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East Anglian Railway

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1850 The company's property was taken over by the receiver the line was leased to the Great Northern Railway. The GNR had running powers over the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) line between Peterborough, March and Wisbech (which opened 1847). Unfortunately, they had not applied for running rights over the line that linked the ECR and EAR stations at Wisbech and the ECR refused access so that the passengers had to change stations by horse-bus.

Shareholder opposition within the GNR and EAR led to the GNR withdrawing from the arrangement.

1852 The Eastern Counties Railway took over operation of the EAR.

1862 Amalgamated with others to form the Great Eastern Railway.

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