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Photo gallery: Weybourne station’s historic loos help it to award recognition

17:00 07 January 2013

Jan Taylor, volunteer at North Norfolk Railway, shows off the period toilets which helped Weybourne station gain recognition. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Jan Taylor, volunteer at North Norfolk Railway, shows off the period toilets which helped Weybourne station gain recognition. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

A station on the North Norfolk Railway is flushed with success after its historic authenticity - right down to the public toilets - was recognised in a national awards scheme.

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Weybourne Station was highly-commended for interpretation in the National Railway Association’s annual awards.

The realistic reconstruction of its Edwardian splendour, down the flower and vegetable gardens and toilet chinaware and pipework, were among the things that impressed the judges.

Railway spokesman Colin Borg said: “They were looking at how typical stations were for the atmosphere of the era.

The toilets were restored to their former glory by the volunteer Friends of Weybourne Station led by Linda Johnson.

The ladies’ and gents’ loos featured gleaming brass and copper pipework and the stylish vitreous china sanitaryware of the famous Thomas Crapper, who offended Victorian susceptibilities by openly displaying WCs in the window of his Chelsea shop, he added.

The “Venerable” pedestal wash-down closet in the gents was a modern replica, but the corner china washbasin with its elegant wooden cabinet dated back to 1901 and the opening of the station.

The loos were “small but perfectly-formed museums”, with displays tracing the history of the railway and the first half of the 20th century.

The overall interpretation award was won by the Mid Suffolk Railway which is currently running the Wissington steam loco restored in the Weybourne workshops.

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