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Lynn and Hunstanton Railway and the West Norfolk Branch


Designed as a holiday line, when opened, it terminated at a building site on the cliff tops near the tiny village of Hunstanton - but within a few years the promoters of the railway had created a thriving holiday town, and with increasing numbers of visitors arriving by train every year, the Hunstanton line soon became one of the most profitable branch lines in the country. The line's owners then built an extension to Wells-next-the-Sea in the hope that further development would occur elsewhere on the Norfolk coast. This unfortunately did not take place, and the West Norfolk branch was never entirely successful. The main line, however, had gone from strength to strength, carrying Royalty to and from Sandringham, and considerable numbers of commuters in addition to its seasonal holiday traffic. Still a busy line - at least in the summer - the Hunstanton branch was not closed by the Beeching Plan but it was nevertheless closed to all traffic just six years later. A5 192 pages with 148 black & white photos



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