A large part of East Anglia was signalled in the traditional way. I arrived in this part of the world for the first time at Christmas 1982 and was astonished to see so much of the old style signalling. I set out to photograph all that I could from Ipswich to Yarmouth and Norwich and Cromer, Norwich to Ely, Melton Mowbray and Leicester, Spalding, Sleaford, Boston, Lincoln and on to Gilberdyke Jc near Hull. Goole swing bridge cabin  as well. The project took a few years. These ten views were taken with a Rolleiflex around Norwich Thorpe on 4 June 1983.

 

These levers operated the crossovers to release a locomotive to the ‘run round’ loop when it arrived at the buffers.

 

The crossover leading from platform line the run round loop.

The crossover leading from platform line the run round loop.

Interior of Norwich Thorpe Passenger Yrd signal box

The ‘Passenger Yard’ signal box with the ‘Telegraph lad centre and the signalman, right.

 

The Passenger Yard

 

Passenger Yard signal box and station. Behind Passenger Yard box a  Class 31 loco for a Birmingham passenger train and behind that the Goods Yard box. The Goods Yard occupies the site of the 1844 station. The existing Norwich station dates from 1887.

Rear of Passenger Yard box looking towards Thorpe Junction

A Norwich – Birmingham train is leaving.

The post has  the Starting signal out of the station and the Starting signal with route indicator for entering Sidings or Station from Sidings

The post has the Starting signal out of the station and the Starting signal with route indicator for entering Sidings or Station from Sidings

Looking outwards towards Thorpe Junction with a train arriving from Birmingham and a CLass 37 on the Headshunt awaiting its next duty.

Looking outwards towards Thorpe Junction with a train arriving from Birmingham and a CLass 37 on the Headshunt awaiting its next duty.

37030 waits for the signal

Goods Yard and derelict steam engine shed

Flowering weeds on filled in turntable pit