Thurston railway station

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Thurston National Rail
Thurston Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Thurston
Local authority Mid Suffolk
Coordinates 52°15′00″N 0°48′31″E / 52.25°N 0.8086°E / 52.25; 0.8086Coordinates: 52°15′00″N 0°48′31″E / 52.25°N 0.8086°E / 52.25; 0.8086
Grid reference TL918650
Operations
Station code TRS
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 53,930
2012/13 Increase 64,082
2013/14 Increase 70,500
2014/15 Decrease 69,856
2015/16 Increase 71,930
History
Key dates Opened 1846 (1846)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Thurston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Thurston railway station serves the village of Thurston in Suffolk, England. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia.

It is served primarily by local services between Ipswich and Cambridge.

History[edit]

Thurston station was opened by the Ipswich and Bury Railway in 1846. The main building was designed by Frederick Barnes in the Jacobean style using decorative brickwork. The building required three stories to reach the platforms from ground level owing to the station's location on an embankment. The building is Grade II listed and is no longer in railway use. Adjacent to the station building is an original bridge over the road.[1][2]

According to the Official Handbook of Stations the following classes of traffic were being handled at this station in 1956: G, P, F, L, H, C and there was a 1-ton 10 cwt crane. H Clarke & Son had a private siding.[3]

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Thurston:[4]

Operator Route Material Frequency
Abellio Greater Anglia Cambridge - Dullingham - Newmarket - Kennett - Bury St Edmunds - Thurston - Elmswell - Stowmarket - Needham Market - Ipswich Class 170 1x per hour
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Abellio Greater Anglia

Videoing trainspotter incident[edit]

On 8 May 2010, a trainspotter was on an opposite platform to video a train hauled by steam locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell. In doing so, he narrowly avoided being struck by a service train operated by a Class 170 multiple unit travelling non-stop in the other direction.[5][6][7] The actions of the man, dubbed by the railway press as a "vidiot" drew widespread condemnation from fellow enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biddle, Gordon (2003). Britain's Historic Railway Buildings. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-866247-5. 
  2. ^ "Thurston, Suffolk". Great Eastern Journal (103): 28–34. July 2000. 
  3. ^ Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission, 1956.
  4. ^ Table 14 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  5. ^ Johnston, Howard. "'Vidiot' cheats death". Steam Railway. Bauer Media (376, 28 May – 24 June 2010): 40. 
  6. ^ "Train spotter in narrow escape". BBC News Online. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Railway buff filming in Suffolk fails to see express". BBC News Online. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Various authors. "That near miss video..". Steam Railway. Bauer Media (376, 28 May – 24 June 2010): 70. 

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