Backscene Ge­orge Dent,

Mus­ings we couldn’t fit into the is­sue else­where, but which seemed very im­por­tant at the time… Deputy Ed­i­tor

Model Rail (UK) - - Backscene -

Pass­ing the time in Thet­ford re­cently, I was im­pressed by the at­trac­tive sta­tion build­ings. Only after ex­it­ing the plat­forms and mooching about the car park did I re­alise that the sta­tion ac­tu­ally has two main build­ings, boast­ing con­trast­ing ar­chi­tec­tural styles and ma­te­ri­als. The orig­i­nal ran­dom stone struc­ture dates (I think) from the 1840s and, al­though partly boarded-up, features or­nate gables and chim­ney stacks. The ‘new’ build­ing is a red-brick af­fair that may look a lit­tle aus­tere at first glance, but ac­tu­ally pos­sesses some fine de­tail touches. Featuring an in­cised name and open­ing date (1889), this build­ing is still in use as a ticket of­fice and wait­ing room. Re­cent re-sig­nalling work has sadly con­signed the sem­a­phores to his­tory, yet Thet­ford’s sig­nal box re­mains, al­beit out of use and ap­pear­ing unloved. A siding and traces of the goods yard are also in­tact, with a tra­di­tional wagon height gauge still in situ. Thet­ford would cer­tainly make for an in­ter­est­ing mod­el­ling sub­ject, with the quin­tes­sen­tial Rail­way Ho­tel across the car park com­plet­ing the scene. This was part of my first ever visit to Nor­folk and, after trav­el­ling along a few lines em­a­nat­ing from Nor­wich, I’m ea­ger to re­turn and ex­plore more of ‘Alan Par­tridge coun­try’! Mod­el­ling hours this month: 30 Note to self: Ex­plore more of Nor­folk’s sur­viv­ing (and pre­served) rail­ways.

Above: Thet­ford’s old and ‘new’ sta­tion build­ings – con­trast­ing ar­chi­tec­tural styles and ma­te­ri­als.

In­set above: The newer struc­ture features plenty of at­trac­tive brick pat­terns, as well as in­cised let­ter­ing and build date.

Right: Al­though now out of use, the sig­nal box re­mains, as does much of the goods yard – even the old wagon height gauge!

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