Watlington | Magdalen Road To Wisbech

The Bramley Line

Welcome to Norfolks disused railway's page of Magdalen Road-Watlington to Wisbech line.

The Bramley Line Between Watlington or Magdalen Road was opened in February 1848 and was closed in 1968 as far as Wisbech.
The line after Wisbech to march remained open until 2000 for freight 

The Bramley Line called at


Magdalen Gate


Middle Drove


Smeeth Road






Wisbech East

The line has had many attempts to reopen in-between March & Wisbech as the line bed lies clear and the railway is still down in places.

Sadly this part in-between Watlington & Wisbech is blocked off in many parts and Wisbech Station has been demolished and a housing estate built over the area.

Please also look at this page by Lewis Collard 

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Google My maps coverage from the Bramley line 

Watlington | Magdalen Road station

Watlington or Magdalen Road station opened in 1846 as Watlington for services to then only as far as ely.


The rest of the line to Cambridge and London was completed in stages shortly after.

In 1848 Watlington Junction opened with a line to Wisbech that closed in 1968.

Also with the closure of the line on the 9th of September 1968 the station closed. 

Locals petitioned and finally got the station reopened on May the 5th 1975 the station reopened still called Magdalen Road.


On the 3rd of October 1989 the line changed its name back to Watlington but still to this day the signal box carrys the

Network South East sign of Magdalen Road 


Credit archant via Facebook

Watlington signal box in 2020 what still carries the network south style name Magdalen road what the station was called until 1989


Magdalen road signal box
magdalen road signal box

Here we see the old platform at watlington station the was in use when the line ran to Wisbech and March.

Watlington Station
Watlington station

Just by the station we see this old railway remain from the bygone days

Watlington station norfolk

The new platform at Watlington. Built when the station reopened.

Magdalen road \ Watlington station

The next two pictures are taken from the side of the station where roughly the old track bed would of been leaving Magdalen Road towards Wisbech

watlington wisbech track bed
watlington wisbech track bed

Here we see an Aerial shot taken just by the first railway bridge remain.In the distance you can see the tree line curve round to the left and watlington village to the rear of this photo

Bramley line aerial shot

Just after the first here we see where the line would of crossed the river ouse and stow road and headed off to Middle Drove & Marshland Saint James. 


Next after we leave Magdalen Road heading towards Wisbech we cross 4 bridges two are still there and two are just small remains of the former bridges.

Number one crosses the river ouse relief channel  and still in use as public footpath.

Number two is just brick remains crossing the river ouse.

Number three are brick remains crossing stow road -vehicle road.

Number 4 is a still used bridge used by farm land access by public foot path and trust me its a long walk. 

Please look at the google map coverage I done for rough track lay out and bridge positions.

watlington railway line bridges

Bridge number one crossing the river Ouse relief channel

magdalen road wisbech railway bridge
magdalen road wisbech railway bridge
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magdalen road wisbech railway bridge

Bridge number two crossing the river ouse 

magdalen road wisbech railway bridge

Bridge number three crossing Stow road 

magdalen road wisbech railway bridge
magdalen road wisbech railway bridge

Not long after taking these pictures the former remains from this bridge are completely demolished in I guess mid to late 2021

Watlington to March Railway

Bridge number 4 crossing the middle level main drain 

magdalen road wisbech railway bridge middle level main drain
magdalen road wisbech railway bridge
middle level main drain
magdalen road wisbech railway bridge

Middle Drove Station

Next along the line we see Middle Drove station.

Middle drove station like the rest closed in 1968 and is now used as a private residence.


Smeeth road Railway Station.

Smeeth road station in the village of Marshland Saint James closed in 1968.

This old station building is also now used as private residence.

Opposite this station there are now houses blocking off where this old line used to run.

smeeth road railway station
smeeth road railway station
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Here we see Emneth station in 2020 from the Magdalen road/Watlington march Bramley Line

emneth station

Level crossing cottage near wolsoken


Many thanks for looking.This is a old picture of Wisbech station I sourced via the internet.Sadly today there are no Remains at all of Wisbech Station.
After Wisbech the line carried on out side norfolk on the Bramley line to March and even though the line is closed the bed and even the rails in lots of parts still remain and there is major backing for this to be reopened..
Please feel free to look at my other lines page seen here for coverage up to March and March Station.