Ely to Kings Lynn
A class 31 leaves Kings Lynn with a full train of sand in a mixture of wagons at the levell crossing crossing at Tennison Ave in Kings Lynn near the station.
This train will have reversed in the sidings at Kings Lynn. It will go to March and along the now closed March to Spalding line and then to Sleaford using the avoiding line which was then still then open and on to Doncaster. Note the class 08 still needed for shunting and trains to the docks. The railway still was used for this trafic. Class 37s and mark ones were used on the London trains.
Class 03 175 at Kings Lynn
Class 37113 at Kings Lynn.
The town of Kings Lynn is to north of Cambridge and is at the mouth of the River Ouse as it enters the Wash. Kings Lynn is a port which had a lot of rail traffic to and from the docks.
Kings Lynn railway station is on the Great Eastern main line from Cambridge This line is now called the Fen Line. Overhead wires electrified at 25 kV AC were put in when the line from Cambridge to Ely was electrified.
There are three stations along the line between Kings Lynn and Ely still open they are:-
Watlington station. This station was called Magdalen Road befor it closed. The station was reopened in 1975 as Magdalen Road. Then in 1989 it was renamed back to its original title of Watlington which it was called when it opened.
Downham Market. This is the biggest small town on the line
Littleport. This is a large village
There was a railway line to Hunstanton from Kings Lynn which also used the Great Eastern station, it trains had to reverse in the station with a 2nd steam engine often waiting to speed things up .
There was also a line to Derham opened by the Lynn and Dereham Railway which is now closed apart from the first few miles to Middleton Towers that is freight only and sees trains of sand on most days of the working week.
The M and GNJR had its own station on the outskirts of Kings Lynn called South Lynn which closed in 1959 when the M&GN did. There were passenger trains that ran between between the two Kings Lynn stations.