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Norfolk Rail (Paperback)

25 Years of the Wherry Lines

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland > England

By Chris Boon
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Over 180
ISBN: 9781802820270
Published: 2nd September 2022



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Norfolk has enjoyed loco-hauled passenger trains for many years, with Great Yarmouth being a popular destination for summer holiday services from London, the Midlands, and the North. While these ‘summer Saturday’ services gained a significant following from enthusiasts and lineside photographers alike, they have not been the only workings to bring unusual traction to the area. The fleet of diesel units based at Norwich Crown Point depot has often been stretched, with augmentation required to cover services on the Norfolk and Suffolk branches, and for special events. A wide range of locomotives have been used over the years on local services to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. These culminated in the hugely popular Greater Anglia ‘short set’, featuring daily workings from DRS Class 37s. They finally ended in September 2019, with the arrival of a large fleet of new Stadler units, and disability regulations requiring the withdrawal of the outdated Mk2 coaches. With 180 colour images, this title celebrates these workings from inception in summer 1994 to their finale 25 years later.

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Best of British Magazine - October 2023

This book will remind many enthusiasts of a colourful and distinctive period in the rail scene of this part of East Anglia, and one which is unlikely to be repeated. Highly recommended.

West Somerset Railway Association

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About Chris Boon

Chris Boon was brought up in Lowestoft and has had an interest in the local railway scene since the early 1990s, with childhood trips to see his grandparents often featuring a slight detour to watch and photograph loco-hauled services to Great Yarmouth. He has been an active member of the local railway community for over 25 years with regular contributions to various online forums, and has contributed photographs to books including Trainspots East Anglia by Marcus Dawson and The Regional Railways Story: Sectorisation to Privatisation —Three Decades of Revival by Gordon Pettitt and Nicholas Comfort, as well as periodicals such as Rail, Traction and the Mid Norfolk Railway magazine Blastpipe.

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