Thurston railway station
|Local authority||Mid Suffolk|
|Managed by||Abellio Greater Anglia|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 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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It is served primarily by local services between Ipswich and Cambridge.
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.
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.
The following services currently call at Thurston:
|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||Following station|
|Abellio Greater Anglia|
Videoing trainspotter incident
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. The actions of the man, dubbed by the railway press as a "vidiot" drew widespread condemnation from fellow enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.
- Biddle, Gordon (2003). Britain's Historic Railway Buildings. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-866247-5.
- "Thurston, Suffolk". Great Eastern Journal (103): 28–34. July 2000.
- Official Handbook of Stations, British Transport Commission, 1956.
- Table 14 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- Johnston, Howard. "'Vidiot' cheats death". Steam Railway. Bauer Media (376, 28 May – 24 June 2010): 40.
- "Train spotter in narrow escape". BBC News Online. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "Railway buff filming in Suffolk fails to see express". BBC News Online. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- Various authors. "That near miss video..". Steam Railway. Bauer Media (376, 28 May – 24 June 2010): 70.