Harwich Town railway station
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Harwich Town is a railway station which serves the town of Harwich, in Essex, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. It is the eastern terminus of the electrified Mayflower Line from Manningtree.
The line to Harwich was originally opened in 1854 but the present station was built on a revised alignment by the Great Eastern Railway in 1865–66. The original station in George Street, just a short distance to the North, having burned down. The word 'Town' was added to the station name in 1883.
The original station and terminus had three platforms and included lines which ran directly onto the two piers from which the GER ferry services operated. There was also a GER owned hotel 'The Great Eastern' on the quay between the two piers. These piers became redundant when the GER opened Parkeston Quay up-river from Harwich and in 1923 the LNER closed the hotel.
The arrival/sailing of a train ferry every six hours (day and night) with each vessel bringing and sailing with 36 continental wagons which were handled over sidings on the North-West side of the station created a high level of activity, and in later years car trains were regular users of the outer platforms delivering/collecting cars for MAT Transport and delivering cars,mainly for BMC, for eventual shipment from Navyard Wharf.
The station, goods yard, and movements to and from the train ferry terminal were controlled from a signal box positioned at the southern end of the station which was in use from 1882 until December 1985 and had 50 levers.
In 2013 the service on the 'Mayflower Line' sees an hourly train for most of the week, although a few extra services run during the morning and evening peak Monday to Friday. They operate between Manningtree and Harwich Town calling at all stations, although a few trains are extended to or from Colchester or London Liverpool Street.
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