M&gnjr Norwich City To Drayton

Welcome to Norfolks disused railways.

 

 

 

Part one from Norwich City station to Drayton Station via Hellesdon in Norfolk.

Marriots way walk starts in the centre of Norwich at the Barn road and Barker street inner ring road roundabout .You will see the railway monument and the old Railway gates at the start of the route.

I personally found it easier to park at Drayton and cycle to Norwich and then photograph this old route on the return cycle ride on the 29th of march 2021.Drayton was also less distance to drive personally for me but depends where you live.There will be more easier parking at Norwich as Drayton has very few spaces to park.

The Marriott way walk in total is 26 miles long and this page covers the first part from Norwich City station to Drayton via Hellesdon station what still partly still remains in part to this day as does Norwich City station and Norwich City station engine sheds.

Marriotts way walk covers two old disused railway lines now used as public footpaths.

Norwich to Themelthorpe & Themelthorpe to Aylsham .

The Norwich Themelthorpe line was built in. 1882 by the Lynn & Fakenham Railway company what was then taken over by the M&Gnjr in 1893 and ran up to Melton Constable giving a through route to the midlands.

The Themelthorpe branch to Aylsham was completed in 1893 to provide a link to other lines at Wroxham and County school station and North Elmham.Now owned by the mid Norfolk Railway who hope to reopen this part of the line as part of there heritage railway.

Both lines Never made any profit and in 1959 both lines closed to passengers but in 1960 the lines were joined by the sharpest curve in British Railways network the Themelthorpe curve.For movements of Concrete products from Lenwade This line closed to freight in the 1980s and the track was lifted.

Part of the old line was reopened and now used as the Bure Valley Railway line.

Most Infomation was sourced from Wikipedia.

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Here we see googlemaps coverage from Norwich at the start of the Marriott way walk at the former site of the Norwich City station now partly remaining.From the inner ring road roundabout you cant miss the start of the walk just look for the monument and the old railway gates as seen in the pictures to follow below.

Thanks to Google maps for all the maps used in this page.

Marriots way part one photographed 29th march 2021

Norwich City station was opened in 1882 an closed in 1959 to passengers and 1969 to freight.Norwich city station had four platforms and was the southern terminus for the Midland Great Northern joint railway from Melton Constable linking Norwich to the Midlands,Peterbrough,Leicester and more locally Cromer and King's Lynn and Sheringham 

Norwich City station had 4 platforms and in 1942 the building was badly destroyed by bombing raids from the Second World War and one usaf aircraft crashed into the site to save more loss of life by crashing or a more populated area 

After this temporary buildings were used at Norwich until the line closed shortly after 

In 2021 all that still remains are one platform and thanks to Friends of Norwich City Station this and the base of the old train sheds can still be seen.

Norwich City station drawing acquired from Wikipedia

Norwich City station in 1942 after the blitz | Credit to edp Archant library

Melton Constable train at Norwich City station in 1958. | Credit

Edp Archant library.

Norwich City station in 1966 | Credit goes to arching library via edp 

Entrance to Marriotts way 

The railway monument that can be seen from the ring road roundabout

Marriots way Monument

Marriotts way entrance and just behind the gate part of Norwich City station lays. 

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Here we see the only remains in 2021 of Norwich City station

Norwich city station
Norwich city station
Marriotts way

After Norwich City station we next see this old remain what is either a signal base or more what I think is a base for a old water tower used on the railway please feel free to comment if you know.

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Next just down the line we arrive at the old Norwich City station engine shed remains 

Norwich City station in 2021