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The Wherry Lines are railway lines in Englandmarker, from Norwichmarker to Great Yarmouthmarker and Lowestoftmarker. These lines pass through The Broads. The line is part of the Network Rail Strategic Route 7, SRS 07.11 and is classified as a rural line. The name of the line is taken from the Norfolk wherries, which played an important role in the transport of goods and people around the broads before road and rail transport became widespread.

History

The line was first opened from Norwich to Great Yarmouth by the Norwich and Yarmouth Railway in 1844, running via Reedhammarker. The link from Reedham to Lowestoft was added in 1847 by Samuel Morton Peto. Finally, the northern route from Norwichmarker to Great Yarmouthmarker was added in 1882 by the Great Eastern Railway.

On 1 February 2007, the services operating on the line were designated community rail services as part of The Community Rail Development Strategy which aims to increase passenger numbers and income, improve the management of costs, and develop a greater sense of community involvement.

Infrastructure

The lines from Norwichmarker to Brundallmarker and on to Lowestoft marker are double track with the lines between Brundall, Great Yarmouthmarker and Reedhammarker being single track. The line is not electrified, has a loading gauge of W8 except between Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Northmarker junction where it is W6, and has a line speed of between 40-75 mph.

Rolling stock

Passenger services are provided by National Express East Anglia, using Class 153, Class 156 or Class 170 diesel multiple units, as the routes are not electrified. Most services originate from Norwich, but some services operate through from London Liverpool Streetmarker via Norwichmarker. These through services are either formed of Turbostars or else are Class 90 electric locomotives with hauled coaching stock, which are dragged from Norwichmarker by a Class 47 diesel locomotive.

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