ⓘ Eastern and Midlands Railway. The Eastern and Midlands Railway was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of several small railways in Norfolk, England, including t ..

                                     

ⓘ Eastern and Midlands Railway

The Eastern and Midlands Railway was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of several small railways in Norfolk, England, including the Yarmouth and North Norfolk Railway, the Lynn and Fakenham Railway and the Yarmouth Union Railway. Many of these lines were built by contractors Wilkinson and Jarvis. In 1893 the Eastern and Midlands Railway became part of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway.

                                     

1. Constituents

The constituents of the Eastern and Midlands Railway were:

  • Peterborough, Wisbech and Sutton Bridge Railway, opened 1866
  • Lynn & Fakenham Railway
  • Yarmouth & North Norfolk Light Railway incorporating Great Yarmouth & Stalham Light Railway
  • Yarmouth Union Railway
  • Midland & Eastern Railway incorporating Lynn and Sutton Bridge Railway, Norwich & Spalding Railway and Spalding & Bourne Railway
Spelling variations

The spellings of some place names have changed since the 19th century e.g. Wisbeach/Wisbech and Bourn/Bourne.

                                     

2. Routes

Westbound from Kings Lynn
  • Sutton Bridge - Spalding - Bourne
  • Sutton Bridge - Wisbech North - Peterborough
Eastbound from Kings Lynn
  • Fakenham West - Melton Constable - Norwich City
  • Fakenham West - Melton Constable - Yarmouth Beach
                                     

3. Locomotives

In 1884, William Marriott became the locomotive superintendent at the companys Melton Constable Railway Works. The railways stock included:

  • Two Fox, Walker 0-6-0ST locomotives works numbers 338 and 339 which had been built for the Great Yarmouth and Stalham Light Railway in 1877.
  • Eleven built for the Eastern and Midlands Railway
  • Fifteen Beyer Peacock 4-4-0 locomotives built 1882-1888
  • Four built for the Lynn & Fakenham Railway
  • Seven 4-4-0T locomotives built by Hudswell Clarke for the Lynn and Fakenham Railway between 1878 and 1881.
  • Eight Sharp Stewart 0-6-0T locomotives ex-Cornwall Minerals Railway
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