Cromer Beach when under construction in 1886 was quite an impressive sight. Today’s drab platform presents quite a contrast. A Class 153 diesel unit has just arrived. The original station building, now a restaurant, can be seen extreme right.
Great Yarmouth was the terminus of the Great Yarmouth and Stalham Light Railway. In the 1890 view one of their Hudswell Clark 4-4-0 tanks is seen in the centre with one of their 4 wheel clerestory coaches on the right. Today the site is a car and coach park but a few of the original columns and spandrels serve as a reminder of the site’s past.
Melton Constable was the engineering heart of the M&GN where the works was located. The 1959 view is facing east while the 2010 air photo is looking west. You can see the line enter the bottom left of the picture, the works in the centre, still in use as an industrial estate and the line then leaves the view at the top right
The large station building was destroyed by World War Two bombing and a smaller temporary station building erected till closure in 1959. In recent years the Friends of Norwich City Station (FONCS) have excavated parts of the site.
South Lynn was a major station on the system with a large locoshed. If you were a trainspotter in 1958 you might recognise yourself in the cab of Class 4MT No 43111. Today, if you know where to look you can still find remains of the railway. In this 2010 photograph the former locoshed was located to the right of the roundabout, the line to King’s Lynn can be seen curving away to the left while the line to Fakenham curves gently left towards the top of the picture.
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