Thetford Bridge railway station

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Thetford Bridge
Location
Place Thetford
Area Breckland
Coordinates 52°24′41″N 0°45′48″E / 52.4113°N 0.7634°E / 52.4113; 0.7634Coordinates: 52°24′41″N 0°45′48″E / 52.4113°N 0.7634°E / 52.4113; 0.7634
Grid reference TL880828
Operations
Original company Thetford and Watton Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms 2
History
15 November 1875 (1875-11-15) Station opened
8 June 1953 (1953-06-08) Station closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Thetford Bridge railway station served the eastern part of Thetford, Norfolk, England between 1875 and 1953.

History[edit]

The railway line between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford was proposed by the Bury St Edmunds and Thetford Railway (B&TR) and authorised on 5 July 1865; but the company had problems in raising the necessary money.[1] After assistance was given by the Thetford and Watton Railway (T&WR), the plan was modified, and instead of running to the main station at Thetford, a curve was built so that T&WR trains from Swaffham could run directly to the Bury St Edmunds line without reversing at Thetford.[2] This curve was opened first, on 15 November 1875, along with Thetford Bridge station.[3] The B&TR line between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford Bridge was opened on 1 March 1876.[4] The B&TR was purchased by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) in 1878.[1]

Trains on the B&TR were operated by the T&WR until 1879, when operation was taken over by the GER;[5] after this, trains from Bury began to run to Thetford; the east to south curve at Thetford Bridge was not used after 1880.[6] Thetford Bridge was then the last station before Thetford.[7]

In September 1911 the station was used as a railhead by the British Army who were running a series of war games. [8]

In January 1923 the station was taken over by the London & North Eastern Railway.

Following nationalization in 1948 Thetford Bridge was operated by British Railways (Eastern Region).

The station closed on 8 June 1953.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. London: Guild Publishing. p. 120. CN 8983. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Colin; McCarthy, David; Cobb, Michael (August 2007). Waller, Peter, ed. Railways of Britain: Norfolk and Suffolk. Hersham: Ian Allan. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-7110-3223-1. 0708/c1. 
  3. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 228. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  4. ^ Allen, Cecil J. (1956) [1955]. The Great Eastern Railway (2nd ed.). Hampton Court: Ian Allan. p. 217. 
  5. ^ Awdry 1990, p. 166
  6. ^ McCarthy, McCarthy & Cobb 2007, map 26
  7. ^ Conolly, W. Philip (January 1976). British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer (5th ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 12, section B5. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3. EX/0176. 
  8. ^ Ashton, Geoff; C Moss; D Challis (July 2013). "A revealing portrait of Thetford Bridge Station in 1911". Great Eastern Railway Journal. 155: 23. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Thetford
Line closed, station open
  Great Eastern Railway
Thetford to Bury St Edmunds line
  Barnham
Line and station closed