Celebrating 175 years of the Great Yarmouth to Norwich railway: 1844-2019




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Brundall station

First opened in 1844, the railway connecting the city of Norwich and the coast at Great Yarmouth is now part of the Greater Anglia operated Wherry Lines, and to celebrate this special 175th anniversary, the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership invites you to join the celebrations.

Authorised by Parliament in 1842, proposers of the new line appointed Robert Stephenson as chairman and George Stephenson as engineer with construction undertaken by Messrs Grissel and Peto.

The original route ran via Brundall, Cantley and Reedham and work began 1843.

                        exhibition in Brundall Co-opA ceremonial opening took place on 30 April 1844 with the first passenger trains running the following day.

After construction, Samuel Morton Peto, who had purchased both the Somerleyton Estate and Lowestoft Harbour, obtained permission to create another railway east of Reedham to Lowestoft which opened in the summer of 1847.

A second route from Norwich to Yarmouth via Lingwood and Acle was opened in 1883 and it is these routes that form the modern-day Wherry Lines.

Brundall Gardens Halt, funded privately by Norfolk Cinema impresario F.H. Cooper, opened in 1924.

Pictured right is the exhibition at Brundall Post Office.

Brundall Local History Group is hosting a free talk on the railway after its AGM on Thursday July 25 - see the panel on the right for this and other events.

More photos on our railway page.

Interested in the history of our railways? The Museum of the Broads at Stalham Staithe is holding an exhibition this summer on Norfolk's lost railway - the line which ran through Potter Heigham to the coast taking thousands of holidaymakers to the seaside. The M&GN line ran from North Walsham to Great Yarmouth for over 70 years until February 1959, linking up with the main rail network.  Opening times and prices on the museum's own website.

175th anniversary events

The Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership has joined with community groups and station volunteers along the route to host this programme of events and activities:

175 years Young: An exhibition of the past, present and future of the Norwich to Great Yarmouth railway.

Organised by the East Norfolk Transport Users’ Association (www.entua.org.uk).

The show will tour towns and villages along the route:

Great Yarmouth Library: 29 April-12 May
Gorleston Library: 20 May-1 June

Brundall Co-op & Post Office: 3-15 June

Reedham Community Centre: 18-23 June
Reedham Station Heritage Room: 24-30 June

Some events have taken place and are not included here.

Talk: 175 Years Young, by Trevor Garrod, Chairman of the East Suffolk Travellers' Association,
Brundall Memorial Hall, Thursday 25th July 7.30pm.
Hosted by Brundall Local History Group following its AGM. Free event. All welcome.