Eastern Main Lines

Diss to Norwich

including Bressingham Steam Museum

by Richard Adderson & Graham Kenworthy

As the northern section of the route from Liverpool Street to Norwich, this important main line has changed greatly over the years, with the closure of the intermediate stations and, in later years, electrification.

We start with a detailed look at the fascinating Bressingham Steam Museum, and, in complete contrast, also visit the long-forgotten rural railway through Ashwellthorpe.



'The 20 miles route from Diss to Norwich Thorpe station is very well detailed with the aid of captioned photographs and old survey maps... The 120 photographs and associated maps with facsimiles of timetables and tickets amply describe this short but interesting section of railway through part of eastern England.'
(The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, No.166, Winter 2018/19)

'Another excellent title in the series and up to the usual standards.'
(SLS Journal, January/February 2019, No. 915, Vol. 95)

'Norwich is justifiably given extensive coverage, and special moments include the inaugural run of the southbound 'East Anglian' on September 27 1937, when specially streamlined 'B17' 4-6-0 No. 2859 and its rake of immaculate, brand new and specially built Gresley teak coaches managed the run to London in 135 minutes, inclusive of a stop at Ipswich.... Another good Middleton book.'
(Steam World, Issue 379, January 2019)

'The bulk of the volume follows the usual MP format of looking at every station, halt, industrial siding and other point of interest along a specific route.... Essential local history.'
(Heritage Railway, Issue 247, Oct-Nov 2018)

'This latest volume in the Middleton Press survey of the network opens with a chapter on Bressingham, focusing on the early years.'
The Railway Magazine, December 2018)

Book Details

Richard Adderson & Graham Kenworthy
Vic Mitchell
Eastern Main Lines
Middleton Press Ltd
22 September 2018
20 September 2023
240 x 174 mm
96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
Bressingham Steam Museum 1-11
Diss 12-22
Burston 23-29
Tivetshall 30-36
Forncett 37-44
Ashwellthorpe 45-52
Flordon 53-60
Swainsthorpe 61-66
Trowse Upper Junction 67-73
Norwich Victoria 74-84
Trowse 85-101
Norwich Thorpe 102-120