Waiting room to tell history of Reedham station

Reedham railway station refurbishment by the station adopters to create a museum using the original

Reedham railway station refurbishment by the station adopters to create a museum using the original waiting room.Station adopters Colin Brown, Mike Stoker, Mike Warner and Cate Ford in the refurbished room.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

It was among the opening railway stations to be built in Norfolk, as the county's first line was constructed.

It was among the opening railway stations to be built in Norfolk, as the county's first line was constructed.

Now, part of Reedham station is to be converted into a museum, to celebrate its past.

The station, which has been operating since 1844, is in the middle of a refurbishment which will see its old waiting rooms turned into a visitor attraction.

Designed and created by station adopter Mike Warner, the museum will hold memorabilia from the rail industry, as well as artefacts signalling the station's past.

'It is a work in progress, but so far we have got one room completed in terms of design and which we need to just finish putting things up, and then we will start work in the second room,' he said.

'Due to the historical nature of it being part of the first railway line in Norfolk, we thought it would be great if we could create this museum for people's interests.

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'So far we have got two thirds of the funding towards the project – it cost between £400 and £500 to do the first room and it will be quite similar to do the second.'

The refurbishment at the station began in July and it is hoped that it will finish by the summer. The museum will include old station signs, pictures and various other pieces

Mr Warner has said that there is an open invitation for if anyone wishes to donate any items to the museum that they may hold.

He said: 'We would really like to add to this mini heritage centre, so if anyone has any photographs or other memorabilia they would be happy to donate then we would be extremely grateful.

'Abellio Greater Anglia have given us the time and space to refurbish the station, we have had financial help from Wherry Lines and also help with building and the materials from local builders and various other people who we would all wish to thank.'