Norfolks Disused Railways story
Hello and welcome to my humble website www.Norfolksdisusedrailways.com that I started making during the 2020 covid lock down in Norfolk.
Norfolks Disused Railways to be honest was never really planned I have always been interested in the old and the modern railway From years back when my dad took me to watch the old class 47s at Kings Lynn in the Late 80s Early 90s.
I have also always been interested in disused airbases and modern aviation since my much younger days at Mildenhall air fete watching the Sr71,Vulcan bomber and various other long lost aircraft.
Understandably but sadly more engineering marvels that have been sadly lost in time.
The website Norfolks disused railways started one day on may the 9th when during lock down when Norfolk was very quiet. I had traced many disused lines on google maps and by browsing the internet .So one day during a heat wave I decided to stay local and get my bike out and go for a bike ride down the beach Nothing railway related & when on the way back I see in the distance a plate layers hut what I have also used as the Home Screen page for Norfolks Disused Railways.
So I decided to go for a look and what I found via ken hill woods & not trespassing through the farmers private land was the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Line and I was amazed how clear it was.
The strange part is I have been down this road many times and never really took any notice.
Whilst there I see the farmer and he was fine with me photographing this old hut.
Now things have changed & this part is not accessible due to people not respecting the area and walking all over so understandably the farm owners have blocked this part off.Please don't attempt to access this area.
And this is where I started off this website on the 9th of May 2020 at Snettisham and Heacham on the old Lynn Hunstanton Railway .
I biked through from Snettisham to Heacham along the old bed and loved every moment of it and when I got home I got google maps out and was hooked and on different weekends weather permitting I went out and traced different parts of the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Line.
All cuts and bruises and all flat bike tyres included.
Parts between North Wootton and Wolferton are private farm land and Sandringham estate land so I respected the owners privacy and never attempted this part.
After I had traced This line I started to make a webpage. Originally was just going to be about the King's Lynn to Hunstanton Line but after tracing various other lines and seeing what was left & after a few name changes.
www.Norfolksdisusedrailways.com was born.
The next line I traced was the Heacham to Wells next to sea and then King's Lynn to Dereham & the M&gnjr South Lynn to Fakenham.
Some of these lines I have revisited many times to rediscover new parts that I had found of these old disused lines.And also tried to get better photos in better light conditions.
One of the stations I found hardest to find was the old M&gnjr station at Gayton Road looking now its right behind the road but when looking for it was so over grown & it was looking me in the face but covered in over growth luckily for the station because there is no graffiti like some of the other places in Norfolk and now slowly going beyond Norfolk on some lines that started in this county but ended outside Norfolk-Cambridgeshire mainly.
Another line I wanted to find was the old bridges in Fakenham from the old Fakenham to Great Rybrough line now owned by Norfolks orbital railway.This was another amazing walk and some amazing bridges to be found here on this walk.Just make sure you start from the right place I once again took the wrong path and ended up near Fakenham horse racing track .So a quick detour across some lovely overgrown overgrowth & I was on the right track.
This is the part that in a strange way I enjoy some of these old railway remains take some finding and when you get on the right track and find them I personally found it a great achievement.
Once I had traced and walked or biked some of these lines I brought a drone and done my licence and hopefully kept in the height laws and made an aerial page but sadly due my stupidity the drone is no more.
Ill be honest I don't think this web site will ever be finished as I keep finding new parts or sadly but understandably like I found out via twitter.That a Bridge near me at Congham off the old M&gnjr between South Lynn & Fakenham West has been filled in to make it safer for heavy goods vehicles to pass over sad but a fact that these things are getting older and some of the old remains have done an amazing job to still remain in these times years after closure.
Seeing as no one has been keeping maintenance up on these old pieces of history.
Some parts of Norfolks old lines have luckily been brought by private owners and have been restored into amazing pieces of history most memorable is the old Royal station at Wolferton.Also West Raynham station & Marriotts way in Norwich.
Some of the later lines so far I have traced are Watlington to Wisbech and March in Cambridgeshire and most recent at the time of writing this article was the Marriotts way walk in Norwich covering an amazing walk and cycle path from Norwich City Station to Drayton just out side Norwich and also a personal thanks to all the volunteers who uncovered some of the parts here.The old engine shed Hellesdon platform and various other parts so the next generation can enjoy this part of Norfolks history.
Another part of this website I started to make quite late into the construction of Norfolks disused railways was Google maps coverage of various lines from Norfolk including pictures and a description and driving instructions of how to get from place to place.
Also not just disused railways are covered on this page.One of my favourite places in Norfolk a close second to the beach and coastline is the North Norfolk Railway and also the Mid Norfolk Railway.
Hopefully one day when I get more time I will volunteer at the North Norfolk Railway.
If any volunteers are reading this please accept my sincere thanks for all you do in your spare time.Giving up your time for free to keep these historical lines running not just Norfolk's preserved lines but to all across he whole of the Uk who volunteer.
The equipment I used for this site was basically me a Nikon d800 and a wide angle lens and my iPhone 8.Once the site progressed I brought a go pro that I can carry a lot easier than a dslr and can take to work with me with ease and also my old drone.A husban Zeno pro that sadly got salt water in the propellors when landing at Hunstanton whilst photographing the old station site from the air.
Norfolks Disused Railways was never started for any profit it was a small hobby of mine that was started by chance and grew and grew with more lines and remains to follow so keep a eye on Twitter @Norfolksdisused
Some of the people I have met making this site have been an amazing help and I am willing to do the same for anyone wanting to do the same for a school project | Hobby | or any other reason please feel free to get in contact via twitter for any humble help I might be able to pass on.
So from a sunny May Day in 2020 to this day Norfolks Disused Railways will hopefully keep growing and I thank you for looking at my website keep following tweet me and keep safe
Thanks again from the admin at www.Norfolksdisusedrailways.com