Crown Point, Norwich
|Location||Norwich, United Kingdom|
|Owner(s)||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Type||Diesel, Electric, DMU|
|Opened||27 October 1982|
The name is now more commonly associated with the Crown Point Traction Maintenance Depot (TMD) operated by Abellio Greater Anglia which was opened on 27 October 1982 by then chairman of the British Railways Board, Peter Parker. It replaced the original depot which was located close to Norwich station. Intercity and Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains are serviced and maintained here. The depot code is NC.
Class 90 locomotives, Driving Van Trailers, Mark 3 carriages, Class 153 DMUs, Class 156 DMUs and Class 170 DMUs are currently (2015) maintained here, as well as occasional Class 158 DMU, Class 47 locomotives and 08 Shunters. Previously the depot has been home to Class 03 shunters, Class 86 electric locomotives and Class 101 DMU.
It was previously nicknamed "Clown Point" by railway enthusiasts due to the perceived poor quality of the maintenance. This perception is out of date however, with the Class 170 DMUs maintained there being (year to October 2009) the second most reliable new-generation DMUs in the UK at some 16,000 miles per 5-minute delay, while over the same period the reliability of the depot's Class 90-hauled trains was respectable in comparison with other inter-city trains. (See also the article on Abellio Greater Anglia.)
This nickname, however, has its origins in truth. Many years ago, travelling circuses moved their goods by rail rather than by road. In order to avoid the chaos of unloading scenery and wild animals at the passenger station, a siding was built to allow the unloading to take place away from the general public. The site chosen for this "Circus Siding" is now occupied by Crown Point Depot.
- Kelly, Peter (October 1983). "Crown Point prepares for its big day". Rail Enthusiast. EMAP National Publications. p. 17. ISSN 0262-561X. OCLC 49957965.
- "Crown Point's gala day". Rail Enthusiast. EMAP National Publications. November 1983. p. 21. ISSN 0262-561X. OCLC 49957965.
An overhead view of the depot.