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I was 12 years old when we moved to King's Lynn in 1972 and we stayed there right through my teens until I left home for University in 1978. I have long thought about spending a little time reviewing the railway history of the town. This first post covers King's Lynn Harbour Branch which left the mainline just before that line entered the town in South Lynn

 

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/09/16/kings-lynn-harbour-branch

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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

Minor point regarding the photo taken from Dodman's Bridge looking towards the Gaywood River Bridge.  The photo shows employees of Grant Rail (Railtrack's contractor) undertaking spot resleepering on the section of Dock Branch that was to become the Shunt Neck for a new loop on the Branch formation to allow removal of the loop in Kings Lynn Yard.  The photo would have been taken in November or early December 1999.

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The large-scale map coverage is a work in progress, so it pays to keep checking if an area of interest isn't presently covered.

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Minor point regarding the photo taken from Dodman's Bridge looking towards the Gaywood River Bridge.  The photo shows employees of Grant Rail (Railtrack's contractor) undertaking spot resleepering on the section of Dock Branch that was to become the Shunt Neck for a new loop on the Branch formation to allow removal of the loop in Kings Lynn Yard.  The photo would have been taken in November or early December 1999.

 

Hi and thank you SED Freightman. I have included you comment in my blog and referenced it to this forum.

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This is the third and final post about the Docks Railway in King's Lynn.

 


 

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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One of the directors of the Docks and Harbour Railways in King's Lynn was William Burkitt, a self-made local business man who had the means to order his own locomotive from Alfred Dodman & Company of Kings Lynn. The loco was named 'Gazelle'. This is the story of that locomotive. It pulls, Colonel Stephens, King's Lynn and the Shropshire and Montgomery Light Railway into one story!

 

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/07/21/gazelle

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