Keeping rail heritage alive on the Flitch Way

I wonder if you are aware of the carriage that stands at the platform at Rayne on the disused Bishop’s Stortford to Braintree branch?

The carriage museum at Rayne station. CHARLES PARKER

Since 2014 this Mk.2 carriage has been home to a small museum under the auspices of The Friends of The Flitch Way and includes a working model of Rayne station as it was at the end of the Second World War.

There are also several railway artefacts, together with material relating to the flora and fauna of the Flitch Way.

Rayne station as it appeared in the Forties, and depicted by an OO gauge model inside the museum. CHARLES PARKER

The Flitch Way is the name given to the walking and cycling route that uses much of the old trackbed for the branch. Rayne station house contains a superb cafe much used by walkers and cyclists.

Charles Parker, email

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