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Discussion in 'Bullhead Memories' started by Robkitchuk, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Robkitchuk

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    Very well researched. Good read.
     
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    The harbour branch left the mainline South of King's Lynn. The docks branch left the mainline close to King's Lynn Station. The post below includes a very short history of the harbour and docks and then covers the length of the branch from the station to John Kennedy Road.

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/09/24/kings-lynn-docks-branch-part-1
     
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    Very enjoyable and informative articles. As another former and occasional present resident in the Lynn area, the attached pictures of the plan and sections of the Lynn & Ely Railway may be of interest and add some more detail.

    I look forward to seeing the next piece on lines in Lynn docks. 20180917_092118.jpg 20180917_092127.jpg 20180917_092145.jpg
     
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    Thank you, Cullen

    Very interesting plans!
    They seem to date from the time before the harbour branch was extended north to the South Quay.
    Best wishes
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    You are most welcome. The document appears to date from when the Lynn & Ely was being promoted, so perhaps the second bridge over the Nar to reach the South Quay was not envisaged at that time. The plan may however suggest a reason why Railway Road got that name - even though the line never got across Blackfriars Road, where the current station is....
     
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    I have been very remiss not to express my thanks to @Roger Farnworth for such timely - as far as I was concerned! - an article!

    Last Sunday evening, I was leading a short tour around the historic areas of the Kings Lynn waterfront and Roger's article proved invaluable as the party were on a Railway holiday. Thanks to Roger, I was able to point out where the railway used to run up to the custom house, and that the tracks used to run right up to the door of the Marriot Warehouse, now a very nice drinking and eating establishment with a small but excellent museum inside of Kings Lynn history, including a good number of excellent models of the older Kings Lynn buildings.

    Many thanks Roger.

    Steven
     
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    Many thanks also for this - I spotted the inland level crossing gate during our return trip from North Norfolk on the Monday and wondered when the line was last used - the gate survives well considering it hasn't been used for over 20 years!

    On the road in from the Melton Constable direction, there was at least one old coach body (probably 4 or 6 wheel) right next to the road just on the outskirts of Kings Lynn. Has anyone any idea of its history? It is painted green and has a roof over it which suggests there may be more than 1 coach there but we were past too quick to see more in the road coach.

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    Thank you for your comments Steven (Bean-counter)
     
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    This is the third and final post about the Docks Railway in King's Lynn.

    https://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/10/07/kings-lynn-docks-branch-part-3

    The post covers the area around Bentinck Dock and has some detail about the Savage's Works on the East side of the dock. Savage's were internationally renowned for their steam-powered fairground attractions.
     
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