King's Lynn South to Fakenham West
Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway.
Hi and welcome to Norfolks Disused Railways coverage from the M&gn line between King's Lynn South and Fakenham West with the stations and various bridges along this old disused line
The M&gn railway or as its called it the Muddle and go nowhere.The Norfolk part of the line started at Kings Lynn South station.
Also at South Lynn was the South Lynn Junction that took trains off over a bridge towards King's Lynn main station that had services to London,Dereham and Hunstanton.
Also Kings Lynn had a docks branch line and also Harbour junction at Kings Lynn that the M&gn trains from all over the surrounding country could gain access to King's Lynn docks via this Junction.
Hunstanton had regular through trains from London and also had regular holiday and tourist trains from the M&gn railway that ran summer special trains through to the coastal resort of Hunstanton that closed in 1969.
Its said that part of the reason the Hunstanton Line closed was not due to Beeching Cuts the line was Recommended to stay open from Dr Beeching but when the M&gn closed the through trains to Hunstanton stopped affecting the profits made on this old closed line.
The Line from Kings's Lynn south came from Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire.
Sutton Bridge also had lines arrive from Spalding to Sutton Bridge and Also Peterbrough to Sutton Bridge bringing trains in to Kings Lynn South and then off on the M&gn to various places along the Norfolk including Great Yarmouth,Cromer,Sheringham.
The m&gn railway also covered stations in Fakenham,Norwich via the Junction at Melton Constable thats also covered on Norfolks Disused Railways website
The M&gn in-between Sheringham and Holt is still in use as the North Norfolk Preserved Railway.
The station at Sheringham is the original station as is the Station at Weybourne.
The Station at Holt is not the original station as the old one was demolished to make way for the A148 bypass so the station at the end of the line is a newer platform built by the North Norfolk Railway.
The North Norfolk Railway and the Mid Norfolk Railway are hoping to join up to parts of these to different lines to create the Norfolk Orbital Railway.
The Part Covered here on this page Between Kings Lynn South & Fakenham West that was opened to Massingham on 16 August 1879, extending to Fakenham on 16 August 1880.
On 12 August 1880 the Lynn and Fakenham got approval to extend to Norwich via Melton Constable.
The Station in Norwich was Called Norwich City and was sadly destroyed in World war 2 in 1942 and to this day some of the station remains as part of the Marriotts Way walk covered here
The Stations covered on this Page Start in Norfolk at
South Lynn opened 1 January 1886 closed 2 March 1959
South Lynn Junction
Gayton Road opened 1 July 1887 closed 2 March 1959
Grimston Road opened 16 August 1879; closed 2 March 1959
Hillington opened 16 August 1879 closed 2 March 1959
Massingham opened 16 August 1879 closed 2 March 1959
Rudham opened 16 August 1880 renamed East Rudham 1 March 1882 closed 2 March 1959
Raynham Park opened 16 August 1880 closed 2 March 1959
Fakenham Town opened 16 August 1880 renamed Fakenham West 27 September 1948 closed 2 March 1959
Most of the M&gn closed in 1959 and some parts survived until 1964.
Some parts stations and bridges still remain to this day and are quite easy to access. Some parts are in use as Heritage railways and some parts are used as public walk ways most commonly the Marriotts Way walk starting at the old Norwich city station site.
Below we see My Google Map Coverage of the M&gn
The Icons in Blue are the Stations on the South Lynn to Fakenham Part of the M&gn and the red icons are the Remains of the old railway that I have found to have survived.
M&gn Stations map coverage
Sutton Bridge & Cross Keys Bridge
Starting Just Outside Norfolk At the marvel that is Cross keys Bridge I know this page is South Lynn to Fakenham but I could not help putting pictures of this lovely bridge on this page.The Station opened on the 1st of March 1866 and closed to passengers on 2nd of March 1959 and to freight in 1965.
Calling at Walpole,Terrington,Clenchwarton before arriving at South Lynn.
Below we see two old pictures sourced from Facebook of a M&gn train crossing the Bridge heading towards South Lynn.
The Final destination of these services is unknown and could of been to Norwich,Great Yarmouth,Lowestoft,Hunstanton.
The Bridge was actually called Crosskeys Bridge and was built for a dual purpose bridge to take the M&gn and also road traffic.
When the M&gn closed the bridge remained and is now used for road traffic from the A17.
The A17 was Built on lots of the Railway bed and on parts of the A17 you can still see some of the old Railway Fence Posts.
Cross Keys Bridge was Built in 1897 and in 2022 it is having a nice refreshing paint job.
There is also a page on my website dedicated to railways sited out side Norfolk and Crosskeys Bridge and also Walpole station Memorial site are on here please feel free to look.Other lines are lines in Cambridgeshire.
Cross keys bridge thanks to Britain from above website.
In both images the bridge is still in use as both road use and also rail use carrying the M&gn railway
Cross Keys Bridge seen here in 2021
Cross keys Bridge now carrys road traffic from the busy A17 from King's Lynn to Sleaford and Newark and onto the A1 for road links to the North of England.
This bridge considering its age and the high volume of traffic it carries is in amazing condition and still swings open to let river traffic through to Wisbech docks.
South Lynn Station
Here we arrive at South Lynn Station on the M&gn South Lynn was a busy station but far less busy than the main station in the town centre as this station was on the out skirts of Kings Lynn.
In this currant time there has been talks of reopening a south lynn station park and ride for the fen line to London King's Cross as part of the war ouse project but in recent times I have heard nothing else about this in local papers or news.
South Lynn Took Trains to Fakenham-Melton Constable-Great Yarmouth-Cromer-Sheringham-Norwich-Spalding-Peterbrough-Wisbech how many of the stations trains left from called or passed through here I not to sure off hand.
Hunstanton bound trains passed through here from the midlands and Lincolnshire via a Shuttle line into the Main King's Lynn Station and then on to the Norfolk Coast.
Many thanks to Ben Brooksbank for this picture of 61530 at South Lynn station in 1954 .via Geograph.org.uk https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2846661
The next two pictures we see South Lynn Station station with a picture from
King's Lynn Forums webpage
The picture below is at King's Lynn main station with a M&gn train arriving from South Lynn via the junction at South Lynn.
This second picture could be a Hunstanton Branch line train.
South Lynn station year unknown from the air
Picture used from Britain from above | Historic England
Here we see the old South Lynn site taken from Saddlebow Road just above the new built bridge that takes the A47 Road traffic across where the old track bed once laid.
Once the M&gn closed the track was used for freight traffic for the beet factory at Saddlebow.
The Bridge seen here was built a long time after the M&gn closed & was built to take traffic over the old beet line.
This picture we see here was not long after the track was lifted the year is unknown
Thanks to Paul Miller via Wikimedia for the use of his picture.
Here we see the New built bridge from the other side of Saddlebow Road facing away from South Lynn towards Gayton Road or when this bridge was built would of been track bed towards the King's Lynn Shuttle bridge that would of taken the freight traffic or when open the M&gn traffic toward Kings Lynn or off to Fakenham-Great Yarmouth-Norwich-via Melton Constable
Here we see the old Track bed from the old M&gn railway at this time this track would of been used as freight to the beet factory at Saddlebow.
Thanks to Paul Miller via Wikimedia for this picture
After Leaving South Lynn Station the M&gnjr would of either crossed one of these bridges or branched off towards King's Lynn to link up for London | Dereham | Hunstanton | Wells via Heacham on the Hunstanton branch line.
Here we see The first bridge after South Lynn the South Lynn to King's Lynn shuttle bridge that took trains from The south Lynn station to The town Station then off to Hunstanton or Dereham
Here We see the second bridge At South Lynn that took the M&gnjr off towards the next station Gayton Road
Once the M&gn train passed over this bridge it would of passed over the Fenline from Kings Lynn Town to then Ely Cambridge London-Liverpool Street. How the line crossed I not to sure if was over what I think was a track crossing and not over a Bridge.
after passing the Fenline the M&gn headed off towards Gayton Road through open land that now is still pretty much clear and the border line of Hardwick Narrows followed where the old line once ran.After Passing the rear of Hardwick Narrows the line would of passed over where the A10 now Stands and past the now built A47 King's Lynn Swaffham Bypass before heading down what is now a farm track that can be easily seen from the A47 the old track bed towards this bridge That can be seen from the A149 bypass close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Please see the short video below of M&gn Maps past & present.
Many thanks to Andy f for the use of this image of the bridge remains that carried the m&gnr railway over the Kings Lynn to Dereham line.What is now used as freight use for sand trains as far as Middleton Towers.This remain can be seen from the a149 Kings Lynn in-between the QE Hospital roundabout and the Hardwick roundabout.Sadly since this bridge had been seriously covered in graffiti
After the M&gn crossed over the top of the Dereham line the line headed off towards Gayton road station at Bawsey in this day the line is clear but several quarries have been dug out in the past taking silica sand that is taken to Middleton Towers old station from the lynn Dereham branch line that closed in 1968 but still has a short part open between Middleton & King's Lynn.
The silica sand trains heading from Middleton towards Kings Lynn would pass underneath the M&gn track bed via the old bridge remain seen above.
Please see the video below of maps past & present
Next we come to the approach to Gayton Road station at Bawsey.
In Bawsey country park we have this old bridge remain.
Gayton Road bridge at Bawsey park pmy271
Please see the my Google maps coverage for the position of this bridge.
Gayton Road Station
Gayton Road station opened on 1 July 1887. It was closed on 2 March 1959
Gayton Road station had two platforms and was sited below the road level we see today on the B1145 at Bawsey.
When the station was open there was a bridge that went over the road and the railway ran underneath and through the now waste management yard at Bawsey.
Today there is remains of the platforms luckily hidden away in the over growth so lucky graffiti artists have left this old wonder alone and please keep it that way.
The station buildings have all gone all that remains is a small brick part of what looks to be a old waiting room.
Gayton Road Station
During the open days.
Pre 1959 closure.
Credit Facebook memory of Norfolks railways
Gayton Road railway station remains in 2020
Gayton Road station was one of the hardest stations I found and once I found it it should of been the easiest one to find as its so close to the main road.
Gayton Road station during certain times of the year can get very wet and over grown and even from the main road its not easy to spot.
Gayton Road station 2021
In march 2021 I decided to head back to Gayton Road remains.Having passed these many times and looking from the road seeing them I finally made it back whilst the platforms were not to over grown or to wet to reach.
In-between Gayton Road and Grimston road the line ran through a now waste management company Baco compak.the land here has been built up as the railway station remains of Gayton Road are below road level.The skip storage road is roughly where the line ran leaving Gayton Road railway station on route to Grimston road station in Roydon.The fence post seen in first picture was taken up the embankment between Baco compak and the sand boy public house in Bawsey.
Old railway line now used as skip storage.This roadway has been built up since the line closed the embankments can still be seen to the sides
After the waste management yard we come to this old remain going over the Gaywood river.The bridge number for this is unknown.
This Bridge is not easy to reach and best to access from Cliff En Howe Road and not trespass on the private farm land.
Seen here is the approach to the Gaywood river bridge with what can just be seen seen looks like a old sleeper in the field.If this is part of the old railway of added after I not sure.
What remains of the old Gaywood river bridge
The Gaywood bridge with a fence remain seen here please excuse this picture the fence remain is not bent I used my Go-pro to take this picture and it fisheyes some parts of the photograph.
Grimston Road station
Grimston road station in the next station on the M&gn after Gayton road
Grimston road was not actually in Grimston but in the Village of Roydon
Grimston road station
Opened on the 16 August 1879
Closed to passengers on the 2 March 1959
And finally Closed to freighton the 19 April 1965
Grimston Road Station had two platforms that in this day are no more and all that remains is the Station building thats now used as offices for Ifs Chemicals.
Seen below is what remains of Grimston Road station.
To the left Ifs chemicals yard
& to the Right we see the Union Jack Public house.
Congham railway bridge pmy276 Saint Andrews lane Congham pe321ds..sadly now like most bridges has had graffiti sprayed all over.This bridge carried road traffic over the top whilst the railway ran under the bridge
Sadly The bridge at Congham like many others around the country are getting filled in like
This one from the M&gnjr At Congham
Taken in July 2021
Hillington railway bridge remains pmy278.inbetween Grimston road and hillington station
Hillington railway station in 2020
East Rudham station in 2020
Looking from Broomsthorpe road towards East Rudham along the old track bed between Raynham park station & East rudham
Taken in July 2021
Broomsthorpe road disused bridge crossing
Raynham park railway station
Shereford road Bridge now filled in looking towards where the old tracks once laid
Old plate layers hut at shereford
Old track bed heading off towards Fakenham West
Fakenham west railway station remains in 2020
Now a jewsons builders merchants carpark at fakenham
Click the links below for pictures from the M&GNJR at different lines