NORWICH AND AREA IN THE 1980’S VOLUME 3

Norwich and the surrounding area in the 1980s’ volume 3 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 begins with a feature on Thetford compiled from more than one session there is a good variety of trains including Sunday diversions & a wide variety of weather conditions including thick fog. Here are some great railway scenes, such as the up starter signal with its high & low arms installed for sighting reasons & concluding with a look inside the box. You could be forgiven for thinking that some of the scenes here were shot in the 50’s or 60’s.
 
At Palgrave, engineers have taken possession of the up line, so there is single line working on the down. During a period of single line working the normally automatic barriers would have to be under manual control. Trains would be cautioned at either end of the single line section, & the driver looking out for a green flag when approaching the crossing. Trains would also be operating under the guidance of a pilotman. 
 
After a look inside Harling Road box we visit Lowestoft where wagons  are being loaded in the yard.
 More single line working at Ardley End, where possession of the up line is taken after the passage of 47596 in charge of the 09.35 Norwich – Liverpool St. Savour the moody & atmospheric sight of our stalwart motive power at dusk with their mournful whistle crys adding to the drama & nostalgia.
At Attleborough a car had smashed through the crossing gates. Here is some rare footage of the aftermath & the construction of new gates on  site. While the gates are being built the trains are still running & road traffic has to be controlled in thick fog.
 
Spinks Lane was a crossing where the indicators had to be watched very carefully. The bells could be unreliable in high winds, there was no lock on the gates & Wymondham could have two trains in the down line section at the same time.
    
Armed with our passports we now head for Brandon. Some enthralling scenes in the lovely old box are followed by some trains in the fog.
 
Staying in Suffolk, Lowestoft is next to watch the departure of the penultimate hauled 07.17 to Liverpool St. Then I am sure you will excuse me for going off our area to Beccles. Here we watch the final hauled 07.17 Lowestoft – Liverpool St. These two sequences provide a Class 37 steam heat fest with the driver of 37049 providing an appropriate lament leaving Beccles.


 

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