- Breckland Line
Breckland Line Overview Type Heavy rail Locale Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk Operation Opened 1845 Owner Network Rail Operator(s) National Express East Anglia
East Midlands Trains
Rolling stock Class 158
Technical Track gauge Standard gauge Loading gauge W10 Electrification 25 kV AC (between Cambridge and Ely) Operating speed 80-105mph Route map Breckland LineLegend Norwich Wherry Lines/Bittern Line River Wensum Norwich Victoria Great Eastern Main Line A47 A11 to Ashwellthorpe Wymondham Mid-Norfolk Railway to Dereham A11 Spooner Row (closed Sundays) Attleborough Eccles Road (closed Sundays) Harling Road (closed Sundays) River Thet A134 to Holme Hale & Swaffham Roudham Junction former Thetford to Bury St Edmunds line Thetford A11 Brandon River Little Ouse Cut-off Channel Lakenheath (closed weekdays) Shippea Hill (closed Sundays) River Lark River Great Ouse Fen Line to King's Lynn Ely to Peterborough Line to Peterborough Ely Ipswich to Ely Line to Ipswich former Ely and St Ives Railway Waterbeach Ipswich to Cambridge Line Cambridge Hitchin-Cambridge Line West Anglia Main Line
The Breckland Line runs from Cambridge in Cambridgeshire to Norwich in Norfolk, in East Anglia, England. It is so called because it runs through the Breckland region of Norfolk. The line also passes through Thetford Forest. The line is part of the Network Rail Strategic Route 5, SRS 05.09 and part of SRS 05.05. It is classified as a secondary line except between Ely and Cambridge which is classified as London and South East commuter line.
The Norwich & Brandon Railway was incorporated in 1844 and backed by George & Robert Stephenson. It was opened as the Norfolk Railway on the 30th July 1845 and Eastern Counties Railway opened a route from Cambridge via Ely to Brandon on the same day.
The line is double track throughout but is only electrified between Cambridge and Ely, at 25 kV AC. It has a loading gauge of W8 except for the section connecting the Ipswich to Ely Line to the Ely to Peterborough Line which is W10, and has a line speed of between 80-105 mph.
With its well preserved stations, semaphore signalling and prior to Spring 2009 lineside telegraph poles, along with sections of jointed rail on wooden sleepers (gradually being replaced) the line has a very historical feel to it, although many sections are cleared for 90 mph running, with 100 mph being feasible.
Places Grid references Norwich TG239083 Wymondham TG114009 Spooner Row TM094974 Attleborough TM051950 Quidenham (Eccles Road) TM018900 East Harling (Harling Road) TL977879 Thetford TL867836 Brandon TL784872 Lakenheath TL723863 Shippea Hill TL641841 Ely TL543793 Cambridge TL461572
Some of the stations it serves see just one stopping train in each direction per day, mostly in the Norwich direction in the morning and from Norwich in the evening.
Passenger services are operated by several operators.
- National Express East Anglia operate an hourly service between Cambridge and Norwich using Class 170 diesel multiple units.
- East Midlands Trains operate services between Ely and Norwich, as part of the Norwich-Liverpool route. Services are operated by Class 158 diesel multiple units.
- CrossCountry operate services between Ely and Cambridge as part of the Birmingham New Street-Stansted Airport route. Services are operated by Class 170 diesel multiple units.
- First Capital Connect operate services between Cambridge and Ely as part of their Fen Line service to King's Lynn. Services are usually operated by Class 365 electrical multiple units.
The line between Cambridge and Ely, part of the Fen Line to King's Lynn, is electrified at 25 kV AC, using overhead wires. The rest of the route between Ely and Norwich is not electrified, other than the final section into Norwich station, after joining with the electrified line from London.
- ^ a b "Route 5 - West Anglia". Network Rail. http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/StrategicBusinessPlan/RoutePlans/2009/Route%205%20-%20West%20Anglia.pdf. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
- ^ "Station history". Wymondham Station. http://www.wymondham-station.com/index.php?f=data_station_history&a=0. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
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