The Anonymous Widower

New Greater Anglia Trains To Be Stored At Heritage Line

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in Rail Magazine.

  • Greater Anglia are paying the Mid-Norfolk Railway, three million pounds to store the new trains.
  • The heritage railway will create new sidings and some double track.
  • It looks a good deal and both parties are quoted as being pleased with the deal.

I wonder, if this could be the start of something a lot bigger.

Norfolk County Council and other interests would like to create the Norfolk Orbital Railway to run National Rail services in a circular route starting and finishing at Norwich station and going via Cromer, Sheringham, Dereham and Wymondham stations.

It strikes me that the works proposed by the Mid-Norfolk Railway will improve the route to Dereham.

Dereham and Wymondham are towns with populations of just under nineteen thousand and fourteen thousand respectively and large numbers of residents of the area, commute to Norwich.

  • It could be that a direct service to Norwich might work!
  • Greater Anglia certainly have enough trains for a service of a few trains per day.
  • The infrastructure will be there by Spring 2019.

Given the closeness to Crown Point Depot, could Greater Anglia use the line for testing trains and training drivers?

There is also the problem of Trowse swing bridge, which is one of the biggest bottlenecks on the UK rail network.

Rebuilding is talked about, but it would probably mean services from the South into Norwich station would have to be stopped.

  • Trowse station lies just to the South of the bridge.
  • It was last used in 1986 as a te,temporary terminus during electrification.
  • According to Wikipedia, it could be reactivated.

Would sidings on the Mid-Norfolk Railway be useful for stabling trains, if the bridge was closed for rebuilding?

 

July 3, 2018 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

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