Downham and Stoke Ferry Railway
|Locale||King's Lynn and West Norfolk|
|Dates of operation||1882–1898|
|Successor||Great Eastern Railway|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Length||7 miles (11 km)|
Downham & Stoke
The Downham and Stoke Ferry Railway (D&SF) was just over 7 miles (11 km) long. It was authorised on 24 July 1879, and opened on 1 August 1882, being worked by the Great Eastern Railway (GER). It ran from a junction with the GER at Denver (to the south of Downham), to a terminus at Stoke Ferry. There were two intermediate stations: Ryston and Abbey (latterly known as Abbey and West Dereham).
On 6 August 1897 an Act of Parliament authorised the GER to absorb the D&SF, which they did on 1 January 1898. Being part of the GER, the line passed to the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at the Grouping on 1 January 1923.
When the railways were nationalised in 1948 operation of the line became the responsibility of British Railways Eastern Region
The LNER withdrew the passenger service on 22 September 1930.
Freight services were withdrawn from Denver (13 July 1964) Ryston (28 December 1964) Abbey (31 January 1966) and Stoke Ferry (19 July 1965).
The section between Abbey and Stoke Ferry was abandoned on 19 June 1965 but traffic continued to the Wissington Railway until 1982
Wissington Light Railway
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- Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176.
- Paye, Peter (1982). The Stoke Ferry Branch. Headington: Oxford Publishing Co. ISBN 0 86093 141 2.
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