Wymondham railway station

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Wymondham National Rail
Wymondham
The station viewed from the footbridge (May 2009)
Location
Place Wymondham
Local authority South Norfolk, Norfolk
Grid reference TG114009
Operations
Station code WMD
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 95,998
2005/06 Increase 100,118
2006/07 Increase 109,610
2007/08 Increase 115,983
2008/09 Increase 133,464
2009/10 Increase 134,518
2010/11 Increase 138,006
2011/12 Increase 156,624
2012/13 Increase 168,486
History
Key dates Opened 30 July 1845 (30 July 1845)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wymondham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Wymondham is a railway station in the town of Wymondham in the English county of Norfolk. The station is served by local services operated by East Midlands Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia on the Breckland Line 10 34 miles (17.3 km) west of Norwich to Peterborough and Cambridge.

Wymondham station is also the junction for the Mid-Norfolk Railway, although currently their passenger trains, running 11 12 miles (18.5 km) north to East Dereham, operate from the separate Wymondham Abbey station. The two stations are about a mile apart.

Wymondham was also a junction for a line via Ashwellthorpe to Forncett.

Until April 2009 there was a Telegraph pole route still in operation between here and Brandon. This was removed gradually during the early part of 2009 and was the last section remaining in England and one of the last remaining in the UK. In December 2012, the signal box was closed and the semaphore signalling was replaced by lightweight LED signals controlled from Cambridge signal box.

Service[edit]

Greater Anglia operate an hourly service eastbound to Norwich (12mins) and westbound to Cambridge (62mins). East Midlands Trains operate 4 daily eastbound services to Norwich and 2 daily westbound services to Ely, Peterborough and Liverpool Lime Street with a daily Cambridge service.

On Sundays, Greater Anglia operate a predominantly hourly service to Cambridge and return to Norwich.

A Ticket Office was re-established by National Express East Anglia at Wymondham in 2005, 39 years after the station had become an unstaffed halt under British Railways. The Ticket Office is open on weekday mornings from 05.45 until 10.10hrs.

Wymondham Railway Station was named "Small Station of the Year" in the 2006 National Rail Awards.

The rural stations restaffing initiative won the inaugural "Putting Passengers First Award" at the 2007 National Rail Awards.

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Greater Anglia
Limited Service
Limited Service
East Midlands Trains
Limited Service
Heritage railways
Interchange with Wymondham Abbey on the Mid-Norfolk Railway
Historical railways
Line and station open
Eastern Region of British Railways Terminus
Line and station open
Norfolk Railway
Line open, station closed
Disused railways
Terminus London and North Eastern Railway
Wymondham to Forncett, via Ashwellthorpe
Line and station closed
Future services
Wymondham Abbey
Line closed, station open
  Norfolk Orbital Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
  Terminus

Wymondham was named Best Station' at the 'Anglia in Bloom' awards in 2008, and the Brief Encounter Restaurant and the Railway Ticket office were jointly awarded 1st place as 'Best Retail Outlet' at the 2008 'Community Rail Partnership' awards.

Rolling stock[edit]

Until Summer 2010 three items of rolling stock were displayed on a short section of isolated line laid close to the station, originally intended to house a camping coach. These were Drewry 0-4-0 diesel shunter VF D297 DC 2583 of 1956, disguised as a Class 04 tram locomotive, a British Railways tube wagon and DS55466, and a LBSCR 25 ton brake van, formerly used as Stratford crane mess van. The wagons have since been relocated to the Whitwell & Reepham railway station, with the locomotive moving to the Bressingham Steam Museum.

Future[edit]

The Signal box, MNR line to the right and the rolling stock (isolated) in May 2009

The preserved Mid Norfolk Railway has proposed extending their own line to an adjacent station, which would offer easy interchange with National Rail services. More ambitiously, the proposed Norfolk Orbital Railway would see services restored between Wymondham and the Norfolk Coast. This would involve use of the track owned by the Mid Norfolk Railway. Wymondham Abbey would be the next station northwards. If direct services between Norwich and King's Lynn were ever restored, it is likely they would run through Wymondham.

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Coordinates: 52°33′53″N 1°07′04″E / 52.56484°N 1.11765°E / 52.56484; 1.11765