Wrabness railway station

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Wrabness National Rail
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Location
Place Wrabness
Local authority Tendring
Coordinates 51°56′20″N 1°10′19″E / 51.939°N 1.172°E / 51.939; 1.172Coordinates: 51°56′20″N 1°10′19″E / 51.939°N 1.172°E / 51.939; 1.172
Grid reference TM180315
Operations
Station code WRB
Managed by Abellio Greater Anglia
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 20,116
2012/13 Increase 24,484
2013/14 Decrease 23,042
2014/15 Decrease 20,758
2015/16 Increase 24,338
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Wrabness from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Wrabness railway station is on the Mayflower Line, a branch of the Great Eastern Main Line, in the East of England, serving the village of Wrabness, Essex. It is 65 miles 6 chains (104.7 km) from London Liverpool Street and is situated between Mistley to the west and Harwich International to the east. Its three-letter station code is WRB.

The station is currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, which also runs all trains serving the station.

History[edit]

There were formerly sidings at the west (London) end of both the "up" and "down" lines. Those on the up side were used for local goods work, coal being one of the commodities handled. The sidings on the down side were extended during World War II to the riverside to accommodate a large rail-mounted gun which was intended to protect the estuary.[1]

The signal box controlling the section of line stood at the west end of the down platform but was no longer used after the electrification of the line in 1985. The box was purchased by local enthusiasts and donated to the Colne Valley Railway at Castle Hedingham[2] where it was re-commissioned and is operational today controlling a running round loop.

Services[edit]

As of December 2015 the typical weekday off-peak service on the line is one train per hour in each direction, although some additional services run at peak times. Trains operate between Harwich Town and Manningtree calling at all stations, although some are extended to or from Colchester or London Liverpool Street.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Vic (June 2011). Branch Lines to Harwich and Hadleigh. Midhurst: Middleton Press.[page needed]. ISBN 978-1-908174-02-4. 
  2. ^ Mitchell 2011,[page needed]
  3. ^ Table 11 National Rail timetable, May 2016
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