Kimberley Park railway station

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Kimberley Park
Kimberley Park railway station Norfolk.jpg
Kimberley Park station, 2008
Location
Place Kimberley
Area Breckland, Norfolk
Coordinates 52°35′28″N 1°03′07″E / 52.591101°N 1.051945°E / 52.591101; 1.051945Coordinates: 52°35′28″N 1°03′07″E / 52.591101°N 1.051945°E / 52.591101; 1.051945
Grid reference TG068036
Operations
Managed by Great Eastern Railway
Owned by London & North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Great Eastern Railway (1989) Ltd.
Mid-Norfolk Railway
Platforms 1
History
15 February 1847 Opened (Kimberley)
1 July 1923 Renamed (Kimberley Park)
13 July 1964 Closed to freight
6 October 1969 Closed to passengers
22 May 2004 Reopened as part of MNR
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Kimberley Park railway station is a railway station in the village of Kimberley in the English county of Norfolk.

History[edit]

Kimberley Park railway station (1906)
Line towards Dereham
Bridge 1682 B1135 Danemoor Bridge
5 Milepost
Bridge 1681
4 Milepost
Level Crossing
Station and signal box
Goods yard
Bridge 1679 Wicklewood Bridge
3 Milepost
Line towards Wymondham

The station was rebuilt by the Great Eastern Railway and provided with a second platform when the line was doubled in the early 1880s. A new up platform was constructed, and the existing buildings were given new glass-fronted passenger accommodation and platform canopies.[1] In 1882 the station was considered a request stop.[2]

Until 1923 the station was known as 'Kimberley', but this was changed to 'Kimberley Park' during the Grouping to avoid confusion with Kimberley station in Nottinghamshire.[3] The main buildings were on the down platform, with a smaller waiting room being provided on the up.

The goods yard was situated on the down side of the line, comprising a single siding linked by trailing connections to the up and down main lines. Although Kimberley had no goods shed or crane, it was provided with loading docks and a cattle pen.[4]

Present day[edit]

There is no car parking at this station.[5] The station is served by heritage services operated by the Mid-Norfolk Railway on the line from East Dereham to Wymondham Abbey station.[6]

Signal box[edit]

The original standard GER signal box was located at the southern end of the down platform, where the footings can still be clearly seen.[4][7] The Mid-Norfolk Railway intends to replace this 'box, in an alternate location on the currently out-of-use up platform, with the cabin from Soham.[8][9]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Thuxton   Mid-Norfolk Railway   Wymondham Abbey
Disused railways
Hardingham
Line open, station closed
  British Rail
Eastern Region

Wymondham to Wells via East Dereham
  Wymondham
Line closed, station open
Future services
Hardingham
Line open, station closed
  Norfolk Orbital Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
  Wymondham Abbey
Line and station open

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, S. (1993). The Lynn and Dereham Railway. Oakwood Press. p. 50. ISBN 0-85361-443-1. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, S. (1993). The Lynn and Dereham Railway. Oakwood Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-85361-443-1. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, S. (1993). The Lynn and Dereham Railway. Oakwood Press. p. 83. ISBN 0-85361-443-1. 
  4. ^ a b Jenkins, S. (1993). The Lynn and Dereham Railway. Oakwood Press. p. 140. ISBN 0-85361-443-1. 
  5. ^ Planning Your Visit: Minor Stations
  6. ^ Kimberley park station
  7. ^ Remains of Kimberley station signal box
  8. ^ Signal Box on the move....
  9. ^ Soham box