For enthusiasts,researchers and modellers of the Great Eastern Railway


This material was originally provided by the late Andy Rush as a third contribution to the Stations photographic section. However, we have subsequently received a more extensive description to accompany the photos from Ruth Ivimey-Cook and thus the presentation of this part of the website seems more fitting.

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Fulbourn looking West. Centre is the station building, just to its left in the distance is the goods shed. The road crossing, as seems common, separates the buildings from the platform (there was a tiny ticket collecting booth beside the level crossing post that's visible.  On the far left is the brick-built platform shelter.

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Fulbourn (which the GER always spelt with a trailing "e") looking East. To the extreme right are the remains of the two goods sidings. On the extreme left would have been the siding for the coal merchant, but lifted at this date. The bunker is probably the remnant of this.

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Six Mile Bottom looking North towards Newmarket. The platform here was very narrow, sandwiched between the goods shed and the track. The photographer's back is to the station building, which still exists as a private residence. The canopy opposite and the goods shed are separated by the goods track, which (if it were not blocked off) would go into the arch of the goods shed.

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Dullingham. The goods shed here has gone (it would have been visible beside and behind the station building). The station building itself didn't last much longer though I don't know exactly when it was demolished. The only bit left (2013) is the toilet block which is, in this photo, supporting the Dullingham platform sign, rougly in the centre of the photo. Dullingham station is in use and looking much the same, and the box is the controller of the section from Newmarket where it takes over from Chippenham Junction through to the edge of the Cambridge Power box area.

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Wood Ditton Level Crossing. Wood Ditton is the parish in which Newmarket station was built, and stretches south and west from Newmarket town. The photo shows the level crossing of the B1061 with the railway, which was elevated about 10' above the surroundings. The fields behind were for racehorse paddocks. Newmarket New was about 2/3 mile to the right.

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Newmarket. Of particular interest is what is on the bridge: maps mark the bridge as having the cattle dock on top of it. It would have been just to the right of the low starter signal near the centre. Beyond that were the main storage sidings, and the siding for the maltings.  The platform was famously wide to accommodate race-day traffic.

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Newmarket 1902 Station.This shows the station overview soon after completion. The down platform was later extended towards the viewer. The slew in tracks was a result of building this station on top of the original line, while that was in use: I presume that they built the new double track seen here as a junction with the old still extant on the left, switched over to the new and built the Down platform & buildings.

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Newmarket Old Station.The old station building, once used for people (hence the fancy stonework) but relegated to horses and goods after the opening of the new station in 1902.

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Newmarket Old Station looking very forlorn after BR demolished the main canopy. The platform on the left was always the "main" one. In latter days the platform on the right, now rather green, was used as an alternate. At the end of the platform you can see the original goods depot building: originally there was a wagon turntable that linked at 90deg across the end of the roads and off to a dock the left. The buffer stops on the far left were for a very short siding which I have been assuming was for temporary storage of a locomotive - getting to the Loco depot involved a very long wander across the main lines.

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Newmarket New Station again, after the "rationalisation" so probably late 1970s. The station was still in use but only as a passenger stop. The platform canopy on both sides has been radically cut back. The bay platform roads on the right (originally used to terminate trains travelling from Ely via Soham and Fordham) have been lifted as have all the goods sidings. Out of sight, further up the line, there were still a couple of sidings in use until the time the whole formation here was singled.

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Newmarket Yard signal box looking South West. It was opposite the old station, on the south side of the main line through the tunnel. Behind it was the loco yard, which was very basic even at its height: a turntable, a single line shed with a roof-top water storage tank. I think the remains of this latter are visible behind the box. The main line in this photo is the one nearest the box: that next to it - I think - is to one of the remaining sidings. However, the layout here differs from the plans and photos I know of.

Further information on the three stations at Newmarket can be found in Journals 74, 110 and 123.

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