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Right: Passengers waiting to board at Norwich.
Passengers at Norwich
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Norwich plan NORWICH is a grand, traditional station from outside - and looks a lot fresher than some of its soot-darkened contemporaries in industrial cities. Better still, the main concourse has had a modern facelift that has created an extremely pleasant environment, with open seating areas, a cafe, food stalls, books and newspapers, cash dispensers and telephones arranged as a central island, and plenty of flowers in planters and hanging baskets. There is also a waiting room by the entrance to platform 1. All this is under a light overall roof, and there are canopies along the platforms as well. Because it's a terminus, all trains terminate or reverse direction here. The station is well signed to its east-of-city-centre location, with pay-and-display parking in front and 20 minute pick-up parking round the right side. Access is level at the Thorpe Road entrance, but Station Approach is an incline. Wheels: NG.

Norwich canopy       Norwich also serves:
the Norwich to Cambridge route
the Norwich to Lowestoft route
the Norwich to Sheringham route
and Ipswich to Norwich & Cambridge
   Norwich frontage

Brundall Gardens entry Brundall Gardens station
Brundall Gardens plan Brundall Gardens is at the bottom of a private road maybe 100 yards long. There is no apparent parking. The entrance to the station is a small gate through towering bushes - and rather attractive. The two platforms are linked by an overbridge, but no sign of a footboard alternative and the station is unstaffed. There are shelters on both platforms - wooden huts on one side, and a modern bus shelter with about 5 bar seats on the other. There is an information board but we didn't notice any video train information. Wheels: NG.

Brundall Station is not far from the shopping area (though Station Road is slightly longer than the sketch suggests), and has a free car park for about 20 cars with two disabled spaces near the entrance. This is handy positioning as the station is staggered either side of a level crossing, so you can get to either platform quickly when the gates are open. There is also an overbridge for the more agile.

The main building was on the east-bound side, but this has now passed into private business hands, so weather protection is a bus shelter on the platform just beyond it. The Norwich side has rather more accommodation and its open-fronted canopied shelter could probably shelter 15-20 people. The platforms have video train information, and the junction at the eastern end of the station is the splitting point for the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft routes. Wheels: NG.
Brundall station
Brundall plan
The photo shows the Norwich side from the end of the Lowestoft platform. The leftmost building is the former station house. The car park is out of view to the left, beyond the passenger bridge.

Lingwood station LINGWOOD station is the first after the route division at Brundall, and the route has become single track. This has operational implications and some Great Yarmouth trains go via Reedham to increase the number of trains that can serve the resort. The Station building appears to have gone into private hands, but seats remain on the platform and there is a short canopy to provide some respite from the weather. When we were there, there were also several displays of flowers to make the wait more pleasant. The entrance is just beyond the east end of the station building, and there is space for 6 cars plus street parking. Wheels: NG
Lingwood plan

Acle Plan ACLE station is not directly known to us, but as we are unlikely to be in the area again soon, we have assembled information from photographs of the station. The description here is therefore only partial, and we would welcome additions and corrections.
Acle has two platforms but the second track is actually the (only) passing loop for this section of the route, and not a resumption of double track. The original station building on the Great Yarmouth side now appears to be in private hands, but still offers canopy shelter and seating on the platform. The second platform has a substantial brick and timber shelter which only lacks doors to make it an adequate waiting room. There is a passenger overbridge, but unless there is a footboard at the eastern end we can see no way of wheeled crossing, though National Rail Enquiries says there is step-free access. Wheels: N?G.

Berney Arms plan BERNEY ARMS halt is on the link line from Reedham to Great Yarmouth, not the line through Lingwood and Acle. Great Yarmouth trains alternate on the two routes. The halt is the smallest station on the modern railway system, and trains stop there only by request. As with Acle, we have not been there ourselves, but in this case it was not a demanding task to describe its features as they are almost non-existent. The platform itself is small, and the newish open-fronted shelter seems to have gone lengthways through a bacon-slicer to fit on it. Capacity is apparently four slender people standing shoulder to shoulder and very upright - and they'll probably still get wet. Don't get excited by the crossing - it's strictly local, and the Berney Arms itself is a short distance away. The station only exists through an "in perpetuity" clause in the original land sale, but the surrounding area is a wildlife preserve with little road access at all, so the station does have a purpose in life - if not much traffic. Access seems to be by walking alongside the track from the nearby crossing. Wheels: NG.

GREAT YARMOUTH originally had three stations, but only this one at the north end of the seaside town remains in service. It still has station facilities including a ticket office, ticket barriers and a recently painted overall roof. This combination caught us out as we were still sketching when they closed the station for the night, so the layout for platform 1 may be slightly inaccurate.

Other facilities included newspapers and snacks. The concourse has about 32 seats with video train information, staff on hand, and - like so many stations in this area - attractive baskets of flowers.
  Great Yarmouth photo
Great Yarmouth plan
Outside is a bus stop close to the entrance foyer, and beyond that a triangular car park with 24 parking spaces. We didn't see any charge displayed, but apparently there is a fee. Wheels: NG.

The photo shows the station just a few minutes before the 9.00 evening close-down. The seats had been well-filled until the last train arrived.

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