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Welcome to www.norfolksdisusedrailways.com coverage of Melton Constable works buildings and memorials taken in the summer of 2020.

 

The station in 2020 had been demolished many years before and been built over since, and there is no sign of where this magnificent railway station once stood.

 

Maybe the railway station will one day be replaced by the Norfolk Orbital Railway project.

The Norfolk orbital project plans to link the Mid Norfolk Railway and the North Norfolk Railway with a new station built at a different site at Melton Constable.

In 1881 Melton Constable had a population of around 120 people, a tiny village at this time.

This was soon to change with the arrival of the railway in 1882

Melton Constable had reached its heyday in about 1911.

 

It was a new village built in the 1880s at the junction of four railway lines, which came from Cromer, North WalshamKing's Lynn and Norwich and linked Norfolk to the Midlands.

 

The M&gn had a nickname called the.

Muddle & go nowhere

 

The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway(M&GNJR)'s main workshops and factory were also situated in the village, helping to give it the character of a rural industrialised town.

 

The workshops were often called the Crewe Works of North Norfolk.

 

When in the M&GNJR hands, the works built 19 steam locomotives at Melton Constable.

Melton Constable also serviced many of the M&Gn steam engines at this site and scrapped the older machines at a gas cutting works sited at the engine works.

One of Melton Constable's most significant exports was the concrete works sited here, making many railway items of furniture fence posts, signal posts, and supports.

 

Also, pre-fabricated station buildings were constructed at the site in Norfolk.

During World War One, Melton Constable was turned into a military munitions shell production site; this made Melton Constable a target for the German Zeppelin raids at night when the workers were still at work and the engine works were well lit up.

The work of maintaining the railway engines was temporally moved to neighbouring companies during  World War One.

Sadly, some engine drivers lost their lives during World War One, as did William Marriotts, son.

During World War Two, the works shops were significantly smaller, so they were not of as much use as they were during the First World War, as a lot of the work had been moved to Stratford by this time.

 

After the M&GN was bought by the London and North Eastern Railway in 1936, Melton Constable station began to decline, and the line’s new owners transferred the many operations to its works in Stratford.

Many of the staff also left Melton Constable to relocate to the new works at Stratford close to London.

Other railway companies had also moved in at this time, making the M&gn less popular due to its many rural locations.

 

The works continued to be used for local small maintenance jobs here, and in 1951 a new smaller shed was built for maintenance use.

This shed could hold up to 12 locomotives.

In 1964 Melton Constable closed completely, five years after some parts of the M&gn that had already closed in 1959

 

British Railways chose to close the lines and withdraw both passenger and goods services from Melton Constable, which resulted in the slow decline of the village; it now lies stranded in the middle of a vast agricultural area which now uses other forms of transport like most places in Norfolk the motor car or HGV or a bus.

It is said that there are still many residents who live in this long-lost village who remember the railway days and whose family members also worked on the railways.

Melton Constable now has a population of 500 people.

I can imagine that many families who live here may not have come to Norfolk if not for the works and railway at Melton Constable.

In 1971 the station was demolished, and the works were converted into an industrial estate.

 

The railways may eventually return to Melton Constable as part of the Norfolk Orbital Railway, which would have a station there.

 

Thanks to Wikipedia for the information

Melton Constable

Many thanks to Ben Brooksbank for the use of this picture from Geograph.org.uk

Of Melton Constable Station norfolk.

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Thanks to Wikimedia for the Photo Below of Melton Constable

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Melton Constable customer entrance

Sourced from Facebook group

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Melton Constable engine workshops 

Photo used from Norfolk orbital Facebook page

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Melton Constable Turntable

Photographer unknown

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Ordinance survey maps from the railway's open days.

 

They are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland. 

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YouTube production of the maps from the Melton Constable railway works.

 

 

Melton Constable Past & Present.

The Melton constable Village sign

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A memorial left for the workers and the lost railway at Melton Constable.

I think that this arch was placed at what was the entrance to the M&GNJR railway works.

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Melton Constable workshops which survived the closure of the railway, are now used as industrial buildings. 

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The shed was built in 1951 after most of the works had relocated to Stratford.

This shed could hold up to 12 Locomotives and was used for small maintenance jobs and servicing engines.

Before this concrete shed was built, a wooden engine shed was demolished to make way for this newer building.

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The old water tower still survives to this day from the old railway days.
The water tower 
was damaged in one of the world wars and had been restored.

This building I have read is said to soon be a listed building

Melton constable water tower

Melton Constable the sidings now looks like it's used as a restaurant.

The building to the right is a disused railway building and as seen on the channel 5 tv program walking Britains lost railways there are some interesting historical railway remains inside I would love to photograph them for this site.

melton constable the sidings

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