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Norfolk Railway

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1844 Parliament authorised the Eastern Counties Railway to extend to Cambridge and to Brandon in Norfolk where an end-on connection would offer a through route to Norwich. This route opened on 29 July 1845.

1845 The Norfolk Railway Company was formed to amalgamate the Yarmouth and Norwich Railway which had opened in 1844, and the Norwich and Brandon Railway, which had not yet opened.

The Norfolk Railway also leased the Lowestoft Railway and Harbour Co, and built a branch line to Dereham and Fakenham, opening in 1846 and 1849 respectively.

Other short lengths opened soon afterwards:

  • March-Wisbech, May 1847
  • Cambridge-St. Ives, August 1847
  • St. Ives-March, March 1848.

1848 The Eastern Counties Railway took over operation of the line.

1862 Amalgamated with others to form the Great Eastern Railway.

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