TG4702 : Gt. Yarmouth South Town to St. Olaves railway - Belton

taken 8 years ago, near to Belton, Norfolk, Great Britain

Gt. Yarmouth South Town to St. Olaves railway - Belton
Gt. Yarmouth South Town to St. Olaves railway - Belton
This is the site of the Belton & Burgh railway station in Station Road South. The sign for platform 3 > LinkExternal link is affixed to the entrance to the house depicted here. For a view of the old station see > LinkExternal link.

From here, the line ran the length of what is now the driveway to Wild Duck (Haven) > LinkExternal link - cutting through the centre of the holiday park. Where the metalled driveway turns around a bend just before passing the site office > LinkExternal link a tree-lined path leading past the Alder Carr > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link follows the old trackbed from there. A short distance further to the west the path crosses a road within the park and continues along a gravel path on the other side. Passing caravan holiday homes, the path leads to a gate in the security fence which surrounds the holiday park. The gate is unlocked during daytime hours. The path crosses Marsh Lane which skirts the perimeter fence of the park and a gate on the other side of the lane gives access to the adjoining pastureland called The Heathland. Still following the course of the railway, the path ends by the golf course at Caldecott Hall, further to the south-west. There is no public right of way from there onwards.
Gt Yarmouth to St Olaves railway
The line connected Gt Yarmouth (South Town) and St Olaves (Haddiscoe High Level), from where it curved into Fritton Woods. Running in north-easterly direction it entered the village of Belton. No trace of Belton & Burgh Castle station remains: the location and some of the surrounding countryside was designated for development and residential housing now covers much of this area. Running north-west from Belton to Bradwell the line passed All Saints church > LinkExternal link in the north west, crossing St Johns Road and Shortsteps via a bridge, passing Burgh Castle in the south-west. Entering Bradwell from the south-west the line ran alongside Doles Lane. Before reaching Yarmouth South Town station the railway was crossed by the old Lowestoft to Yarmouth line (closed 1970).

A railway station at Haddiscoe was first opened by the Norfolk Railway in 1847 at the Herringfleet Junction. In 1854 the Halesworth, Beccles and Haddiscoe Railway (later renamed the East Suffolk Railway Co.) was opened between those towns and extended via Darsham to Ipswich in 1859. The original Haddiscoe station was closed by the Great Eastern Railway in 1904 in favour of the current location at the junction of the Wherry Line > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link and the now closed Yarmouth-Beccles Line from London to Yarmouth. Both stations operated until withdrawal of services on the Yarmouth line in 1959 which resulted in the closure of the Haddiscoe high level station > LinkExternal link. Until closure the two stations were linked - the link being controlled by the Haddiscoe Junction signal box. The East Suffolk line crossed the then Great Eastern line via a (since dismantled) bridge > LinkExternal link just south of Haddiscoe high level station.
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Friday, 15 January, 2010
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Railway station (site of)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 478 026 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:33.9324N 1:39.3229E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 478 026
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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