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Wissington Light Railway
 

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Wissington Light Railway opened in 1906 to benefit the local farms in the Norfolk area.

In 1925 the sugar beet factory at Wissington was built and had no road access to the factory at the time. 

The factory Traffic relied on the railway and barges from the river.

In modern times the Factory has far better road access, and lorries carry all the beet traffic from roughly a 50mile radius.

Wissington Railway Branched off From The Downham Stoke Ferry Line Between Denver & Stoke Ferry at Abbey & West Dereham

Wissington Railway was unique as it never had an act or Parliament to build this railway.

Three Barges Called Wissington-Hilgay-Littleport were used pulling Steel Barges with Coal or Beet.

During World War II, The factory was deemed essential, and the Ministry of Agriculture took over the railway in March 1941. And in 1943, river traffic was stopped being used.

The Ministry of Agriculture drafted Italian prisoners of war to work on the Railway and to help build better road access to the factory & the Farmland.

After World War II, The Ministry Of Agriculture took over & Brought the Railway in 1957. Parts of the line started to close as road access took over most of the Traffic to the Factory & Farmland.

The Final Closure was in 1982, When the line closed for good.

In This Day, I could only find this old Bridge seen Below Just Out Side the Beet Factory at Wissington.

The Beet factory still stands today and is still in use during the winter Beet Campaign

I could find the Only Surviving Remain of the old Railway, this Disused Railway Bridge just out of Side Wissington.

I have been told also there is another Bridge closer to the factory that is now used.

Or it was Demolished and another bridge put in place to carry industrial pipes to the sugar factory.

Wissington Light Railway
Wissington Light Railway
Wissington Light Railway

After Leaving The Beet Factory looking at these maps dated from 

1937-1961

We see the line going on to various other parts of the local area to various farms around this area.

Mostly Close to Feltwell & Methwold

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for the use of these Maps

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Wissington Light Railway Maps Past & Present

Thanks to the National Library of Scotland for these maps.