Ryburgh railway station

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Ryburgh
Ryburgh station 2009.jpg
Location
Place Great Ryburgh
Area North Norfolk, Norfolk
Grid reference TF957273
Operations
Pre-grouping Eastern Counties Railway
Great Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London & North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways
Platforms 1
History
1857 Opened
5 October 1964 Closed to passengers
1 August 1981 Closed to freight
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Ryburgh railway station was a railway station in the village of Great Ryburgh in the English county of Norfolk.

History

The station opened in 1857, when the line between Dereham and Wells opened as part of the Norfolk Railway. The entire line, between Wymondham and Wells became part of the Great Eastern Railway in 1862.[1]

The passenger service between Dereham and Wells ended on 5 October 1964,[2] although the line remained open for goods trains as far as Fakenham. The closure of the station was discussed in the House of Lords on 22 June 1964, with Lord Wise asking Lord Chesham what the government intended to do to address the tonnage of grain that the closure would put onto local roads.[3] 1978 saw the formation of the Fakenham and Dereham Railway Society, a forerunner of the Mid-Norfolk Railway, which hoped to preserve the line between these two towns.

A charter train ran as far as Fakenham in 1979, but the section of line between Ryburgh and Fakenham was closed from 1 January 1980. The last freight train left Ryburgh in August 1981, but the section remained intact for a while longer. A weedkiller train visited Ryburgh in May 1982 and the Neptune Track Recorder unit reached Ryburgh level crossing in August 1982, after which the section was officially closed and lifted.[4]

Future use

This station would be restored as part of the Norfolk Orbital Railway, which proposes seeing public service trains running from Sheringham to Wymondham via Fakenham.

Services

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Fakenham East
Line and station closed
  British Rail
Eastern Region

Wymondham to Wells via East Dereham
  County School
Line and station closed
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Fakenham
Station closed
  Norfolk Orbital Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
  County School
Line and station closed

See also

References

  1. ^ MNR history of the line Archived 27 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Mid-Norfolk Railway web site
  2. ^ Tuddenham, 1965, page 87
  3. ^ PROPOSED CLOSURE OF GREAT RYBURGH STATION
  4. ^ MNR: The line's rebirth Archived 24 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Mid-Norfolk Railway web site

Bibliography

  • Tuddenham, E. (March 1965). "Railway World". Ian Allan. 

External links

  • Photo of final train at Rybugh station.
  • View southwards over the Ryburgh station site.

Coordinates: 52°48′30″N 0°54′12″E / 52.8082°N 0.9032°E / 52.8082; 0.9032

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