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Gorleston-on-Sea railway station is remembered with blue plaque

Brian Turner, Les Cockrill, Tony Mallion, Joyce Johnson and Vera Mallion at the unveiling of the railway station plaque.
Picture: Paul Godfrey

Brian Turner, Les Cockrill, Tony Mallion, Joyce Johnson and Vera Mallion at the unveiling of the railway station plaque. Picture: Paul Godfrey

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It was a train station that served the town of Gorleston for nearly 70 years as passengers and freight travelled between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

The sign which greeted travellers outside Gorleston station; it had two sides in V shape so it could be seen from whatever direction you approached the station by road
From the Yarmouth to Lowestoft Railway Line DVD The sign which greeted travellers outside Gorleston station; it had two sides in V shape so it could be seen from whatever direction you approached the station by road From the Yarmouth to Lowestoft Railway Line DVD

And now the history of the station, known as Gorleston-on-Sea Railway Station and which operated until 1970, has been remembered with a blue plaque.

The plaque was installed by Gorleston-on-Sea Heritage Group at Station House, the former station hotel, as it was the most appropriate place for the plaque.

The plaque was unveiled by Tony Mallion who spoke about his family’s links with the station.

His grandparents, Ernest and Kathryn Mallion, moved to Gorleston in 1933 when Mr Mallion was appointed as a signalman at Gorleston.

Tony Mallion talking to the assembled group of about 30 people   at the unveiling of the plque.
 l to r:  Tony Mallion, Joyce Johnson and Vera Mallion.
Picture: Paul Godfrey Tony Mallion talking to the assembled group of about 30 people at the unveiling of the plque. l to r: Tony Mallion, Joyce Johnson and Vera Mallion. Picture: Paul Godfrey

It was his family who built the bungalow in Victoria Road that stood just above the station.

At the unveiling Tony Mallion said the railway and the station did much to influence the growth of southern Gorleston.

It opened in 1903, despite strong objections from residents on the Cliff Park estate and Avondale Road Clarence Road and Park Road due to losing land and a lose of property value.

The station was part of the Yarmouth to Lowestoft line, that had eights stations operating at some points in its history, including Gorleston Links and Gorleston North.

The blue plaque at Station House, Gorleston.
Picture: Paul Godfrey The blue plaque at Station House, Gorleston. Picture: Paul Godfrey

In 1959 British Railways proposed closing passenger services at the station but it kept a limited service due to protests.

In July 1967 freight services at the station were halted and in May 1970 passenger services ceased to operate.

The site of the former station is approximately the major roundabout that forms the junction of the A47 dual carriageway relief road and Victoria Road.

The unveiling of the blue plaque saw thanks given to Neil Turner, owner of Station House, and the attendance of Joyce Johnson, 98 and who lives in the bungalow built by the Mallion family.

YARMOUTH BOUND...a steam-hauled passenger train at Gorleston Station 80 years ago.
Pictures: PETER JONES COLLECTION YARMOUTH BOUND...a steam-hauled passenger train at Gorleston Station 80 years ago. Pictures: PETER JONES COLLECTION

The mother of Tony Mallion, Vera, was also present to represent her husband Ron Mallion, 95.

Les Cockrill, chairman of Gorleston-on-Sea Heritage Group, also gave a five minute resume of the history of the station.

One feature of the station was its extensive goods yard and carriage sidings, which at times contained holiday camps express carriages.

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