An Eastern Miscellany by Alan Simpson. Following an appeal in the club's magazine for more photographs, several members responded with their contributions, including Alan Simpson from Leytonstone who submitted this collection which (with a single exception) is from East Anglia. At a time when most disused stations have been restored to their former glory, Alan has managed to find a couple which are still ruinous. Given that line closures started back in the 1950s with the BR Modernisation Plan, the prospects for the survival of any mouldering station today cannot be good.

Above: Gedney station was situated on the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway's line from Little Bytham to Melton Constable, where branches fanned out to Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Norwich City. The M&GNJR had the dubious distinction of being the first network to be closed almost in its entirety on a single day, namely 2nd March 1959. As can be seen, the station is remarkably intact, but woebegone and in dire need of a saviour. One cannot help but feel that the site is more likely to attract the attention of a developer who will raze the building to the ground and construct something entirely new. 5th May 2009. (Alan Simpson)

Above: The Cambridgeshire village of Murrow once possessed the luxury of two railway stations, one on the M&GNJR's line from Peterborough to Sutton Bridge, and the other on the Great Eastern & Great Northern joint line from March to Spalding. The latter line, which was served by this signal box, Murrow West, survived until 27th November 1982, by which time railway closures in the UK had almost come to an end. The box has now been converted into an unusual home. 5th May 2009. (Alan Simpson)
Left: The next station north of Murrow was French Drove, where another signal box survives – again, apparently, as a home if the letterbox and wheelie bin are anything to go by. Apart from the lack of decorative bargeboards, the design is identical to the box at Cowbit, which can be seen below. 22nd May 2009. (Alan Simson)
Above: Cowbit station, seen here with its accompanying signal box, was the last station on the March–Spalding line before Spalding was reached. Spalding was once a major East Anglian railway hub with direct links to six different railway destinations, not to mention an avoiding line. Today, it is just a stop on the surviving line from Sleaford to Peterborough. 22nd May 2009. (Alan Simpson)
Above: Now rail-less Swaffham in Norfolk was once the junction station for three Great Eastern lines that fanned out to King's Lynn, Dereham and Roudham Junction (near Thetford). The Swaffham to Thetford branch closed on 15th June 1964, with the main King's Lynn to Dereham line following on 9th September 1968. As can be seen, the station survives in excellent repair and presents a fine sight with its Jacobean architectural flourishes. 15th November 2008. (Alan Simpson)
Above: Thrapston Midland Road was situated on the Midland Railway's former line from Kettering to Huntingdon, which closed officially on 15th June 1959, although the final trains actually ran two days earlier on Saturday 13th June. As can be seen, the structure was in a parlous state given that part of its roof had failed; two years later, it had been demolished. 19th October 2008. (Alan Simpson)
Left: A view of Thrapston Midland Road station from the neighbouring and even more derelict goods shed. The timber structure on the floor was the sliding door that used to run above the archway framing the station opposite. These old railway buildings had little to commend them by the time they had reached this state, but the majority were built to a very high standard and deserved a better fate. Both this shed and the station opposite are now just memories. 19th October 2008. (Alan Simson)
Above: Following the failure of the Sandford Stone Company in 2005, Sandford & Banwell station on the Cheddar Valley line in Somerset faced an uncertain future. The new owners, St. Monica Trust, built a sheltered housing complex in the station grounds, but also restored the station and nearby goods shed to a very high standard. The station (a particularly fine example of the work of the Bristol & Exeter Railway) is now a museum to the Cheddar Valley line, while the goods shed accommodates an excellent café/restaurant – a very convenient facility for users of the railway-based Strawberry Line cycle trail from Cheddar to Yatton, which passes nearby. The relaid track and wagons are a nice touch. 28th February 2010. (Alan Simpson)