Diss railway station

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Diss National Rail
2014 at Diss - main building.jpg
Place Diss
Local authority District of South Norfolk
Grid reference TM127796
Station code DIS
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category C2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 314,136
2005/06 Increase 325,533
2006/07 Increase 417,857
2007/08 Increase 551,781
2008/09 Increase 559,544
2009/10 Decrease 539,234
2010/11 Increase 600,904
2011/12 Increase 615,010
2012/13 Increase 646,158
2013/14 Increase 675,527
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Diss from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Diss railway station serves the town of Diss in Norfolk, England. The station is on the Great Eastern Main Line 20 miles (32 km) south of Norwich towards London Liverpool Street. The station, and all trains serving it, are currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.


The station at Diss was proposed by the Ipswich and Bury Railway as part of their route to Norwich. Such were the changes in the railway industry that in 1847 the Ipswich and Bury Railway became part of the Eastern Union Railway, which started operating in 1849. This became part of the Eastern Counties Railway in 1854, which amalgamated with several other railways to form the Great Eastern Railway (GER) in 1862.[1]

In 1873 there was an accident at Diss when a goods and passenger train collided in fog injuring four passengers.[2]

In 1883 a signal box was opened, possibly replacing an earlier structure.[3]

Following the Grouping the GER amalgamated with other railways to form the London & North Eastern Railway and at nationalisation in 1948 this became the Eastern Region of British Railways.

In 1985 the line through Diss station was electrified by British Rail to the 25kV overhead system and the following year electrically hauled InterCity services commenced. At the same time the signal box was abolished as power signalling was introduced to the area.

In 1994 the railways were privatised and the ownership of the tracks and station passed to Railtrack until 2002 and then to Network Rail. During this period the operation of the station and train services has been franchised to Anglia Railways (1997-2004), National Express East Anglia (2004-2012) and Abellio Greater Anglia (2012–present).


A goods yard was located on the up (eastern) side of the line equipped with a goods shed for the loading and unloading of goods as well as cattle pens.[4] Up until the 1880s the Scole Estate Railway (an agricultural railway for William Betts family at Frenze Hall which extended for 7 miles and had two engines[5] ) had a connection into the station yard.[6]

In 2013 the station has a waiting room on each platform; toilets on the London side (Platform 1). It has a ticket office, and ticket machines for when the ticket office is closed, one located on each platform. The old station master's house, which is part of the station and mostly the station's upstairs accommodation, is currently being used by one of the town's taxi companies.


A Class 90 hauling a train to London

Services at Diss in 2014 are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. There are a few summer Saturday services between London and Great Yarmouth. A few services operate between London and Lowestoft.

Historic services[edit]

As well as the express services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, a local all stations service also called at Diss serving local stations such as Mellis, Burston and Tivetshall. The local service was withdrawn on 7 November 1966 when the smaller stations were closed.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Eastern Railway
Line open, station closed
Anglia Railways


  1. ^ Great Eastern Railway Pages 234 - 239 by Cecil J Allen (Ian Allan 1955) ISBN 07110 0659 8
  2. ^ Walsh, Bernard (July 1997). "Diss Letter". Great Eastern Journal 91: 45. 
  3. ^ Kenworthy, Graham (January 1997). "Diss Station". Great Eastern Journal 87: 29. 
  4. ^ Kenworthy, Graham (January 1997). "Diss Station". Great Eastern Journal 87: 29. 
  5. ^ The Foxearth and District Local History Society. "Book reviews". Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Kenworthy, Graham (January 1997). "Diss Station". Great Eastern Journal 87: 28. 

Coordinates: 52°22′26″N 1°07′26″E / 52.374°N 1.124°E / 52.374; 1.124