John Batley of Friends Of Norwich City Station with an update on work to explore the railway heritage of the site…
We were back on site this weekend with superb progress on the end of the LNER engine shed.
By future removal of the earth/spoil/dredge pile at the end of the shed (by three meters), we will see the entire floor plan, and possibly the extended brick floor that was outside of the shed.
Underneath the 1946 LNER engine shed we have found the evidence of the 1882 Lynn and Fakenham shed which was there until its destruction in the bombing of the station in April 1942.
It goes to prove that the LNER built the new shed over the original shed floor. Even more impressive is that we have located fantastic remains of the still-buried platform 1 outer facing wall. This extends six meters past the end of the coal stage.
Some of the platform shows edging stones and dentine brick detailing which means some of the platform is to full height from the trackbed.
Find out more this May 27th, a very special day when the FONCs crew will be on site with more information, and there will be a chance to observe and record nature at the same time as part of the first ever Train Wood Bioblitz. There will be two railway walk and talks, and we will be laying flowers and holding a minute’s silence at the crash site of B24 Liberator ‘Lady Jane’, to mark the sacrifice 2nd Ralph Dooley and his crew made in November 1944 – yet more important history of this amazing area.