Aldeburgh railway station

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Place Aldeburgh
Area Suffolk Coastal
Original company East Suffolk Railway
Pre-grouping Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Platforms 1
12 April 1860 Station opens as Aldborough
1 June 1875 Station renamed Aldeburgh
12 September 1966 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Aldeburgh railway station was a station in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. It was opened in 1860 by the East Suffolk Railway, and later came under the control of the Great Eastern Railway. The terminus of an 8.5 mile branch line to Saxmundham, the station closed in 1966 as part of the Beeching Axe as much of the British rural rail network was cut back.



The East Suffolk Railway had opened a branch line between Saxmundham and Leiston predominantly to serve Garretts engineering works on 1 June 1859. The town of Aldborough lobbied hard and permission to extend the branch was granted on 19 April 1859. The line was built by the Eastern Counties Railway who had taken over the operation of the East Suffolk Railway. The new station opened on 12 April 1860 and situated half a mile inland from the coast.[1]

By the 1860s the railways in East Anglia were in financial trouble, and most were leased to the ECR; they wished to amalgamate formally, but could not obtain government agreement for this until 1862, when the Great Eastern Railway was formed by amalgamation.[2]

The station was renamed as Aldeburgh on 1 June 1875. The initial platform was quite short and was extended in 1884 to 420 feet. There was large goods shed and small engine shed on site and the station had an overall roof.

The Grouping of 1923 saw the station pass to the London and North Eastern Railway. Between 1924 and 1939 and between 1946 and closure the station was noted for its well kept gardens tended by porter Billy Botterill who won numerous prizes in railway gardening competitions.[3]

In 1929 the LNER introduced luxurious Pullman day excursion trips from Liverpool Street to various seaside resorts. The service known as the Eastern Belle served Felixstowe on Mondays, Frinton and Walton on Tuesday, Clacton on Wednesday and Thorpeness and Aldeburgh on Thursday and Friday.[4] The service ended in September 1939 when the war broke out.

The station then became part of the Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. Eight years later in June 1956 operation of the passenger services were taken over by Diesel Multiple Unit trains with conductor guard operation. Goods services were withdrawn on 30 November 1959.

The overall roof was demolished in August 1965 and train services were withdrawn by the British Railways Board on 10 September 1966 with the line formally closing two days later.[5]

There is a video of the line taken in 1957 called "1957 Saxmundham to Aldeburgh Railway line", which shows Thorpeness Halt and Aldeburgh stations and views of the track on YouTube.

The station site was cleared in 1975.  

The site today

Today a roundabout sits on its former site.[6] The branch track is still used as far as Leiston, for the removal of nuclear material from the Sizewell nuclear power stations.


Former Services
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Thorpeness   Great Eastern Railway
Aldeburgh Branch



  1. ^ Morling, Harry; Paye, Peter; Robertson, Alic (April 1996). "Aldeburgh". Great Eastern Journal: 86:12.
  2. ^ Vaughan, Adrian (1997). Railwaymen, Politics and Money. London: John Murray. pp. 134, 135. ISBN 0 7195 5150 1.
  3. ^ Morling, Harry; Paye, Peter; Robertson, Alic (April 1996). "Aldeburgh". Great Eastern Journal: 86:13.
  4. ^ Watling, John (January 1992). "Pullman cars and the Great Eastern part 5". Great Eastern Journal (69): 6.
  5. ^ Morling, Harry; Paye, Peter; Robertson, Alic (April 1996). "Aldeburgh". Great Eastern Journal: 86:13.
  6. ^ Subterranea Britannica: SB-Sites: Aldeburgh Station


External links

  • Aldeburgh station on 1946 O. S. map

Coordinates: 52°09′27″N 1°35′37″E / 52.1575°N 1.5937°E / 52.1575; 1.5937

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