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Brief History of Sheringham East

23rd November 2012

The relocation of Sheringham East signalbox back to Station Road forms the most recent part of an interesting history of signalling at Sheringham.

Sheringham Station was first opened on the 16th June 1887 by the Eastern and Midlands Railway. The E&M later amalgamated to become the M&GN Joint Railway. Initially Sheringham station was controlled by one central signalbox located on platform two. As traffic increased, the Sheringham station layout was remodelled and resignalled in 1906. Under this scheme, two signalboxes were constructed. Sheringham West controlled the entrance to the single line section that led to Weybourne, Holt and Melton Constable and worked with Weybourne signalbox, or Holt if Weybourne was switched out.

Sheringham East signalbox was built at the same time and controlled the entrance to the single line section towards Cromer. Initially the box worked with Runton West Junction, then Runton East Junction after the closure of the Runton triangle before finally working with Cromer Beach signalbox after resignalling at Cromer. The East 'box also controlled the wooden gates by a gate wheel over Station Road.

In 1966, BR closed both Sheringham station and Sheringham East box, with train services terminating at a new wooden platform built on the Cromer side of the road. This is the platform which serves trains on the national network and services began using this station in January 1967.

Following closure, the council wished to widen station road. It was at this time that Sheringham East signalbox was saved from demolition and in July 1972 volunteers from the North Norfolk Railway moved it to the site on platform two. The signalbox has stood at this location for just over forty years and until 2011 was open as a museum signalbox, complete with the original frame and block instruments. After planning and construction of a new brick base, the signalbox was moved to the new location by the rebuilt Sheringham level crossing where it will stand for years to come.

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Sheringham East Signal Box Moved

20th November 2012

After months of planning and thanks to a donation from a volunteer, Sheringham East signalbox has finally been moved from platform two on Sheringham station to a new and final resting place atop a new brick base very near to it's original location.

Sheringham originally had only one signalbox, which was a tall structure located on platform two alongside the adjacent buildings. After later remodelling, Sheringham gained two signalboxes, named Sheringham East and Sheringham West. Sheringham West 'box was situated close to where the existing Sheringham West signalbox now stands (the existing structure was reclaimed from Wensum Jnc, Norwich). Sheringham East 'box controlled a set of wooden gates worked by a gate wheel over Station Road. The double track station lines were worked under 'Absolute Block' regulations, with the lines towards Cromer and Melton Constable being worked by Electric Token Block.

After BR closed Sheringham station, Sheringham East 'box was under threat, so volunteers moved it to Platform two in 1972, where it has since stood for just over forty years. As the next stage of the level crossing reinstatement, it was decided to move the 'box back closer to its original position. The current site inside the new crossing gates was chosen as it met the balance of historical authenticity versus general practicality, added to the fact that the new crossing gates were already in situ and would be expensive and costly to move.

Sheringham East signalbox was first craned onto a low loader, which drove the 500 yards towards the new site, where the crane was set up again to lift it onto the base. As the lorry moved the 'box towards the new site, a new arrival in the form of the tender from Standard 4MT 76084 arrived, which will be transported to Weybourne works to finish outstanding work.

The 'box will requires some repairs and will be restored and repainted in due course. The joinery firm Northmark (who built the replica crossing gates) has been tasked with construction of a new set of 'box stairs.

B12 to visit G&WR

18th November 2012

We can proudly announce that the B12 will be visiting the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway during May for their 'Cotswold Steam Celebration'.

This will be the first time the B12 specifically visited another preserved railway since returning to traffic in March 2012 and will be hauling her first passenger trains away from the NNR in over five years.

This event is a major milestone for the G&WR who have suffered major setbacks with multiple landslips over the past few years. The B12 will be steaming alongside other G&WR resident locomotives and will be representing the LNER and Eastern Region for the 'big four' theme.

More information can be found on the G&WR Website (

New M&GN Website Launched

9th November 2012

After many months working away behind the scenes, we can now proudly announce the launch of our new website.

We hope you find it easy to navigate. Everything is divided into eight categories: Home, News, Join, About, Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Museum and Shop. Under each of these categories is a further menu, with more information therein.

Any comments and queries regarding the new website can be directed to the webmaster. Details are on the Contact Us page.

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The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society is the supporting charity of (and major shareholder in) the North Norfolk Railway, which operates a 5¼ mile heritage railway from Sheringham to Holt.

The Society actively works to preserve, display and operate a wide range of historical artefacts which include four steam locomotives and many unique carriages and wagons.

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