NORWICH AND AREA IN THE 1980’S VOLUME 2

Norwich and the surrounding area in the 1980s’ volume 2 with a running time of approx 70 minutes. £12.99 including postage in U. K. Available to order online by clicking the “buy now” button below or via more traditional methods by clicking here.
 


This volume opens with a short visit to Norwich Station in 1984.
 
An early morning visit to Wymondham sees 47577 arrive & depart with the 06.29 Norwich – Liverpool St. via Cambridge. Then 31219 arrives with the 05.28 Whitemoor – Norwich to brighten up an otherwise murky winter morning. The train is split, & branch traffic along with loaded Ketton cement are placed in the down sidings. The rest of the train then continues on to Norwich with 31219 giving a stirring performance throughout the entire operation.
 
Wymondham was still an interesting location in the 1980’s. Crossovers at both ends of the station, a loop and the long down sidings meant that quite a number of movements could be made with ease. There is more action from here later, taken from a position which provides a view that you are unlikely to have seen before. While here, we also take a look inside the box.
 
Next there are great railway scenes at Attleborough on a summer Saturday. This was the good old days when we had trains from places such as Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield & Derby that would continue on to Gt. Yarmouth from Norwich.
This is followed by footage taken at Spooner Row. Here we have another super railway scene with 47576 bowling along with Mk.2 air-con stock providing quite a contrast with the S. O. trains seen earlier at Attleborough.
 
At Swainsthorpe we see the gates being swung and the signal lamps being changed, historic scenes that are now all gone.
 
Hethersett controlled the section between Trowse Lower Junction and Wymondham. Here we go inside the box for some nostalgic action and again watch the lampman at work.
 
Views of the Redland siding at Trowse highlight the slow speed control of the remarkable Class 47. No slow speed trick bits on the 47’s, such as was fitted on the M. G. R. 56’s.
 
Also included are Browick Road crossing – Wymondham, Poplar Road crossing – Attleborough, Heath Road crossing – Eccles Road & Newton Flotman crossing.
 
Footnote….. The signal boxes at Attleborough, Spooner Row & Wymondham all closed for good on 2nd December 2012. So like Swainsthorpe & Hethersett before them they have also become part of railway history. The crossover at Norwich end of Wymondham station has now been removed. This crossover was operated by a ground frame which you will see in use on a later volume. The loop at Wymondham has also been severed at the Norwich end is now just a dead end siding off up line.

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