Stations along the route



Heacham station on the Lynn and Hunstanton railway is the starting point of the West Norfolk junction railway. The Wells line started in a bay platform on the east side of the main line.




Heading east from Heacham, the first station the trains arrived at was Sedgeford. A simple station located just to the north of the village with a single passenger platform and associated single-story building on the down (eastbound) side and a goods yard consisting of a single loop siding, also on the down side.




From Sedgeford the railway continued east for a little under two miles to Docking, the largest intermediate station on the West Norfolk branch and the only one to have two platforms with waiting rooms on both the up (westbound) side, and the down (eastbound) side. Docking’s goods-handling facilities were also quite substantial. The main goods yard was on the down side and boasted a large red brick goods shed. There was an additional siding on the up side and a private siding serving the adjacent Marsters Granary. There were also livestock pens and a signal box.



Just under two miles east of Docking the railway arrived at the village of Stanhoe. Stanhoe was a small passenger-only station to the north of the village. Its modest facilities consisted of a single platform on the up side of the line. It had one small brick and flint building with a tiny veranda.




Leaving Stanhoe the line descended from a height of 153ft above sea level down to just 40ft as it arrived at Burnham Market. The facilities here consisted of a single platform on the down side and a four-siding goods yard to the west. One of the sidings served a brick-built goods shed, and there were also the usual cattle pens, coal facilities and an end-loading dock for machinery and vehicular traffic.



Having now reached the flat, low-lying coastal area, the line continued its way eastwards arriving at the small station at Holkham, the last intermediate station along the route. Conveniently situated opposite the main gates of Holkham Park and within easy walking distance of the Earl of Leicester’s large and impressive home at Holkham Hall, the station itself had just one platform and no goods facilities. The station building was a miniature version of the Great Eastern’s standard “Victorian House” design, complete with a projecting platform canopy.



After leaving Holkham, the railway ran for the final two miles of its journey along flat reclaimed marshland, then headed inland along an embankment for a short distance before turning through a 180-degree loop, arriving at the final station on the route of Wells-next-the-Sea and the end of the line.



Docking station