Superb archive pictures shine spotlight on our railway history

The 1.35 p.m. from Wells drawing into Holkham Staton. This service the Wells - Heacham line was due

The 1.35 p.m. from Wells drawing into Holkham Staton. This service the Wells - Heacham line was due to be closed for passenger traffic the same week. Dated 28 May, 1952 . Picture: Archant Library

To many people, trains are far more than simply a convenient mode of transport. They are an integral part of our history.

A DMU excursion train organised by the Wymondham, Dereham and Fakenham Railway Action Committee come

A DMU excursion train organised by the Wymondham, Dereham and Fakenham Railway Action Committee comes under the Dereham bypass at Yaxham road during the early 1980's. Picture: MNR Archive - Credit: Archant Ltd.

These pictures from our archives will, doubtless, inspire fond recollections for many of our readers.

Amongst the images is a picture of Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station House in 1902, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary since re-opening,

A peaceful train journey through the Norfolk landscape can be a relaxing way to travel - and this is by no means a modern idea.

Pictured here is the DMU excursion train organised by the Wymondham, Dereham and Fakenham Railway Action Committee under the Dereham bypass at Yaxham road during the early 1980s.

Fakenham West staion closes, 24th February 1959. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham West staion closes, 24th February 1959. Picture: Archant Library


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Finally, problems with railway service closures are also not a recent development.

The 1.35pm from Wells is pictured pulling into Holkham Station, in May 1952, the same week that the Wells - Heacham line was due to be closed for passenger traffic.

Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station in the early 1980's. Picture: Archant Library

Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station in the early 1980's. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: IAN BURT

Dereham railway station, undated. Picture: Archant Library

Dereham railway station, undated. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

Dereham train driver

Dereham train driver - Credit: Archant

Alec Tuck was pictured apparently putting his back into operating the former Wells station turntable

Alec Tuck was pictured apparently putting his back into operating the former Wells station turntable. But things are not quite what they seem in this evocative photo. His brother later pointed out that the shot was clearly posed as the engine had already been turned ready to roll backwards to the engine shed. Alec, who has since died, was a member of a true railway family. His father Ted, was the last driver in charge of the Wells loco department, while brother John was a railway clerk and another brother Geoffrey also worked as a fireman, mid 1950s. Picture: Archant Library

Stanhoe railway station (on the Burnham Market - Heacham line) which was about to be converted into

Stanhoe railway station (on the Burnham Market - Heacham line) which was about to be converted into a cottage by Mr. Charles Hoarse, director of a firm of London merchant bankers, May 1964. Picture: Archant Library

Mr James McCarter pictured at Reepham Railway Station, 15th August, 1977
. Picture: Archant Library

Mr James McCarter pictured at Reepham Railway Station, 15th August, 1977 . Picture: Archant Library

Dereham Railway station, undated. Picture: Archant Library

Dereham Railway station, undated. Picture: Archant Library

People waiting on the platform at Dereham Railway Station - undated. Picture: Archant Library

People waiting on the platform at Dereham Railway Station - undated. Picture: Archant Library

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