Station Name: YARMOUTH BEACH

[Source: Chris Armour]
Date opened: 7.8.1877
Location: On the east side of Nelson Road North, approx. half a mile east of the Market Place
Company on opening: Great Yarmouth & Stalham Light Railway
Date closed to passengers: 2.3.1959
Date closed completely: 2.3.1959
Company on closing: British Railways (Eastern Region)
Present state: Demolished, but a small memorial to the railway station remains in the form of a brick plinth containing about ten yards of track and two cast iron roof supports showing the logos of the M&GN and the E&MR.
County: Norfolk
OS Grid Ref: TG529080
Date of visit: May 1986

Notes: The station was opened as the terminus of the Great Yarmouth & Stalham Light Railway. It was initially isolated from the rest of the railway network, serving only the stations at Caister-on-Sea, Great Ormesby, Hemsby and Martham. In 1878 the company changed its name to the Yarmouth & North Norfolk Light Railway and work began on extending

the line to Stalham (which it reached in 1880) and North Walsham.

In 1883, the company amalgamated with the Lynn & Fakenham Railway to form the Eastern & Midlands Railway, itself becoming part of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway in 1893. In 1903 the 800 foot five span Breydon Viaduct was built linking Beach Station with the Norfolk & Suffolk Joint Railway line from Yarmouth South Town Station, giving passengers
from the Midlands a link with the line to Lowestoft. The viaduct was closed in 1953 when major repairs were anticipated, although it was found to be in good condition when it was demolished in 1962. This left Beach Station once more the terminus of a line from North Walsham. The decline of the herring industry together with the increase in private car ownership let to its demise and closure in 1959.

After closure, the site was used as a coach station, with the platforms, canopies and buildings being used as waiting rooms. The station was demolished in 1986 and replaced by modern brick built facilities for coach passengers.

The station was originally called Yarmouth but Beach

was added in 1883. Although the town served by the station is Great Yarmouth the official name for the station was just Yarmouth although Great Yarmouth appeared on station signs.

Other web sites: For more pictures of Yarmouth Beach Station and other Norfolk stations see Berney Arms web site.


Yarmouth Beach Station in the 1930's


Yarmouth Beach station in May 1977
Photo by Alan Young


Yarmouth Beach Station in May 1986
Photo by Chris Armour


Demolition of the station began in June 1986
Photo by Andrew Barton from Berney Arms web site



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[Source: Chris Armour]

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