Four Great Eastern carriages at Wells

Words and pictures by Brian Sharpe

NORFOLK has always been known as fertile ground for discovering grounded pre-Grouping wooden coach bodies, with many examples still surviving on farms and in a variety of other locations.

Further coaches are regularly being discovered, but a surprising twist is that no less than four GER coach bodies have arrived at one of the county’s heritage railways.

An unidentified GER six-wheel coach body in use as the station tearoom seating area at Wells station on the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway.

All had been used as living accommodation, possibly for many years, although little is known of their history and only one of the four has been positively identified.

The Wells & Walsingham Light Railway is a 10¼in gauge line built on the trackbed of the northern end of the GER branch from Wymondham to Wells-next-the-Sea; the southern end of the branch now being the Mid-Norfolk Railway. Claiming to be the world’s smallest public railway, the WWLR does not use the original Wells station but terminates south of the A149 coast road.

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