North Elmham-Norwich Milk Train

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Tiptreeman
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North Elmham-Norwich Milk Train

Post by Tiptreeman » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:16 pm

Does anyone have any photos, timings working timetables for this train in the 1940'-1960s.....When was the dairy closed and converted to grain storage...Tiptreeman

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Re: North Elmham-Norwich Milk Train

Post by JASd17 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:13 pm

The May 1945 WTT shows the tanks being conveyed by passenger train between North Elmham and Norwich Trowse, This train was the 3.6pm from Wells to Norwich, arriving at Trowse 4.59pm.

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Re: North Elmham-Norwich Milk Train

Post by Karhedron » Thu May 21, 2020 11:06 pm

The dairy ceased operating in 1963-64 after the "Western agreement" between BRB and MMB. Basically this concentrated milk flows into London from the west and south and led to rail services being withdrawn from pretty much all LNER and LMS country dairies. Bottling plants like Ilford remained open but the tankers now came from the west country and were tripped round north London.

I am not sure the dairy was ever used for grain storage (quite prepared to be mistaken on this). There was a large granary plant just south of the station on the opposite side of the level crossing. This remained operational into the 80s. Could this be what you are thinking of?

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Re: North Elmham-Norwich Milk Train

Post by PaulG » Mon May 25, 2020 8:56 pm

The milk traffic from North Elmham and Halesworth were well photographed by people such as the late Dr I Allen and published in various East Anglia books.

The following are a couple of low res scans from such publications.

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Re: North Elmham-Norwich Milk Train

Post by 65447 » Mon May 25, 2020 10:07 pm

Tiptreeman wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:16 pm
Does anyone have any photos, timings working timetables for this train in the 1940'-1960s.....When was the dairy closed and converted to grain storage...Tiptreeman
If you happen to be a member of the GER Society a forthcoming Journal (during 2020) has an article that answers most questions on the United Dairies traffic.

If you aren't a member perhaps you might be persuaded to join? https://www.gersociety.org.uk/index.php ... bership-12

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