Facebook

Wendling station site taken in June 2022 from a overpass bridge close to Wendling village.

There is no trace what so ever left of the station to this day all that remains is the name of the road in Wendling that is still called Station road.

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Scarning Station

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Scarning

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Scarning station on the Lynn Dereham line had a very short life and to this day there are no remains left at all.

Researching online there seem to be no pictures of what scanning station looked like in its two years of being open.

There is also very little history on this long lost station.

Scarning was only 3 miles away from Dereham and even less distance from Wendling station

In-between Wendling and Dereham the railway in its later days crossed over the old main road.

After the railway closed the A47 was built on the old track bed here and the thing that helped kill the railway the motor now runs over the old track bed.

 

On the late 1970s built A47 bypass.

Here we see a view from a Dmu crossing the main road with the railway crossing over the top.

The second picture shows where the old main road still runs but now the A47 runs over the top on the old track line.

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Dereham Station

 
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Dereham the terminus of the Lynn to Dereham railway

opened on the 15 February 1847

6 October 1969 Closed to passengers

12 September 1984 Closed as a coal depot

26 July 1997 reopened as the MidNorfolk railway

Dereham had 4 platforms and a Locomotive shed and a turn table.

Dereham also had lines running off to Wymondham and wells.

With the line between Wymondham and Dereham used as the mid Norfolk Railway.

Dereham loco sheds closed in 1955 for steam use and used to stable Dmu trains until 1968 when it was demolished for a leisure centre.

In 2020 a smaller shed was built with funds from the Eu on part of the old sheds site.

King's Lynn trains Mostly arrived and departed from platform 4.

 

With platform 2 & 3 for through routes to Wells & Wymondham & Norwich.

King's Lynn bound trains arrived from a junction at Dereham onto the Wells Wymondham line and into platform 4 as seen from this screen shot from a railway history dvd from Tvp videos

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Dereham Station in 1996 credit to DiverScout at English Wikipedia

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King's Lynn trains would arrive from a junction roughly where the leisure centre was.

The white roof that can be seen in the distance to the right of this picture is the leisure centre/Bowls alley and would of been where King's Lynn trains arrived at Dereham.

When this picture was taken there is no trace of the junction at all and the track bed here has been built over .

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Dereham Station in 2020 now part of the mid Norfolk Railway

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Platform 4 to the left seen here is where the King's Lynn Trains mostly arrived and departed from.

The line to the right was where the through trains from Wymondham through to wells stopped.

This platform in now used for the Mid Norfolk Heritage railway and platform 4 is used to stable spare heritage stock.

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Dereham station

King's Lynn bound Platform 4 to the right in this picture now used for stabling old Greater Anglia Sets.

 

Used for the polar express & other duties.

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Dereham Station viewed from the Wells Side where the wells Wymondham trains would of ran pre closure.

 

At the time or writing this the Midnorfolk are running services to Hoe crossing and hopefully will extend there heritage service along this part of the old line to hopefully one day County School. 

DEREHAM STATION HOUSING OLD GREATER ANGLIA STOCK
MID NORFOLK RAILWAY YARD
DEREHAM STATION HOUSING OLD GREATER ANGLIA STOCK

You-Tube 

You-Tube feature that shows what this line once looked like compared with today's modern maps.

Please click to open this short feature.

 

End of the line

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Thanks for making it this far and I hope I have not bored you with my humble attempt of Norfolks old railway history.

The Lynn to Dereham line was pretty much the second line I traced after the Lynn to Hunstanton branch line.

These two lines are the lines so far I have traced the most being born in King's Lynn these lines meant the most historically to me personally.

The Dereham line unlike the Hunstanton branch I have visited time and time again the more I traced and researched the more parts I discovered still existed and the more I looked on social media the more and more bridges appeared and off again I went hunting for all these long lost wonders before one day like Wendling station they are are lost forever or filled in like many bridges now are.

The Dereham line surprised me how many bridges there were along this short line for a surposed flat Norfolk.

The Hunstanton Line only had one small Bridge passing over a small river and the Dereham line had many many fantastic built bridges that still remain to this day.

 

It shows the workmanship that the railway navvies in the construction days put into building the railways back in the day.

Also what surprised me is both stations are still in use King's Lynn as the Cambridge-London Fenline 

Dereham as the Mid-Norfolk Heritage railway.

 

Even though Dereham is still open the railway thats now in private Heritage use is not the railway that the Lynn line used only platform 4 remains at Dereham the entry path where the rails once ran have long been ripped up and built over.

 

The Mid Norfolk uses the Wells Wymondham branch.

 

When in-between there are parts that you would never think a railway once ran along them parts as there so over grown.

Some parts though like the Narbrough walk and the Walk at swaffham are busy public walks with some amazing bridges to be seen along these walks.

 

Some were not as easy to find and after a few arguments with stinging nettles I got some pictures.

One bridge I still have not to get to is the bridge in King's Lynn where the M&gn passed over the Dereham line.This bridge is seen clearly from the A149 bypass but to get to this bridge you will be trespassing on farm land and also Network rail land as this old passing is still in use as the railway is still used by freight traffic.

The M&gn part of the crossing and the track has long been lifted but like lots of lines is still visible where they once ran.

The Dereham line though I noticed has hardly been built over and remains clear in lots of parts until Swaffham and the A47 close to Dereham where the thing that helped kill the railway the motor car now travels along where the sound of the railway could once he heard.

 

So from 2020 to 2022 I hope this page is finished after adding more and more parts.

Until maybe either I discover another bridge or someone tweets me and says you forgot this one and off again I go hunting I do know there was another bridge before Swaffham raceway but social media tells me its either filled in or so overgrown its pretty much impossible to reach and also would mean trespassing to reach this maybe still remaining wonder.

 

I bid you farewell and thank you for reading my website.