Thuxton railway station

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Thuxton
Thuxton station 2012.jpg
Thuxton station, 2012
Location
Place Thuxton
Area Breckland, Norfolk
Grid reference TG031072
Operations
Managed by Norfolk Railway
Great Eastern Railway
Owned by London & North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Mid-Norfolk Railway
Platforms 2
History
15 February 1847 Opened
13 July 1964 Closed to freight
6 October 1969 Closed to passengers
26 July 1997 Reopened as part of MNR
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Thuxton is a railway station in the village of Thuxton in the English county of Norfolk. The station is served by heritage services operated by the Mid-Norfolk Railway on the line from Dereham to Wymondham.

When re-opened by the Mid-Norfolk Railway in 1997 the station was initially used as a request stop, but was returned to full stopping status on 16 June 2002.[1] The waiting rooms on the down platform have been restored by their private owner for use as holiday accommodation.[2] There is no passenger car parking available near this station due to the narrow lanes through the village.

Facilities[edit]

Thuxton is a two-platform station. The main building, which included the Stationmaster's house was built by the Norfolk Railway. The Great Eastern Railway later added glass-fronted waiting rooms to the platforms.

The station was equipped with a single siding goods yard on the down side of the formation. The yard was to the north of the passenger station, with no goods shed or fixed loading facilities.[3]

Until late 2010 only the down platform was used for passenger services, with its waiting room in private ownership. The up line platform, where the waiting room was demolished, has been restored to its original length as part of the passing loop project and a new waiting room is being constructed on the original footprint and will mirror the waiting room on the down platform.[4]

Passing loop[edit]

Relaying Thuxton loop, May 2009

Work to relay the lifted up formation and restore the second platform at this station, in order to provide a passing loop for trains running between Dereham and Wymondham, was completed in time for the September 2010 diesel gala.

The loop is intended to be controlled by a signal box built using components from the box from East Winch railway station on the Dereham to King's Lynn line, and includes provision for an eventual restoration of a section of double track railway south of the station potentially to Kimberley Park. The McKenzie and Holland lever frame recovered from Seven Sisters signal box was installed in the signal box at Thuxton in August 2014 with plans to commission it during winter 2014/2015.

The crossover to the south of the station was completed by volunteer staff during January 2009. The northern point and track panels either side of the level crossing were laid by contractors during May and ballasted during June. Work on the signal box also commenced in June.

The second track over the level crossing was restored over the weekend of 11–14 June 2010, with Class 31 diesel 31438 becoming the first locomotive, since the singling of the route, to pass over the level crossing on this side of the formation on 12 June 2010.[5] Some local residents were unhappy about aspects of the restoration, citing concerns about disruption and the narrow access lane being blocked.[6]

Signal box[edit]

Location Original location Built by Notes Photograph
Thuxton New build Mid-Norfolk Railway The original Thuxton signal box was located to the north of the station platforms, but was downgraded to ground frame status in 1933 and demolished before 1955.[3] The replacement box is located on a new site to the south of the level crossing in the design of Shippea Hill signal box in Cambridgeshire, using some components from the cabin of East Winch signal box, Norfolk.[7] Thuxton signal box.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnston, Howard (2002). "Regional News". Rail (EMAP Active Ltd) (438): 22. 
  2. ^ Thuxton station holiday let
  3. ^ a b Jenkins, 1993, page 135
  4. ^ Thuxton loop homepage
  5. ^ MNR News
  6. ^ "Public meeting in village about Mid-Norfolk Railway concerns". Eastern Daily Press. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.thuxtonloop.org.uk/signalbox.html Signal box project

External links[edit]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Yaxham   Mid-Norfolk Railway   Kimberley Park
Historical railways
Yaxham
Line and station open
  British Rail
Eastern Region

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

Coordinates: 52°37′29″N 1°00′04″E / 52.6247°N 1.001°E / 52.6247; 1.001