Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth Railway line

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The Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft Railway

The Great Yarmouth–Lowestoft line (as it is officially known) linked the coastal towns of Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea and Lowestoft.
It opened on 13 July 1903 as the first direct railway link between the two towns and was constructed jointly, by the Great Eastern Railway and the Midland and Great Northern Railway at considerable cost. The scheme entailed the construction of three viaducts: Breydon Viaduct over Breydon Water, a smaller viaduct across the River Bure and the Vauxhall Viaduct across the GER's East Suffolk line.
However the novelty was short lived and competition from buses and trams took the lions share of passengers.
Commercial, mainly fish traffic was carried in large quantities until the 1930s when the industry fell into decline. In 1953, when major repairs to the Breydon Viaduct were needed, it was decided to discontinue through services from the Midland and Great Northern to Lowestoft and to divert London trains to Lowestoft via Norwich.
After the Midland and Great Northern and Yarmouth–Beccles line closed to passengers in 1959, the Great Yarmouth–Lowestoft line was upgraded to accommodate the diverted traffic, but after services were switched to Yarmouth Vauxhall in 1962, it became single track and the stations were un-staffed halts. With only a local service running between vandalised stations, the decision was taken to close the route on 4 May 1970 in favour of bus services which were judged adequate for most of the year.
During the intervening years the track has been built-over, along much of its length especially in the towns and villages. Railway have been turned into four lane roads creating a bypass for Gorleston and Great Yarmouth along which residential, retail and industrial estates have been constructed.
But for over most of its length it is accessible to a limited extent.

This journey begins at Lowestoft Railway station; marked by the yellow - grey dashed line in the link below.

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Lowestoft to Gorleston Station


TM5492 : Lowestoft Central Railway Station by Adrian S Pye
Lowestoft Railway Station from the outside.


TM5492 : Lowestoft Railway Station boarded up and looking derelict by Adrian S Pye
Lowestoft Railway Station from the outside.



TM5392 : Wasteland suitable for a third crossing point in the town by Adrian S Pye
A left turnout at Coke Ovens Junction cuts across this piece of wasteland.


TM5392 : A bridge so far - Gull-wing bridge at Lowestoft by Adrian S Pye
Now beneath the new bridge under construction


TM5393 : Lowestoft to Yarmouth Railway passed this way (right to left) by Adrian S Pye
The track crossed here long before this road existed -



TM5393 : Entrance to the North Quay Retail Park by Adrian S Pye
Across what is now the North Quay retail park entrance



TM5393 : Great Eastern Linear Park, Lowestoft #1 by Adrian S Pye
and on into what is now Barnard's Way


The track from here is now the GNER Linear Park as far as the A47 near the High School.
TM5393 : Great Eastern Linear Park #2  The coupling representation by Adrian S Pye
The starting post. A memorial to the former railway line.






TM5493 : The Great Eastern Linear Park #7 approaching Normanston by Adrian S Pye
- and into a clearing diverting around the scout headquarters


TM5493 : The Great Eastern Linear Park #8  Normanston by Adrian S Pye
Veering off the track momentarily until the bridge.



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TM5493 : The Great Eastern Linear Park #10  fenced off drop by Adrian S Pye
The path is diverted around a stream.





TM5494 : The Great Eastern Linear Park #14  still going up by Adrian S Pye
continuing uphill into what was a cutting.




TM5494 : Grassed area part of the original railway cutting by Adrian S Pye
A section of the old cutting still remains.


TM5494 : The site of the former railway bridge by Adrian S Pye
and under the old A12 now the A47 (bridge #2424).



LinkExternal link The bridge


TM5494 : Beeching Drive street sign by Adrian S Pye
Beeching Drive road name.


TM5494 : The station approach, Beeching Drive by Adrian S Pye
Beeching Drive approaching on the former the station footpath.


TM5494 : The former location of Lowestoft North Railway station by Adrian S Pye
the station location from the opposite platform.


TM5494 : Station location by Adrian S Pye
The former location of the Lowestoft North Railway station looking south.


TM5494 : Stephenson's Walk street sign. Lowestoft by Adrian S Pye
Stephenson's Walk - the location of the Lowestoft bound station platform.


TM5494 : Stephenson's Walk, off Beeching Drive by Adrian S Pye
Stephenson's Walk - the location of the former goods yard and siding.


TM5495 : Harrington Avenue, Gunton by Adrian S Pye
Harrington Avenue, Gunton. The line was the other side of the wall.



TM5495 : Former railway crossing and footbridge at Hubbards Loke by Adrian S Pye
View across the former Hubbard's Loke crossing.


TM5495 : Path along the former railway track by Adrian S Pye
Footpath to the Pleasurewood bridge following the track-bed.


TM5495 : Footpath on the old railway track by Adrian S Pye
Past the sports field to the east of the track.



TM5495 : The unmistakable shape of a WW2 pillbox by Adrian S Pye
A WW2 pillbox protecting the line.



TM5496 : The path widens slightly by Adrian S Pye
Original fence posts beside the track.




TM5496 : Oak tree beside the track by Adrian S Pye
Oak tree overhanging the track.


TM5496 : The track here widens a little  by Adrian S Pye
The embankment starts here and continues to beyond Hopton.


TM5496 : WW2 pillbox almost unrecognisable by Adrian S Pye
Another WW2 pillbox added protection in case of invasion.



TM5496 : The end  of the path is in sight by Adrian S Pye
Nearing the end of the path.





TM5496 : WW2 Tank traps by Adrian S Pye
Tank trap blocks were to block the underpass.


TM5496 : One of the tank traps on the top of the bridge by Adrian S Pye
More tank trap blocks are on the top of the bridge ready to block the line.



Moving north of Pleasurewood Hills amusement Park to Corton Long Lane

TM5496 : The Corton Long Lane bridge by Adrian S Pye
Corton Long Lane bridge.



TM5497 : The former Corton Railway Station by Adrian S Pye
The former Corton railway station.


TM5497 : The former track and platform of Corton station by Adrian S Pye
The former station platform, trackside.


TM5397 : Wheatacre Drive, Corton by Adrian S Pye
the bungalows on Wheatacre Drive were built on the track-bed.


TM5397 : Manor Park Road, Corton by Adrian S Pye
as were those on Manor Park Road, Corton.



TM5397 : Field to the left of the former railway track by Adrian S Pye
View north from Manor Park Road footpath.


TM5397 : Looking south along the former railway track by Adrian S Pye
South from the water treatment area.





TM5397 : Stirrups Lane bridge (north side) from the road by Adrian S Pye
The north parapet as seen from the road.










Hopton village

TG5200 : Site of the former railway bridge by Adrian S Pye
Here was the bridge over Station Road looking south.


TG5200 : The railway passed over where this house now stands by Adrian S Pye
Here was the bridge over Station Road looking north.


TG5200 : The former Station Master's house by Adrian S Pye
The Station Master's house.



TG5200 : Potters Drive built on the former railway line by Adrian S Pye
Potters Drive and back out into the countryside.




Continuing to Gorleston over farmland and the Golf course

TG5201 : Gorleston Golf Club practice range by Adrian S Pye
A glimpse of the line between the trees.





TG5202 : The site of the Gorleston Links Halt by Adrian S Pye
Gorleston Linnks Halt from the line.


TG5202 : The site of Links Halt, Gorleston by Adrian S Pye
Gorleston Links Halt would have been on a high embankment.


TG5202 : Former railway embankment by Adrian S Pye
The embankment continues.



TG5202 : Bridge Road bridge by Adrian S Pye
The bridge, south parapet roadwise.


TG5202 : Bridge Road bridge by Adrian S Pye
The north parapet.


TG5202 : Bridge Road bridge from the Yarmouth side by Adrian S Pye
The bridge from the Yarmouth side.





TG5203 : Looking back from south of the station by Adrian S Pye
Looking back from the sidings.


TG5203 : The site of Gorleston Railway Station by Adrian S Pye
The site of Gorleston Station.



LinkExternal link Gorleston Railway Station

[image id=7338714 text= looking at the station from the south on the same level
[image id=7338718 text= and from Victoria Road at the station roof level

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