Calendar remembers Stalham’s bustling railway station

Emigrants for Canada pictured at Stalham Station. Picture: SUBMITTED

Emigrants for Canada pictured at Stalham Station. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Glory days when Stalham had a bustling railway station are captured in a new calendar which is raising money for a local good cause.

Stalham railway station. Picture: SUBMITTED

Stalham railway station. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Stalham resident and keen local historian Ray Woolston has brought together 12 photos of the town's much-missed old station in a new calendar.

Stalham's Nostalgic Railway Station Calendar 2017 is already proving a hit with visiting holidaymakers.

Mr Woolston, of St Mary's Road, had previously produced three booklets of old Stalham photographs - Stalham Then and Now, Stalham Glimpses of the Past, and, in March this year, Stalham's Forgotten Railway.

'When I brought the first book out, people were asking me about the railway so I brought out the second one, and that was phenomenally successful. I sold about 400 in four months. It gave me the idea for the calendar,' he said.

(3of8) Supplied pic of Stalham Station 1900. It now to be pulled down and moved to Holt.Ed Foss stor

(3of8) Supplied pic of Stalham Station 1900. It now to be pulled down and moved to Holt.Ed Foss story. edp 17/12/2001 - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers


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'I think there's just a tremendous amount of interest in railways.'

Stalham station, called Stalham for Happisburgh and Palling-on-Sea, opened on July 3 1880 and closed on February 28 1959.

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Between Melton Constable and Great Yarmouth, the station was part of the Midland and Great Northern Railway which brought passengers to Stalham from as far afield as the Midlands to enjoy holidays in the area, including Caister Camp, where there was a halt.

At its zenith, between 1934 and 1958, up to 100 trains per day went through Stalham in the holiday season.

On the last Saturday of summer 1958, a few months before it closed, the line provided 4,500 seats to Great Yarmouth.

Because there was only a single line, a half-mile loop was built at Honing - now a quiet, small village - to allow one train to wait while another passed.

The station lay derelict for many years after closure. But the station buildings were eventually dismantled and rebuilt at Holt station, on the heritage North Norfolk Railway.

? Calendars cost £4.95 each and £1 from each sale will go to the Stalham Poppy Centre fund.

They are available from the Poppy Centre shop and Forrests Newsagent, both on High Street, Stalham; Weybourne Station on the North Norfolk Railway, or direct from Mr Woolston, email raywoolston@hotmail.com

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