(All pics sourced via Internet)
Thursday, 4 August 2016
Monday, 23 May 2016
Outwell in tramway days
The goods depot in recent times
The goods depot at Outwell is now preserved and work has been done by local people to restore it. This was on one of the most picturesque parts of the line and is a wonderful asset to the village!
GOODS OFFICE OF FORMER WISBECH AND UPWELL TRAMWAY
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Sunday, 22 May 2016
9.9.1956 Both pics copyright Mike Morant Collection
Just five weeks after I was born, on 9 September 1956, the RCTS Fensman No 2 tour visited the Wisbech and Upwell tramway, the trip being made in open wagons behind loco 11102.
These pics capture the atmosphere of both the line and the experience of a trip along the line in the most basic of accomodation!
Saturday, 21 May 2016
An old postcard of the Upwell Tram - dated 1907 - heading towards Wisbech by Blands Trees in front of Inglethorpe Manor, Emneth.
A wonderful postcard shot of the tramway in its heyday, long before the First World War or much in the way of motorised traffic, and 20 years before closure to passengers. It was this shot that first got me interested in this fascinating line, seen in a book in the early 70s.
This may of course become a common sight in the future when oil has vanished, along with road traffic, and many rural and minor lines revert to steam haulage. Whether these future steam trams and tramways will recreate the charm and rural perfection of this scene is anybody's guess ...
Friday, 20 May 2016
It is the 20th May 1966 and the last tram from Upwell trundles alongside Elm Rd towards Wisbech East Station and the goods yard. Despite the uniqueness of this tramway and its connection with the Rev Awdry and Toby the Tram engine etc. the Wisbech Town Council seems to have no interest at all in this part of its heritage. This will be the only commemoration of its passing in Wisbech today - how sad.
Monday, 26 October 2015
Upwell station 1900s PC.
Upwell station with G15 127 pre 1913.
UPWELL STATION 1973. Photo by Peter Howie.
Info (from Wikipedia)
Upwell railway station was a station in Upwell, Norfolk on the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway. It was opened in 1883 to carry passengers and agricultural wares to Wisbech where they would go to market, or be shipped off to other towns or cities. It remained open to passengers only till 1927, when competition from motorised buses forced this service to end. It carried on with the goods, carry produce from the surrounding farms.
It was finally closed in 1966 as part of the Beeching Axe and shortly afterwards the line to Wisbech was taken up. The village signs inUpwell still bear a picture of a tram recognising the heritage of the settlement. It was during several visits that the Reverend .W. Awdry, author of the Railway Series, was inspired to come up with the character of Toby the Tram Engine modelled on the trams that worked the line.
Today not only is the Upwell Tramway gone, but so are the main lines that used to serve Wisbech. Today the farm produce travels almost entirely by road.
The site of the former station has recently been converted into a car park for the health centre (doctors' surgery) in Upwell.