Wherry Lines

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Wherry Lines
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Norfolk
East of England
Termini Norwich
Great Yarmouth
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Abellio Greater Anglia
Character Rural Branch line
Rolling stock Class 47
Class 37
Class 153 "Super Sprinter"
Class 156 "Super Sprinter"
Class 170 "Turbostar"
Track length Norwich - Gt. Yarmouth (via Acle): 18.36 mi (29.55 km)
Norwich - Gt. Yarmouth (via Reedham): 20.56 mi (33.09 km)
Norwich - Lowestoft: 23.51 mi (37.84 km)
No. of tracks 1-2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

Wherry Lines
0m 00ch Norwich
0m 29ch Great Eastern Main Line
River Yare
(Original course)
1m 69ch Bittern Line
UK road A47.PNG
4m 66ch Brundall Gardens
5m 60ch Brundall
5m 73ch Brundall Junction
7m 62ch Buckenham
7m 78ch Lingwood
10m 00ch Cantley
10m 34ch Acle
12m 13ch Reedham
12m 34ch Reedham Junction
15m 71ch Berney Arms
Breydon Junction
UK road A12.PNG
18m 29ch
20m 45ch
Great Yarmouth
River Yare
UK road A143.PNG
16m 11ch Haddiscoe
Haddiscoe Junction
Yarmouth-Beccles Line
River Waveney
18m 00ch Somerleyton
22m 01ch UK road A1117.PNG
22m 04ch Oulton Broad North
22m 14ch East Suffolk Line
Yarmouth-Lowestoft Line
23m 41ch Lowestoft

The Wherry Lines are railway lines in England, from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. These lines pass through The Broads. The line is part of the Network Rail Strategic Route 7, SRS 07.11 and is classified as a rural line.[1] The name of the line is taken from the Norfolk wherries, which played an important role in the transport of goods and people around the broads before road and rail transport became widespread.


The line was first opened from Norwich to Great Yarmouth by the Norwich and Yarmouth Railway in 1844, running via Reedham. The link from Reedham to Lowestoft was added in 1847 by Samuel Morton Peto as part of the Norfolk Railway. Finally, the northern route from Norwich to Great Yarmouth was added in 1882 by the Great Eastern Railway.

Community rail[edit]

On 1 February 2007, the services operating on the line were designated community rail services[2] as part of The Community Rail Development Strategy which aims to increase passenger numbers and income, improve the management of costs, and develop a greater sense of community involvement.[3]


The lines from Norwich to Brundall and on to Lowestoft are double track with the lines between Brundall and Great Yarmouth and Reedham and Great Yarmouth being single track. The line is not electrified, has a loading gauge of W8 except between Lowestoft and Oulton Broad North junction where it is W6, and has a line speed of between 40-60 mph.

Rolling stock[edit]

Passenger services are provided by Abellio Greater Anglia, using Class 153 "Super Sprinter", Class 156 "Super Sprinter" or Class 170 "Turbostar" diesel multiple units in 2015 as a stop gap measure Abellio Greater Anglia introduced DRS class 37 locomotive hauled services due to a shortage of rolling stock. As the routes are not electrified. Nearly all services on the line run to/from Norwich. But some summer Saturday services are extended to/from Liverpool Street via Norwich which run to/from Great Yarmouth, these are formed of British Rail Class 90 electric locomotives with Mk3 Coaching Stock, which are dragged from Norwich by a British Rail Class 47 diesel locomotive.


  1. ^ "Route 7 - Great Eastern" (PDF). Network Rail. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Community rail - new life for local lines". Department for Transport. 
  3. ^ "Community Rail Development Strategy". Department for Transport. 

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