Station Name: YARMOUTH SOUTH TOWN

[Source: Nick Catford]

Date opened: 1.6.1859
Location: To the north of Station Road - the site is lost under A1243 Bridge Road
Company on opening: Norfolk & Suffolk Joint Railway
Date closed to passengers: 4.5.1970
Date closed completely: 4.5.1970
Company on closing: British Rail (Eastern Region)
Present state: Demolished
County: Norfolk
OS Grid Ref: TG520073
Date of visit: 1969

Notes: Yarmouth's South Town station was originally the terminus of the East Suffolk Railway and had a direct service from London Liverpool Street via Ipswich and Beccles. This line was once the major through route between Great Yarmouth and London, having a regular express passenger service as well as carrying heavy freight traffic. The direct service was curtailed on November 2nd 1959 when the section of line between Yarmouth and Haddiscoe was closed and subsequently some of the trains were diverted via Lowestoft via Gorleston.

The line from South Town to Lowestoft was run by the Norfolk & Suffolk Joint Railway Committee, a shared operation with the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway. It served the stations of Gorleston North, Gorleston-on-Sea, Gorleston Links Halt, Hopton, Corton, Lowestoft North and terminated at Lowestoft Central. When the London trains were re-routed to Yarmouth Vauxhall in 1962 the line was downgraded and subsequently closed completely to goods on July 3rd 1967 (except for Lowestoft North which shut on 6th November 1967) and to passengers on May 4th 1970.

Although the town is today known as Great Yarmouth the railways have rarely included 'Great' in the name until recently.

Source: Berney Arms web site


Yarmouth South Town Station in the early 20th century showing the original overall roof.



Yarmouth Southtown Station on 10.2.1968
Photo by Andrew Barton from Berney Arms web site

Yarmouth South Town Station in 1969
P
hoto by Bevan Price

Yarmouth South Town station during track lifting in 1970.
P
hoto by Michael Sayer

Yarmouth South Town Station in May 1977
P
hoto by Alan Young

Yarmouth South Town station frontage in May 1977
P
hoto by Alan Young


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[Source: Nick Catford]


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